Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. – Arthur C. Clarke (Author)
Here’s my selection of ‘TED Talks on technology you shouldn’t miss’. Be stirred, inspired and tech-ready for the future.
1) The future is here. In this talk, Jordan Duffy, a serial entrepreneur and technology innovation expert, explores how the internet of things is changing our lives in ways we don’t even recognise.
Jordan Duffy is a serial entrepreneur, technology innovation expert and, at the age of 21, co-owns Buckham & Duffy, an innovation and rapid development firm with 18 employees. Jordan’s passion for technology and business started at home assembling computers, and his entrepreneurial journey started at age 14 with business partner Alex Buckham. Alex and Jordan have been growing businesses for eight years. Business aside, Jordan is an avid self-educator and driven change maker. He has seen 15 countries, battled cancer and chronic pain, and played drums on the Great Wall of China in the 2008 Olympic Orchestra.
2) A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris.
From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they’re all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.
3) When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value?
Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.
4) As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?
Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Facebook took 3.5 years to acquire 50 million customers, Whatsapp took 15 months, Angry Birds took 15 days.
By 2025, 2 billion people will have their first banking experience on their smart phone. 80% of these people will never walk in a bank branch.
Disruption across various industries and in different ways and as an island nation could this be an opportunity?
VIDIA MOONEEGAN is considered a pioneer of the Mauritius IT-BPO industry. He is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ceridian, a cloud Human Capital Management software and services company. He is responsible for the Mauritius operations which employs some 800 associates. Vidia’s experience includes engaging partners globally to provide sourcing solutions. He has served as President of the outsourcing association of Mauritius and is a council member of Business Mauritius. His has worked for TNT Business Solutions, Schlumberger Oilfield Services and Arthur Andersen, UK.