Here’s what I’ve learned:
- We all need at least 8 hugs a day
- The word “silhouette” comes from an overeager French finance minister
- Grandmas rock
- We are all essentialists deep inside
- Zorse, cama and beefalo are not mythological creatures
- Conspiracy theorists are right, especially at 4am in the morning!
- Polio can and should be eradicated
- When I am wrong I feel like I am right
- And that happiness comes from relationships
I take TED talks as an entertainment and watch them during cardio in place of TV shows. Sometimes when I get off the elliptical trainer I am inspired by people trying their best to solve hard problems. When I am lucky the talk rubs off on me and I get energetic about pushing forward some project, fixing code, or even writing a blog post after a long long time!
Yes, the presented solutions are oversimplified. And yes, many of the solutions are over-idealized. But hey, those smart people don’t stop working when their talk is over. I hope they’ll figure out all the gritty details off stage. And if their solution doesn’t deliver, it might be because inventing the future is hard, really hard.
And if TED megachurch is bringing civilizational disaster then I’d like to order two of those, with overnight delivery, please.