4 cool TED talks you should check out today

December 11, 2017

Do you sometimes think to yourself, what can we possibly come up with that hasn't been invented yet? I mean, we 3D print organs, and launch robots into space. We can't add to that, can we? But then again, people were able to build an airplane in an era before the calculators.


If Entrepreneurship & Innovation existed B.G. (Before Google), what can possibly stop us?

If you need motivation, a reminder about the power of individuals, a memo on how awesome the human brain is, or whatever it takes to take this idea you’ve been toying with in the back of your brain and put it into action, check out these 4 inspiring TED talks.

 

“What is not started will never get finished” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

 

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Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

 

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.

 

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Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

 

"Remember before the internet?" asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?" In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what's going on around you right now. Don't be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

 

 

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Get ready for hybrid thinking

 

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

 

 

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What I learned from 2,000 obituaries

 

Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, what achievement looks like over a lifetime. Here he shares what those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.

 

 

 

 

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