The Rise of Video & Impacts

Here is a taste of things to come. Watch for the huge impact from well produced and engaging video online. Some of the best comes from TED.

50 million TED talks have now been viewed worldwide, nearly half of them outside the U.S. To keep pace with demand, we’re now releasing a new talk every weekday. (Today, be sure to watch Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander, who was a huge hit at this year’s TED conference).

To celebrate two years and 50 million TED talks, we’re releasing for the first time the list of the Top 10 TED talks (below). These are the talks that have proven most popular over time, and — interestingly — they mainly feature speakers who were little-known before their talk was released. (The most popular talk, viewed 2 1/2 million times and counting, features neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, who observed her own stroke while it was happening.)

I’ve watched the Jill Bolte Taylor one a couple of times and it is right up there on the wacky scale but strangely compelling.

Here is the top ten list then with a few more comments from me. (I’ve seen 104 of them) See http://www.ted.com/talks/top10 if links don’t work

Top 10 TEDTalks of all time
1. Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight wacky and I prefer Alan Russell or Sherman Nuland videos also on TED in similar medical areas.
2. Jeff Han’s touchscreen foreshadows the iPhone and more Haven’t seen it – but I want a 3G iphone already.
3. David Gallo shows underwater astonishments 4 mins short- a surprise here.
4. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth if you like Google Earth
5. Arthur Benjamin does “mathemagic” Haven’t seen this but will now.
6. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity A personal favourite – a well pitched talk by a great speaker
7. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen Another top presenter – has 1 other also worth checking out
8. Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do eek! I just don’t see the appeal – but he is a self help brand name for some / snake oil for the rest of us.
9. Al Gore on averting a climate crisis Enough said already – but worth noting that the first presentation was road tested at TED before the movie etc. There are now two videos from Al.
10. Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks This is a real gem –

A brilliant example of a product taking a life of its own when someone else sees a new market for a new product and takes it there. I’d be guessing Wii wish they had though of this one. At 5mins 40 seconds you can watch this one easily.

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. Researcher Johnny Lee became a YouTube star with his demo of Wii Remote hacks — which is almost more interesting than what he actually did – is the speed at which it has been picked up globally.

I previously wrote about the 2008 TED conference at Changing the World with Dave Eggers which should be in the top 10 in my view. In that post towards the bottom is a series of candid post by David Cowan from the conference itself.

“For those who want to know more about the TED conference David Cowan has posted an extensive series of very entertaining posts for each day of the conference. I have included the list below along with a few of his comments. Thanks David – almost as good as being this is what he wrote about Benjamin Zander.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008
TED Friday Afternoon: Shining Eyes

Title refers to the Benjamin Zander session.

Here is a top 10 video mix

Watch the Top 10 Talks highlights video >>

For an extended review of the implications of the Johnny Lee innovation, links with Kevin Kelly and wider comments on the future of video and television you are welcome to contuinue reading over at Product Innovation & Video

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