TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design,” is an international conference series that operates under the motto “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The focus is on the enjoyable aspects of the experience. The first TED conference was held in 1984 as a one-time event, and the tradition of holding it annually began in 1990.
TED’s early concentration was on technology and design, which was in line with its Silicon Valley roots. However, the organization has subsequently shifted its attention to include talks on a wide variety of scientific, cultural, and academic subjects. This is a collection of some of our favorite TED talks about wearable technology and related topics.
The Accelerating Power of Technology - Ray Kurzweil (January 2007)
Even though it’s been around for more than a decade, this remains one of our favorite songs of all time. Ray Kurzweil, an innovator, entrepreneur, and visionary explains in copious detail and with a firm footing in reality why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human mind and nanobots will be controlling your awareness. He predicts that this will occur.
The Future of Wearables - Lee Shupp (November 2015)
During this session, Lee Shupp investigates how we should relate to wearable technology, which refers to the type of technology that will first be on us, then in us, and finally a part of us.
Heart attacks claim the lives of millions of individuals every single year. The challenge lies in identifying the issue before it becomes too late to find a solution. In this video, Akash Manoj, a 17-year-old inventor, demonstrates a low-cost, portable, and wearable device that is capable of monitoring patients around the clock for signs of the disease. It has been discovered that when your heart is having problems, it will send out SOS signals into your bloodstream in the form of cardiac biomarkers or proteins. This is one of the early stages of a heart attack, and the gadget is able to pick up on these warning signs and alert consumers.
Wearable Technology-Daniel Kraft (April 2011)
Dr. Daniel Kraft is a physician as well as a scientist who is also an inventor and a pioneer. He provides a look ahead to the next few years of breakthroughs in medicine, which will be fueled by new tools, tests, and applications that send diagnostic information directly to the bedside of the patient.
How Wearable Technology Will Change Our Lives - Mary Lou Jepsen (April 2018)
This is an intriguing film that demonstrates the potency of red light as well as the relatively harmless near-infrared light. Mary Lou Jepsen discusses the possibility of utilizing red light as a means of observing and possibly stimulating activity within our bodies and brains. This makes it possible to see deep into the tissue and find abnormalities like tumors. Also, the technology has the potential to replace expensive MRI machines, which would make healthcare better, more efficient, and cheaper for everyone.
Wearable Tech Expands Human Potential - Lauren Constantini (September 2014)
Is technology taking over the human potential for interaction and comprehension, or is it improving our ability to know both ourselves and the people around us, thereby assisting us in becoming our best selves? Lauren Costantini examines what it means to be human in the era of the quantified self in this thought-provoking talk that will inspire you.
Can We Create New Senses for Humans? - David Eagleman (March 2015)
We, humans, are only capable of perceiving a tiny fraction of all of the light waves that exist. According to neuroscientist David Eagleman, “the way we experience reality is bound by our biology.” He is working to make that difference. Because of his research into the processes that occur within our brains, he has developed novel interfaces, such as a sensory vest, that can take in information about the environment that has never been observed before.
How Augmented Reality Will Change Sports… and Build Empathy - Chris Kluwe (March 2014)
Chris Kluwe is interested in speculating on the future of sports and considering the ways in which technological advancements may benefit not only athletes and coaches but also spectators. In this piece, the former National Football League punter imagines a tomorrow in which augmented reality would allow individuals to enjoy sports as if they were actually on the field, and possibly even help them see others in a new perspective.
Human Exoskeletons – for War and Healing - Eythor Bender (March 2011)
Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics introduces two incredible exoskeletons, HULC, and eLEGS, onto the stage. These exoskeletons are robotic add-ons that might one day enable a person to carry 200 pounds without becoming fatigued or enable a person in a wheelchair to stand up and stroll. It’s a great live show, and it has implications for what humans can do in general.
How to Live Before You Die - Steve Jobs (June 2005)
Although it is not a TED presentation, we thought it was important enough to include it on this list. At the 114th Commencement of the university, which took place on June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, encouraged graduate students to chase their ambitions and see the possibilities in life’s missteps, including death itself. Jobs drew on some of his most formative experiences in his remarks.