5 Great Ted Talks for Engineering and Technology

engineering If you’ve been reading our recent blog posts, you’ve certainly noticed a recurring theme. We’ve been featuring different topics about how the Internet of Things is moving forward and changing the way products are engineered. With that in mind, I want to share with you five great Ted Talks focused on innovation and engineering.

I first came to learn about TED Talks over 10 years ago. Many refer to these talks as the gold standard for inspiration and learning about the world we live in. I couldn’t agree more. What I appreciate most is that they are all under 18 minutes! So, grab a beverage and enjoy!

Introducing the Industrial Internet

In October of 2013, the Chief Economist at General Electric, Marco Annunziata took to the stage in San Francisco to share his passion for for what is being called the “Age of the Industrial Internet”. GE is credited with coining this term that has quickly become ubiquitous in engineering.


The Devil is in the Details with Product Design

Tony Fadell, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, is very fun to watch in this next talk. It reminds me a bit of Peter Thiel’s book “Zero to One” when he introduced the book by saying:

“It’s easier to copy a model than make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.”

In his Ted Talk, Tony says, “It’s easy to solve a problem everyone sees, but it’s hard to solve a problem that almost no one sees,” when he talks about the little details of designing products.


Turbulence All Around Us

Dr Neil Ashton CEng is a researcher at the University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre and currently a visiting scholar at NASA Ames Research Centre. In this TedXOxford talk, he describes how turbulence is all around us, but how most people only think of it when flying and hitting some unsettling air pocket.


The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure

A look inside the “moonshot factory,” with the head of X (formerly GoogleX). He and his team work on solving the world’s biggest problems through engineering experimental projects. Think balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. In this talk, he shares X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.


And finally, I’m not going to give this one away… just watch this super short video (6 minutes) when Melissa Marshall says “Talk Nerdy to me!”


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