I went to TED2010 in Long Beach, CA. This is a record of my personal experience.
Top 20 take aways:
1. The people makes up the event. Everyone is approachable, intellectual, and uber interesting. This inevitably made me feel inferior by comparison.
2. Sam Harris and Sir Ken Robinson both write books worth reading. Where is your moral compass, people?
3. Eventually the science of medicine will lead us all to a world where death will be prolonged even further, and life will be filled with existential questions.
4. Bill Gates will talk about what Bill Gates wants to talk about. Rest assure it's not gonna be about Microsoft (Though someone else will). Rest assure he will bring a jar of animal to release on stage.
5. Sergey Brin has been hitting the gym. Thanks for the phone!
6. Enormous amounts of really awesome food / snacks is ultimately bad for you.
7. Sarah Silverman's words are purposeful. And if you are squirming in your seat, she's got you.
8. On human computer interaction: Screen is the past. Gesture is the present. Spatial movement is the future.
9. I don't like watching musical. I do like watching a mosquito targeted and zapped by high beam laser.
10. People are people, no matter how famous they are or what acronyms are on the badges.
11. The mobile playground was hardly used by attendees at TED. Goes to show that the older you get, the less likely you are to interact creatively with physical objects in an impromptu setting. But you are more likely to wear a wrist watch - that's to say you partake in the proliferation of a single-function device.
12. A 3 yr old isn't 1/2 of a 6 yr old. I wish my future kid is never subjected to the premature adulthood of the 12-yr old girl speaker.
13. Take someone unexpected on a magic carpet ride.
14. After 40+ decks of slides, I am only as good as the communication pipeline allows.
15. Music is the language of the heart. Dance is the language of the soul. Drooling over talented performer is a primitive act. Self, you are forgiven.
16. Jamie Oliver is one passionate man with a seriously ambitious wish. The only way for his wish to come true is to create a model that makes economic sense. I wonder how he'll pull it off. See his wish here.
17. Event planning is kind of like puppeteering. It's always harder than you think. When it's done well, you don't even know it exist.
18. My water needs me as much as I need her.
19. People from Africa are so good at story telling. Something about the rhythm in their voices - so captivating.
20. TED is fancy, indeed. But beyond that, it is also intellectually stimulating, warm, and personal. Knowing where the content we all learn over the last few days will go (i.e. free to the world thru ted.com) makes me smile.
Three conversations that opened my eyes:
1. Some lady at the dinner table on the first night. She told a story about how she and her husband traveled from Amsterdam through the Middle East, India, and down towards Burma, to Thailand over the course of 13 months back in 1973. This was before Lonely Planet existed.
2. The man behind "Barcelona Project" - which was really a code name for "yeah, I uprooted my entire family, moved from Cali to Barcelona for the hell of it, and will now take my time to figure out my next move while traveling the world" .. Novel act.
3. Me: "So what's your next big thing after this?" Chris: "Monday we begin rehearsals for the Oscars". See takeaway #15.
This is Chris - brain behind LXD.
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