TED, according to their tagline is about “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TED, short for Technology, Entertainment and Design is, in their own words:
“a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”.
For me, TED Talks are one of the great parts of being a distance runner (that and eating a lot and sleeping pretty well). You can sign up for TED Talks through iTunes, and listen to at least 3-4 a week. So I am helping spread the word. Try one out and see if you like it.
TED Talks are inspiring, funny, insightful and usually pretty much amazing. People around us are working on remarkable projects.
A couple of my recent favorites are:
Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second