TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and their site offers you the opportunity to view talks on all sorts subjects given by all sorts of people with all sorts of points of view. I caught wind of TED from a BioTechniques post by Kevin Ahern – thanks Kevin! Of course for this blog I focused my attention on the biology talks – there are a bunch that look interesting to me – but the talks cover a wide range of subjects, as you can see from their talks tags list. To quote TED on TED:
TED is a small 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 the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
So, the next time you think (or hear) ‘there’s nothing good on TV’, you might consider turning to TED – an interesting friend indeed.