Tuesday, July 10, 2012

myTED: Favorite TED talks so that you don't waste your time

What do scientists do in their free time?

I found out about TED in 2007, a few months after they started releasing the talks online for free (this was my first). Thankfully, only a few dozen talks were online back then. I watched them all, and then I started watching the talks posted online at the TED website. I have watched every single TED talk posted online since then.

The TED culture grew tremendously ever since. We got talks from multiple TED conferences, from all over the years, as well as from TEDx events. Even myself I managed to attend a couple of TEDx events. There are over 1000 talks available to watch online right now, and someone that is just starting to be involved with TED will find it impossible to catch up.

Enter myTED.

I have hand-picked what I find to be the best from all the TED talks in various categories, and have posted them in my website myted.timaras.comI keep adding more talks from time to time if some new talk is interesting enough. 

Out of the 1100 TED talks available online, you will find about 80 in in various sections, roughly 8 per category. I even have a section named The Classics, which includes 7 of what I consider to be the quintessential TED talks.

There is no way to objectively judge a talk, as it depends on each person’s interests. So, the talks I choose to post here are filtered through the lens of my personality. You will notice, for example, I have an inclination towards physics, geopolitics, and life choices. However, I strongly believe that every talk that appears here has something important to teach – an idea definitely worth spreading.