The word TED is suddenly in the Indian news due the fact that Mr. Shah Rukh Khan will be hosting TED Talks in hindi. So let us understand what TED actually means. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED.com is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. Today it covers almost all topics from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages.
Here are 5 of the influential TED Talks from 2016:
Journalist Jennifer Kahn speaks about the CRISPR gene drives that allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. In articles that span the gene-editing abilities of CRISPR, the roots of psychopathic behavior in children, and much more, Jennifer Kahn weaves gripping stories from unlikely sources.
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense. But he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.
To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty
We’re raising our girls to be perfect. And we’re raising our boys to be brave. Says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.” Through her nonprofit, Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani initiates young women into the tech world. Her goal: one million women in computer science by 2020.