TED Talks Turns Eight (TED)

Alicia Eggert gives a talk at TED2013 in Long Beach, Calif., earlier this year (Photo credit: Ryan Lash)

Assistant Professor of Art Alicia Eggert gives a talk at TED2013 in Long Beach, Calif. (Photo credit: Ryan Lash)

Happy eighth online birthday to the series of lectures that continuously boggles the mind. The aim of TED talks is to spread ideas on all subjects, from linguistics to mental disorders, from physics to life satisfaction. Speakers aim to transmit their messages in 18 minutes or less, at conferences across the globe. The first conference took place in 1984, and in late June 2006, TED put its first six videos up online. It has since expanded to include TEDx, independently organized events that take place at universities, high schools, and more. In honor of the anniversary of its online presence, the TED site has published a list of the first six videos it ever uploaded to the web (now six among over 1700), which are full of ideas that are still relevant today.

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