6 Amazing TED Talks on Technology You Cannot Miss!

6 Amazing TED Talks on Technology You Cannot Miss!


TED talks have been very popular and the presenters have given some amazing information over the years.  Here are some for the technology enthusiasts and geeks.  Happy viewing and enjoy!

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1.Athletic Power of Quadcopters

Mathematical models and Control theory help the scientists create algorithms that can help quads maneuver in many ways.  In fact, the quads can have other external systems (a glass of water or a pole) added to it and it will balance them perfectly.  The demos are astounding and the physics as well as mathematics is very complex!

2. Why we will rely on Robots

As the population ages – will the presence of better and better robots help or hurt the populations?  Will the jobs go away?  How will the robots play in the changed world of old people? Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn.  He points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population — and learn to help them at home, too.


3. Inventing the Impossible

Pablos Holman shows how his group takes the world’s products and issues and come up with the most ingenious ways to resolve them!  They have created world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot!    He is working at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory to work on Futuristic projects.  So they came up with fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria!

4. Imaging at a trillion frames per second

Photography and the ability to capture images has revolutionized the human civilization.  This entire area is growing at an amazing pace!  Here Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

5. Printed Jumo Jet on a 3D Printer!

Designer Bastian Schaefer shares a futuristic design process for the jet planes and it is inspired by  strong, flexible, natural forms on the planet.  Some of the uses of the 3D Printing in the future world are:

1. Rocket parts. NASA is working on the largest rocket ever constructed that is projected to take humans to Mars by 2030. Bypassing traditional processes for building rocket parts, which require welding of seams, creating a single seamless 3D printed piece means less chance for leakage. It also cuts down the cost of manufacturing by almost half. Recently, NASA tested 3D-printed rocket engine injectors in hot-fire tests, exposing them to extreme temperatures and pressures. They passed with flying colors.

2. Guns. Marc Goodman, in his 2012 TED Talk, pondered the effect that new technologies like 3D printing would have on crime. He proposed a scary scenario: cheap guns and bullets that can be printed in one’s own home. A year later, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson created and shot the first 3D printed handgun in May 2013. And up until a few months ago, blueprints were available to the public on his website.

3. Meat and leather. The US startup Modern Meadow is working on creating meat and leather products — without killing animals.  Founder Andras Forgacs, who spoke on the TED Global 2013 stage, asked, “Animal products are just collections of tissues. So what if instead of starting with animals, we started with cells?” Using a stem-cell sample taken from a biopsy, the cell is cultured until it’s multiplied. Then this bioink that contains hundreds of live cells is printed, and the cells form living tissue. Forgacs is starting with leather, then moving on to meat.

4. Virtually any food. Can the technology of 3D printing be harnessed to tackle world hunger? Anjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation, is working on a prototype for a “universal food synthesizer.” It sounds like a crazy science fiction story: a 3D printer in each household with the ability to print healthy meals from powders, with a shelf life of at least 15 years. But it’s becoming a probable reality.

5. A house. Designer Alastair Parvain explores the idea of regular people being able to print and construct their own homes. In his TED Talk, he talks about WikiHouse, an open-source construction kit that’s a library of 3D models and cutting files that will allow anyone using a CNC machine and plywood, to “print” out the parts for their own house. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, construction of a 6-meter tall printer called the KamerMaker(Dutch for room-maker) has already begun for printing components of a house.

6. Liquid metal parts. At North Carolina State University, researchers developed ametal alloy that remains at a liquid state at room temperature. They then used a syringe to arrange the droplets into a vertical chain-like structure. The next step, now, is to create a 3D printer for the purpose of printing this liquid metal. If the technology is harnessed, it would allow for the creation of bendy electronics, and revolutionize the electronics manufacturing process.

7. Bionic ear and jaw bone.  Right now, the potential for 3D printing in the medical sphere is incredible. Last year, an 83-year-old Belgian woman received the first 3D printed jaw bone, a transplant that was tailored specifically for her facial structure. Abionic ear was printed from a concoction of calf cells and hydrogel and antennae made from nanoparticles. The first version allowed hearing at a superhuman range, powerful enough to pick up radio waves.

8. High fashion. Designers are already experimenting with 3D-printed materials increative and innovative ways. The cheaper cost of manufacturing would certainly have an impact on the current system of mass production. Silk is already being experimented with. MIT researchers have used 6,500 silkworms to 3D-print this ethereal silk dome-shaped pavilion covering.

9. A Moon base. Architecture firm Foster + Partners have paired with The European Space Agency to investigate the possibility of a 3D printed moon habitat. The material used in the printing process would be moon dust and soil that would be layered to form a building block, not unlike concrete. This method would save us from the challenge of transporting raw building materials.

6. A Robot that Flies like a Bird

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Mankind has always dreamt of flying.  We used airplanes and hang-gliders and even parachutes to do that.  Now, can we make robots fly like birds?  Here is Markus Fischer – who along with his team at Festo have built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings!  Check out the demo!





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