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April 26, 2007

TED Conference Talks Online For Free

The TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is the place to be for movers and shakers in the technology, entertainment, and design industries, especially when they converge.  Anyone can join TED for free, but an associate membership will cost $1,000 a year.  Attending the almost always sold out meetings run several thousand dollars.  Speakers have included people such as former government employee Al Gore, musician Thomas Dolby, Jeff Bezos, from some online book seller, Ray Kurzweill, who invented a really expensive synthesizer, and Burt Rutan, who has something to do with planes flying really, really high, among others.

As exclusive as TED is in terms of being there live, you would think they could make a fortune selling tapes of the show as do most conferences.  The theme of TED is Ideas Worth Spreading, and they do, for free.  The TED website now features videos of presentations given at the conference.  Some ideas are provocative, and all are interesting.  The site is well worth viewing.  The talk list is here.

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