By Scott Crossan
With over 1600 talks available to watch online, the non profiting organisation TED Talks aims to share the thoughts and ideas of some of the worlds brightest thinkers. The organisation takes pride in covering “almost all topics – from science to business to global issues”. The organisations independent TEDx goes off into communities in order to get us all sharing ideas with one another and on March 15th they are coming to Glasgow.
Glasgow University will host the event which will be appropriately themed on connectivity. The idea is to showcase the best Scottish talent with the rest of Europe by creating large multi-topical discussions to create a platform for future thinkers. This platform will provide speakers with the opportunity to present their best ideas they have produced from their area of expertise.
Here are a list of top 5 speakers already showcasing their ideas on TED Talk:
The American born comedian talks about her mental breakdown but in an interesting and very funny way. She raises some serious issues about stress and the human brain which leaves you thinking. For example, people who are physically unwell or hurt get sympathy meanwhile people who are mentally unwell or hurt get stereotyped and often criticised.
As Grégoire explains, spinal cord injuries affect around 50,000 people every year. When the spinal cord is damaged or severed, messages from the brain cannot be passed down beyond the point of breakage. This terrible accident results in the loss of leg movement and in severe cases the loss of any body movement whatsoever. However, could this life long damage soon be curable? Grégoire and his team’s groundbreaking work have paved the way for future scientific breakthroughs.
Every sci-fi fan has had the thought “imagine I could control that machine with my mind”. It is an idea that has always captured the dreams of millions since the start of sci-fi films. Most recently seen in Iron Man 3 when Tony Stark creates the technology that enables himself to control his iron suits just by thinking. Thanks to Miguel’s work we can now picture it as a reality! Fair enough, you might not own a robot or an iron suit, but imagine being able to control your computer, phone or games by using nothing but your mind.
Everyone gets stage fright, it’s normal! Whether it is on a stage or in front of a crowd of people. Being the centre of attention, believe it or not, for some people can be a daunting prospect. In this talk, Joe humorously discusses how he overcame his overwhelming stage fright and provides some good advice on how you can do the same!
Named as the worlds best ever pick pocket, Apollo shows how easy it can be to misdirect someones attention in order to take their belongings. He shows how talented he really is and to a live audience who are left stunned by the end of the show. *Disclaimer: Scotcampus are not promoting the use of misdirection to steal… we are just showing you how to do it*.
What is your favourite TED Talk video? Tweet us @Scotcampus and let us know what you are most looking forward to about TEDx.