Posted on April 16, 2012 by matthewdbenson
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“How can we get 100 million people translating the web into every major language for free?”
Does this sound like a crazy question? I thought so initially, and I still have a few caveats, but I’m very impressed by the outrageous ambition of the ‘duolingo‘ initiative that follows …
Filed under: Language translation | Tagged: Clay Shirky, collaboration, Crowdsourcing, Duolingo, language learning, language training, languages, Luis von Ahn, TEDx, Translation, Wikipedia | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 26, 2011 by matthewdbenson
TEDxBrussels, which I attended earlier this week (November 22, 2011), had the tagline “A day deep in the future” – the talks covered a broad range of perspectives around this theme, covering “Technology”, “Science from Fiction”, “Science”, “Made in Belgium”, and “Politics and Economics” – within this last category, Paddy Ashdown gave an excellent 18 minute talk titled “Why the world will never be the same & what we should do about it” (click on the video above to watch the talk).
Filed under: Global economic environment | Tagged: Chris Patten, economy, Global economic environment, nation states, Paddy Ashdown, TED, TED talks, TEDx, TEDxBrussels | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 14, 2011 by matthewdbenson
I’ve already written two blog posts on TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, whereby the talks from those conferences, as well as franchise TEDx conferences are made available for free viewing online (“TED Talks. We listen.” and “My TEDxperience“), as well as having referred to it in a number of other blog posts. I like TED.
TED offers so many good ideas – indeed it’s tag line is ‘ideas worth spreading’.
Our mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
So we spread those ideas, what next? Do those ideas turn into reality? Perhaps not always, and maybe that can lead to some frustration.
Filed under: Internet & technology | Tagged: Dave Meslin, Ideas, politics, TED, TED Prize, TED talks, TEDx, The antidote to apathy | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 8, 2010 by matthewdbenson
Today I attended the TEDxMunich event, held in the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany. The TEDx events are independently organized TED events, which are held under guidelines set by TED (see my earlier post, ‘TED Talks. We listen.‘, for further details about what TED is, and my thoughts and opinions thereon).
In this post I aim to share some feedback on the TEDx event. My primary interest in attending the event was to better understand the TED ‘movement’ and how it works in the background, beyond just being a series of videos of talks recorded on TED.com or YouTube.
Filed under: Leadership and personal development | Tagged: Dr Michael Tobias, Magnus Larsson, Paul Cocksedge, Russell Buckley, Shaun Bailey, Sonny Klawitter, TED, TED talks, TED.com, TEDx, TEDxMunich | 4 Comments »