Keith's 17 Nov update: According to the final TEDxNASA schedule I will have to sit through an hour and a half of official TED videos. I can see near zero connection between these videos and space exploration. Also, I can watch them on Youtube - so why not assign them ahead of time, and save the event time for live interactions? Add in the fact that more than half of the presenters are professional motivational speakers you are left with only 3 speakers with any connection to space exploration.
This is really starting to look less like an event designed to inspire a dialog with a broader audience about space exploration and more like a New Age self-help indoctrination seminar. Hmm, do I really want to do 6 hours of driving just to sit through this when I can stay home and have the webcast playing on my computer? Oh well, at least there will be some music.
Oh yes, despite 3 requests to LaRC PAO, no one has provided me with any information as to who paid for this and how much it cost.
Here are the videos:
- Jill Bolte Taylor How it feels to have a stroke
- Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe
- Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation
- Michael Pritchard makes filthy water drinkable
- Nandan Nilekani's ideas for India's future
- Josh Silver demos adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses
- Sixth Sense Projection Technology Demo