You can learn a few things by watching or listening to TED Talks, and that's especially true on the technology front, where everything from drones to coding for kids to government hacking are all discussed with great passion and insight.
Here's a collection of talks from the past year that dive into high-speed wireless technology, tech advances for the sight-impaired and the game of email spam.
Forget Wi-Fi. Meet the new Li-Fi Internet | Harald Haas
This talk will get plenty of visits this year as this light-powered, high-speed wireless networking becomes more real (demonstrations took place at Mobile World Congress in February).
A delightful way to teach kids about computers | Linda Liukas
“Code is the next universal language,” says Liukas, a programmer who helps kids learn to code through her Hello Ruby book. She got her start in tech creating a web page devoted to her crush as a 14-year-old: United States VP Al Gore.
This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch
The British writer and comedian does what we’ve all want to do at some point: Respond to spam promising you riches, in this case gold.
Can a computer write poetry? | Oscar Schwartz
The answer is obviously yes, or he wouldn’t give this talk, right? Schwartz, an Australian writer and poet, conducted research that led to development of the Turing test for poetry.
Let's design social media that drives real change | Wael Ghonim
A computer engineer/Internet activist/social entrepreneur, Ghonim helped spark Arab Spring by anonymously creating a Facebook page. While the social media movement initially focused on positive change, things grew ugly soon enough…
Governments Don't Understand Cyber Warfare. We Need Hackers | Rodrigo Bijou
An infosec researcher, Bijou warns about plodding governments in an era of fast changing technology backed by active feedback loops.
How New Technology Helps Blind People Explore the World | Chieko Asakawa
This IBM Fellow, who lost her sight at the age of 14, helps to make the visually impaired more independent via technology advances.
An Internet Without Screens Might Look Like This | Tom Uglow
Leave it to the brainiacs at Google Creative Lab to come up with new and better ways to deliver information to people in their “happy place.”
Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future | Raffaello D’Andrea
This Swiss Federal Institute of Technology professor and autonomous systems pioneer in February 2016 showed off inventions that go way beyond seemingly futuristic delivery drones. (This hasn’t officially made it to YouTube yet, so here’s the link.)