Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finding TED talks the easy way

I've mentioned the TED talks before - briefly, TED is a conference held in various places around the world where the best minds come to showcase leading edge ideas to attendees. Luckily, most of these presentations are recorded so that anyone on the internet can watch them later, but the TED site doesn't exactly organize the videos extremely well.

Luckily, we have people who give of their time to sort through the collection and produce spreadsheets like this one, where all the talks available are sorted in order of date published, so that you may watch them in order. Or you can sort them by conference or by name of presenter. I look to TED as the world's greatest classroom, often daring to watch videos on topics I'm not normally interested in and coming away with a profound feeling of respect and awe. The best part is that all of this is knowledge is free and I think this perfectly sums up what makes the internet so freaking fantastic.

Parents: Want your kids to learn about the world from the people doing the most to make things happen? Get them to watch some TED presentations with you. Because now more than ever, the people best equipped to change the world are those who arm themselves with the latest information. And now much of that information is being released to the world for free.

Isn't that grand?

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