The most popular talks of all time | Playlist | TED.com

These iconic talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can’t stop sharing.

Source: The most popular talks of all time | Playlist | TED.com

You might not have the time or desire to watch every video here, but rest assured there are many who do. These are the zeitgeist. These are the necessary tidbits of knowledge you will require to be an emotionally evolved and intelligent, self actualized human being and participate in the coming future.

I like to watch them when I’m eating waffles.

Vsauce

Vsauce

Source: Vsauce – YouTube

This is another great channel everyone should know about. Michael Stevens tackles the most mind bending topics in an entertaining and digestible way.

I enjoyed his channel so much I gobbled up almost every video in one sitting.

I’m a nerd.

Harvard Business Review – Ideas and Advice for Leaders

Find new ideas and classic advice on strategy, innovation and leadership, for global leaders from the world’s best business and management experts.

Source: Harvard Business Review – Ideas and Advice for Leaders

One of the most valuable references for anyone trying to be more effective in business or any career.

These are publications by thought leaders so you are getting it straight from the horses mouth.

This is the stuff that all the other personal development and self help authors have read and regurgitated for a buck.

I say get it here unfiltered and direct.

The trough never empties they are updating and adding constantly. Enjoy!

 

Tim Berners-Lee: The next web | TED Talk | TED.com

This guy is WAY more important that Steve Jobs but most people have no idea about the incredibly important contributions this guy has made.

What you need to know: It has always been the dream of the world’s smartest people to be able to collaborate with their contemporaries and peers. This is the first time in history that technology has enabled the sharing of concepts to this level.

The importance of the web is that we will one day solve all the worlds problems by working together. In some cases this may be in spite of despotic regimes who do not want to yield power to democratic process and try to quash any ability to improve.

Fortunately their day is done and there’s no putting the horse back in the barn.

Knowledge is power!

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology

This is the site you’ll want to use when making any authoritative argument in life. The people who make the stuff that makes our world work (like the internet and electricity) all take their marching orders here.

It’s a deep, deep dive but well worth it. You might not ever get through it all, but it’s nice to know the reference is there when you need it.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you and have fun!

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century: Thomas L. Friedman


Source: The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

This is an important book for understanding what the future holds for the global economy. Spoiler alert: you might not be part of it unless you can invent yourself as a valuable part of the big picture.

The most important take away is the concept of glocalization. There’s many professions that won’t exist in the coming automated and outsourced future. However, in place of the opportunities that once existed will blossom new and exciting industries like Internet of Things ($30 Trillion) that will require new skills and creativity.

There will be winners and losers and I personally don’t see a lot of people making the trip.

I am thinking the coffee shop or pub owner may have the best gig. (#worldsnumberonedrug)

 

How did the NSA hack our emails?

Yeah… ya know… modular arithmetic.

Well it was in NIST white papers all along, how did you miss it?

NIST.Gov is a really good read. If you read it more you would have known how easy it was to read everyone’s email wouldn’t you?

What else are we missing under our noses? I’ll read Nist now and let you know.

The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem

Apparently 99% of the internet is darkweb filth. (If you need to ask then no explanation will suffice)

I’m not a particularly judgmental person and think to each his own especially when it comes to one’s leisure activities. But if you’re not alarmed when you encounter the dark web there’s something really wrong with and you need to seek professional help. Seriously, if you think it’s just funny, stop reading and go tell your doctor.

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web (sorry Al Gore, I know you’re pretty important too) he wanted the greatest minds on the planet to document, collaborate and share. He wanted to cure diseases and discover alternate sources of energy. It’s unfortunate that the power of computer networks has been corrupted by the world’s most evil people and organizations.

The implication is that now everyone is being spied on constantly by the NSA, CSIS and God knows who else. If you haven’t been paying attention, too bad, too late, you said you’re ok with it and gave away your rights without even know it happened.

There’s a lot of reasons your government would want to know what you’re thinking. Chances are you wouldn’t want anyone knowing what you’re doing on the internet (the internet is 80% porn). If you’re generally uneducated on the topic, and a racist who lives in constant fear of terror attacks then you might be motivated to say go right ahead and spy on me please. (maybe?)

The funny thing is, the world’s evil doers don’t even use the regular public internet connections we use that get spied on (obviously). In fact, they use the highly encrypted and untraceable deep web technology that our own government developed, then released to the public. (true story)

As I said, this is not intended to be political, but I say we take the internet back by filling it with the best concepts and ideas we have to offer. It’s unfortunate but in some cases where free speech and human rights are not granted freely that means using anonymity and there are a lot of reasons why anonymizing technology can be used for good.

In order to empower our democratic process the population can’t be spied on and treated like criminals.

I urge everyone to find out what this means. Learn about net neutrality and modular math to know how to be a safe and responsible internet citizen.

I’m just new to this and learning but would love to learn more. Please leave a comment about other important information that should be public knowledge. Let’s play safe and keep each other from getting hurt.

Please don’t send me to irc rooms. 🙂

Welcome to Computerphile!

My new favorite obsession.

When I tell people what I do for a living I usually just wiggle my fingers  a bit and mumble “computers” and then try to gauge the level of glassy glaze that comes over them to determine how much further I should go with the explanation.

I’m actually a Product Development manager in Cloud Computing industry. Try explaining that at a dinner party. (Perhaps your friends are more savvy than my own.) I haven’t fixed a computer professionally in years but still routinely get asked for this type of assistance from family and friends all the time. (“I’m going back to school and wondering what computer I should buy for less than $400” – you know who you are you bastard!)

I digress…

The internet is a “world flatener”. See The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Moore’s Law is flatener. Cloud computing is a  flatener.

Soon there won’t be any limitation to the amount of readily available brute computing force that we’ll be able to throw at our tough problems. Simulations that run into infinity that might previously not be able to compute in our lifetime, may be achievable in years or days. (or real time)

The future may be a strange and spooky place for those who don’t embrace technology and may be feeling like an out of place tourist, very disconnected from what’s really going on.

Thanks to Moore’s law, supposedly we’ll be able to upload a brain to storage and interact with the thoughts very soon.

Does that mean there could be ethical concerns like… What if your brain gets lonely in there with no one to play with? Can our digital brains make friends with the other digital brains?

You’re welcome.

 

Numberphile

Videos about numbers – it’s that simple. Videos by Brady Haran

Source: Numberphile – YouTube

Numberphile and it’s sister channel’s Computerphile, Sixty Symbols, Bibledex, Periodic Videos among several others are the product of prolific youtube producer Brady Haran. I believe Numberphile is the one of the first fully youtube funded video channels due to extremely high educational value.

These videos are so great and exactly what I wish the rest of internet content creators would be doing. Using the internet for the betterment of humanity instead of hate mongering. Apparently 99% of all internet content is darknet filth.

There’s some other really great channels on youtube, thinking of you Vsauce and Ted Talks. I’m really enjoying the golden age we’re living in where knowledge is shared so readily.

If you have any other great sites you’d like to share please be a darling and leave a link in the comments below.