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Desc:One of the best TED talks I've seen. Wall to wall conceptual awesomeness.
Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:mind, TED, design, TEDTalks, Paola Antonelli
Submitted:baleen
Date:03/24/09
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pastorofmuppets
I like Ben Fry, I like Seed, I even like most of what she was saying. But I can't shake the feeling that the work these people are doing is not half as important as they themselves think it is. And I do design work.
baleen

does it really matter? fake steaks that are multichromatic MRI-based slices of something that we can eat? robots that need to be loved? insane bee masks that detect cancer? I think this stuff is important because it's presenting these very intense technologies in an accessible and inviting way, while at the same time putting a face on important questions about what we are doing with our technology and what impact it will have on our way of life.

pastorofmuppets
The ideas are the easy part, though. I guess after spending enough time in design circles you just get "concept jaded", because everyone has these great mockups of things that you know aren't ever going to function in that state.

On the other hand, there can be something refreshing about an idea that hasn't been "road tested". Something naive and pure that forces you to think, which is what I assume drew you to this.

There were definitely lots of moments where I found myself saying, "yeah I never thought of it that way", for instance, the juxtaposition of people being crammed closer together but then having headphones to create personal space. It's a cool idea, but then she talks about coining a word for it ("exixistenzmaximum"...sure, I'll start using it, you know, soon) which is one of the things that prompted my first comment. The complete lack of humility.

baleen

No doubt. Design people suffer from their own form of social retardation, just like scientists, they just happen to dress better.

splatterbabble
Not my favorite TED, in fact, my boredom was only punctuated occasionally by stuff I wasn't aware of and that didn't seem banal. This would have been a three if it weren't for the talking of using dead people to power sex toys. There's just something Legend of the Overfiend-ish about that!
Sputum
Alot of this stuff is definitely cool, but the impressive part is the science, not the design.
chumbucket
Accessories For Lonely Men = creepy and not at ALL what I expected
Albuquerque Halsey
white people!

Badassimo
SHOW US YOUR TITS!!!!!

CharlemagneJackson
YEAH! TAKE IT OFF!!

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