Philip Petit’s TED Talk is delightful. Petit is best known in the United States for walking across a wire strung from the South Tower of the World Trade Center to the North Tower. In his TED Talk, he takes us on a journey that begins with his first card trick.
This weeks On The Mediafocused on the role of online gaming in our society. I found this story, called “The Future of Gaming” very interesting for its discussion of the role gaming is shaping the future of collaboration.
The story includes a sound clip from a TED talk by Jane McGonigal, the head of research and development at the the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit forecasting firm.
The story also includes this clip of Jesse Schell speaking at DICE. Schell is founder of Schell Games and a professor at Carnegie Mellon. This is Schell’s full presentation, in which he explains the psychology behind the success of online games. Schell maintains that online games are breaking through to a reality where games are used to incent behavior.
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This TED talk by Matt Ridley is brilliant. Ridley talks about how human progress has been fueled by the mating of ideas and the specialization of people. His statement that there is no one alive today who knows how to make a computer mouse sounds silly at first, but turns out to be a profound illustration of his point.
Aimee Mullins was born without shin bones. She went on to become the first double amputee to compete in Division I track and field. She set world records in the 1996 Paralympics. Mullins has been a featured speaker at at least a couple of TED Conferences, including one, very enjoyable talk, where she explains the advantages of having 12 pairs of legs.
Recently, TED posted a video of her most recent, and most compelling talk about the incredible ability of people to adapt and overcome adversity and the debilitating impact of our labeling people “disabled.” Says Mullin, “the only true disability is a crushed spirit.”