The widespread adoption of “smart phones” into mainstream society has led to countless applications, also known as “apps,” being produced that help people easily and quickly access information and entertainment on their phones. Yet apps can do so much more than merely tell people the latest news or play games—they can actually allow users to listen to the most up-to-date speeches and declarations from some of the leading minds in academics, politics, and other society-altering institutions.
TED is one such app that allows users to listen to speeches made by some of the most innovative thinkers in the world—and it can be downloaded for free. According to the iTunes page, TED provides listeners with “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” TED promotes the concept that some ideas are worth spreading and the best way to do this is to allow anyone, from anywhere in the world, the ability to download the TED app and listen to speeches that have been made by well-established minds during respected conferences.
TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design.” TED started in 1984 as a conference intended to bring people interested in technology, entertainment, and design together. Since then the organization has blossomed. TED is sponsored and supported by numerous well-known companies from Rolex to SONY and as they gain more popularity and credit the associate numbers increase. Presently, TED hosts two annual conferences in North America and Europe, is behind numerous academically beneficial projects, and even gives out awards. TED also has an extremely user friendly website full of fascinating content and, of course, an app that can be accessed from mostly anywhere at any time. More information about TED can be accessed via the app or the official website: http://www.ted.com/
TED allows users the wonderful opportunity to hear inspiring ideas from the leading minds in technology, entertainment, and design and these subjects also branch out into education, marketing, and every topic imaginable. There is truly something inspiring for everyone on TED and for those who are interested in online learning and informational systems the resource is invaluable.
The world is growing because of people’s ability to share ideas and inspire one another. Platforms such as TED allow such communication to occur easily and frequently and thus it is a program that directly and positively impacts the global future.