Top Five TED Talks on Technology!

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social learning engagementAs a Learning Technologies company at the forefront of innovation and development we’re really interested in technology. We live it, breathe it, dream about it, bore our loved ones to tears with it – when it comes to tech, we just can’t get enough!

That’s why we decided to put together five of our favourite TED Talks all about technology – the best developments of the past century and what’s on the horizon. Check ‘em out!

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1. Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

How do Facebook, Google and all those other big websites design for the hundreds of thousands of millions and billions of people that use them?

As it turns out, small things really matter! Take the Facebook Like button, for example. Margaret says it took the designer 280 hours over the course of several months to update the design. Why bother? Because when you’re designing at scale there is no such thing as a small detail – not when the Like button is seen on average 22 billion times a day and on over 7.5 million websites! Watch below:

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2. Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?

Why go to the moon? Why fly the Atlantic? We choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Jason explains the technological innovations that went into the Apollo space programme – how technology solved one huge problem of how to get to the moon.

But, he says, what has technology done for us lately? We’ve got trivial toys, apps, algorithms that speed up automated trading. Great – but they aren’t solving our ‘big problems’!

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3. Ron McCallum: How technology allowed me to read

Months after he was born, Ron McCallum became blind. In this TED Talk, Ron explains how he was part of a technological revolution that would make his dream of reading come true.

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4. David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

Think you know all the shortcuts on your computer or mobile phone? Think again!

Watch the video to find out how to: scroll up and down your browser without touching the mouse or arrow keys; redial the last number you called with one touch; quickly replace an incorrect word; and turn a $50 camera into a $1,000 camera!

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5. Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code

Coding and development is very close to our heart – we are a technology company, after all! Here, Mitch explains how he created Scratch, a website to help kids create projects, and highlights the importance of encouraging kids to code:

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We hope you enjoyed these top 5 TED Talks on technology! If you haven’t quite scratched that technology itch yet, don’t worry – we’ve got even more for you! The last few years have seen a boom in online learning development and the future is looking even more exciting. You can say goodbye to dull corporate eLearning, because your training programme is about to get even more fun! Download our free white paper to see what we mean!

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