5 TED talks that left an impression

POSTED BY Tony DeVincenzi on Mar 13, 2009

When it comes to sources of inspiration, I've found myself looking from Hillman Curtis to a bottle of Makers - sometimes with little distinction between them. Finding inspiration isn't always formulaic, and rarely arrives when expected, but there is one source that never disappoints, and that's TED.

These are 5 TED talks that left an impression.

1. Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen

Before we were won over by the iPhone's pinch-zoom-multi-touch goodness, Jeff Han demoed a fully functional mutli-touch interface. My initial impression: "Oh no he didn't"

2. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth

The first look at Photosynth was a final testimony for the power of socialized content. It was seeing all of the gears and mashups finally come together in one harmonious mind blowing example.

3. Jill Bolte Taylor's powerful stroke of insight

It’s not all technology on TED. It might have just been watching Jill Bolte hold a human brain in her hands, but her haunting story of experiencing a massive stroke and being able to recount it objectively was astonishing.

4. Deborah Gordon: How do ants know what to do?

Deborah Gordon’s study of ants and colony behavior raises all sorts of human behavioral questions. Who knew ants could be so fascinating.

5. Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play

IDEO CEO & designer Tim Brown gives an inspirational talk on harnessing creativity and letting go of the many stigmas of adulthood. Creative thinking and play at it’s best. This is my absolute favorite.

Share your favorite talks & other sources of inspiration in the comments.

WRITTEN BY Tony DeVincenzi

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