TED Points 06: What a driverless world would look like

  • ⏲ 11:31 length
  • 👍 Engaging storytelling
  •  💯 Worth the watch: thought-provoking talk about biology and traffic to rethink traffic

  1. Our biological vascular system is the most sophisticated "transportation laboratory" that has been perfected over billions of years to move nutrients, gases, and proteins.
  2. The old thinking is to enlarge existing highways but it's just not viable in growing dense urban environments when the real estate and public finances aren't available.
  3. What if there were driverless systems that keep flowing and can have modular vehicles that breakaway to deliver passengers to destinations? What if there was an elevated bus that could drive above cars that were stuck in traffic?
In the US alone, we spent 29.6 billion hours commuting in 2014. With that amount of time, ancient Egyptians could have built 26 Pyramids of Giza.
Why are we wasting so much space if it is what we need the most? Why are we doing this to ourselves?

TED Points 05: Keep your goals to yourself

  • ⏲ 3:15 length
  • 🌤 Not the best presentation (although I'm a fan of him ever since seeing him speak live) but bonus points for landing the message in 3 minutes
  • 🎯 A point that I personally believe in

  1. Stop blabbing about your goals. When friends respond with encouragement, it gives a sense of feel-good that detracts you from working towards the goal.
  2. Scientific community's term for it is 'substitution'. 
  3. I find his point to be very valid from a personal example that weighs heavy from dedicating a full year to attempting and failing at Selection
...your mind mistakes the talking for the doing...

TED Points 04: Global population growth, box by box

  • ⏲ 10:04 length
  • 👍 Convincing speaker
  • 💯 Highly recommend for a better grasp on a global issue that is not discussed enough

  1. "Child survival is the new green". A better child mortality rate leads to a more sustainable world... Fascinating segment starting at 6:27 to show why this makes sense. 
  2.  The buying power of an economy to go from walking, cycling, driving, flying is relevant as it goes from poor to emerging to rich. A personal observation of this point is the massive surge of Chinese tourists over the last few years.
  3. I was impressed with the tactic of explaining an information dense topic by not relying on charts and graphs, but with the masterful use of mundane IKEA boxes instead.
...But if, and only if, [the poorest] get out of poverty, they get education, they get improved child survival, they can buy a bicycle and a cell phone and come [to live in a better economy], then population growth will stop...