A couple of months ago I went to a Ted Talk with my father and friend in Salford.
Here are the speakers from the evening:
1. Thad Starner / Technical lead at Google Glass
2. Tariq Ramadan – Public Intellectual & Philosopher
3. Eleanor Longden – Research Psychologist
4. Graham Hughes – Record Breaking Adventurer & Filmmaker
5. Joanne Harris – Award Winning Poplar Author
6. Simon Singh – Best Selling Author & Science Communicator
7. Lemn Sissay – Award Winning Poet, Author & Playwright
8. Riot Jazz – An Electic Mix of Soul, Hip-Hop & Aggressive Jazz
The most influential talks I thought were:
Google Glass technician Thad Starner, Public Intellectual & Philosopher Tariq Ramadan and Eleanor Longden, Research Psychologist.
I particularly liked the Google Glass talk as it gave us an insight into how technology is rapidly increasing and advancing. Thad Starner also showed how using wearable computers will largely benefit passive learning and the rehabilitation process.
He showed this by using Mobile Music Touch. Mobile Music Touch is a fingerless glove that can teach a wearer how to play piano melodies while they do other tasks.
In this case, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers was tracking a hurricane on his computer and preparing his reports while passively learning the first phrase of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. He then tries to play the melody live, on-air. You can see that he does not trust it at first and then realises that he really did get the “muscle memory” of the song as he repeats it This process “Passive Haptic Learning.” Chad had no previous background in music.
Tariq Ramadan is the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University and President of the European Muslim Network. Through his writings nd lecturesm he has contributed sustantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world.
TIME magazine had twice recognised Ramadan; first in 2000, naming him #7 of the world’s top religious leaders, and again in 2004, as one of the world’s top 100 most influential intellectuals.
He was a brilliant talker, extensively talking about theology, ethics, social justice ecology and interfaith.
Eleanor Longden overcame her misdiagnosis of Schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.” Despite what traditional medicine may opine, Eleanor Longden isn’t crazy – and neither are many other people who hear voices in their heads.
Longden spent many years in the psychiatric system before earning a BSc and an MSc in psychology, the highest classifications ever granted by the University of Leeds.
Since last year after an event, I now have very bad anxiety in terms of my health. Longden’s speech on mental health was very inspiring due to this aspect, and how she overcame the problems which came with her experiences.