Reprise of TED 2009 in less than one hour...for a fine group of coworkers who didn't get the opportunity to attend in person. I really only hit the VERY TOP highlights as the actual recap is impossible.
• Juan Enriquez
A broad thinker who studies the intersection of
science, business and society, Juan Enriquez
has a talent for bridging disciplines to build a
coherent look ahead. The founding director of
the Harvard Business School Life Sciences
Project, Enriquez has published widely on topics
from the technical (global nucleotide data flow)
to the sociological (gene research and national
competitiveness), and was a member of Celera
Genomics founder Craig Venter's marine-based
team to collect genetic data from the world's
•Must Make Decisions in the
“Flames of the Present While
•3 Trends that Will Affect Us
2.Marriage of Tech/Biology
• “Humanity is on the verge of
becoming a new and utterly unique
•What makes this species so unique
is that it takes direct and deliberate
control over the evolution of the
•Calling it the “ultimate reboot,” he
points to the conﬂux of DNA
manipulation and therapy, tissue
generation, and robotics as making
this great leap possible.
• P.W. Singer
“Dr. Singer is considered one of the world’s leading
experts on changes in 21st century warfare. If
Moore’s law holds true, robots will become even more
powerful than they are today. There is a revolution in
the instruments of war. They affect not only the how,
but the who of fighting wars. It changes the
experience and identity of the warrior.
•You have to think of other countries
working on robotics. What does this mean
about the state of education, science and
tech in America? As we have gone open
source, so has warfare. The components can
be sourced from around the world. Bad guys
can also make drones just like Hobbyists do.
1. Reinforcement of power of individuals
2. Al-Qaeda 2.0 and a shift in tactics of
•Desynthesized terrorist organizations that might use
•Cubicle Warfare robotics in their attacks. ‘You do not have to
convince a robot that they will get 72 virgins
for their sacriﬁce’
• Bill Gates
In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with
Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Holding that all lives have
equal value (no matter where they're being lived), the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation has now donated staggering sums
to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agriculture research and
disaster relief -- and offered vital guidance and creative
funding to programs in global health and education.
Gates believes his tech-centric strategy for giving will prove
the killer app of planet Earth's next big upgrade.
•Malaria is the deadliest killer
on the planet.
•But, I am an optimist.
Bill Gates 2
1.How do you make a good
teacher? You don’t.
2.Testing v. Non-testing
3.Effective v Least Effective
•Tell People How Good They Are
•Work Hard, Be Nice
• Benjamin Zander
Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the
Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a
guest conductor and a speaker on leadership -- and he's been
known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to
help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that
bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues
•You always have one of three
•Luck + Skill Compound on
• Tim Berners-Lee
To me Tim Berners-Lee is simply one of the fathers of the
internet. He is credited with inventing the World Wide web.
He currently heads W3C
•Don’t hug your data too tight
•Data is only good when you do
something with it.
•Linked Data is critical
•Release Raw Data Now
• Seth Godin
quot;Seth Godin may be the ultimate entrepreneur for the
Information Age,quot; Mary Kuntz wrote in Business Week
nearly a decade ago. quot;Instead of widgets or car parts,
he specializes in ideas -- usually, but not always, his
own.quot; In fact, he's as focused on spreading ideas as he
is on the ideas themselves
•People Want Connection and
growth and something new.
•Tribes need leadership.
•You can’t be a leader without a
•Human beings can’t help it, we
need to belong.
•Not just to ONE tribe, but
•Belonging and NEW!
• Barry Schwartz
Barry Schwartz studies the relationship
between economics and psychology,
delivering startling insights into modern life.
His latest field of inquiry: wisdom.
“Practical wisdom” is an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy.
Rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help
rebuild our world