Where is Technology, Entertainment, Design going?

I’d like to introduce you all to a remarkable organisation called TED (www.ted.com), which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design…

It is an annual conference (that began in 1984) that brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

I have been fan of TED ever since it began offering some of its most interesting talks online for free in April 2007. It is a great initiative, all about “ideas worth spreading”, and I have found two talks (there are many others) which are closely related to the future of the ‘listen with your own ears’ project:

Watch David Kelley’s talk on TED

David Kelly’s talk was presented in 2002 and is a about what he sees as a trend in design for the future. David explains that design is becoming more and more about the user experience and what he calls “human-centred”. It is an interesting prediction and holds considerable weight given the examples he presents, the way design is today and of course the motives behind the ‘listen with your own ears’ project.


Watch Kevin Kelly’s talk on TED

Kevin Kelly’s talk is a recent prediction on the future of the web. The predictions made are truly amazing and thought provoking, and align very much with the goals of our current project. Kevin predicts that the web will no longer be a connection of linked web pages, but a connection of real life data such as the model of fridge that you have in your house, or the colour of your eyes. The parallel can be made between his predictions and the ‘listen with your own ears’ project given that a major application of the technology will be for mobile phones (that will most probably be connected to the internet in the future) that will register the physical characteristics and shape of your ears for a personalized listening experience.

Enjoy the talks.

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