Session 1 just ended and I'm already teary-eyed and giddy and exhausted and fired-up and grateful ... some quotes:
"It is part of our destiny (as a species) to explore the universe" .. Carolyn Porco. WOW! Who talks about the destiny of our species? I love it! It is that kind of vision, that kind of passion that is going to get us out of our obsession with the trivial and onto caring about issues that have much more impact. Carolyn is a planetary scientist, head of imaging for NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, and incredible speaker. We saw the surface of Titan! We saw an eclipse of the sun by Saturn from the FAR side of the galaxy. Phenomenal!!
"'god' is the answer we give when we don't know the answer. When our vision isn't big enough." Designer, Philippe Starck. He talks about how we have written only half the story of our existence .. how where we came from (when we were bacteria, 4.5 bilion years ago), we couldn't have imagined where we are now .. and what it will subsequently be like 4.5 billion years from now. All with a charming French accent and a disarming sense of humour.
"Instead of asking 'Why is there war' we need to ask 'why is there peace'. Instead of asking 'what have we done wrong' we need to ask 'what have we done RIGHT?'" Steven Pinker. On the phenomena of decreasing violence (not increasing, which is likely counterintuitive to all of us). Pinker wrote How the Mind Works which is apparently an intense and fascinating read.
"When you're in poverty, YIELDS are important. To get out of poverty, TECHNOLOGY is important. To move *away* from poverty, MARKETS are important." Hans Rosling. AND he swallowed a sword while onstage. I saw Hans last year at TED. He's updated the Gapminder software and added in new data sets.
And this doesn't even describe TED U at which I attended 6 incredible sessions with 6 great presentations by fellow attendees.
It is such a privilege to be here.
There are a number of folks blogging TED. Bruno Giussani has listed them on the TED blog; I've listed them below. Some of these guys, Bruno included, do AMAZING notes of each session as it happens! My notes tend to be a little more personal, a lot less detail and occasionally less accurate :-). I encourage you to check them out! Also, someone has set up a Yahoo! Pipes feed of TED bloggers.
- Bruno Giussani (will also post some materials here)
- Chris Suellentrop
- David Hornik
- Diego Rodriguez
- Ethan Zuckerman
- Jordan Ayan
- Kate Trgovac
- Loic Le Meur
- Michael Cerda
- Sam Perry
- Tom Guarriello
Updated with links and a few additional notes, plus links to fellow TED bloggers.