Sanket Gupta

Design Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor

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What is the most inspiring TED Talk of all time?

TED talks have never failed to inspire us. But, there is always one TED talk which we find the most inspiring.
The most inspiring talk according to me is "Schools Kill Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson. What is the talk that you find most inspiring?

  • Sep 28 2011: This one is tough, but in my opinion it is Steve Jobs on How to live your life before you die at Stanford University in 2005.
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    Sep 28 2011:
    That's how it all began (my intro to TED).
    I love everything about this woman (her style, her books, her modesty, her passion for fairness, etc.)!
    I happen to be very thankful to her not only for what she is but also for making my world a little better and richer. I regained a kind of paradise (if I can dare to quote her!).
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    Sep 30 2011: This is one of the old talks adopted into the TED family of talks. It is old, in black and white and very profound.
    Frankl is a survivor of a concentration camp and an important contributor to our understanding of human psychology.

    Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others. (at just over 4 minutes it is very worth your time).

    If you wanted me to stay within the TED talks that started out as TED talks, I think I would pick this one which impressed me very much.
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      Sep 30 2011: Debra - I agree! There is little as inspiiring as Frankl, and his message. To this day, his message in Man's Search For Meaning remains with me..after many decades. Thanks for reminding me!
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        Oct 1 2011: Oh yeah, Man's Search for Meaning is one of the best books of all time. The story in the Nazi camp and the last lecture/speech is so inspiring!
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      Oct 2 2011: Debra - the Viktor Frankl video was a pure pleasure to listen to and watch. Storytelling is the best tool of the teacher!
  • Sep 28 2011: Sir Ken Robinson !!!
  • Sep 28 2011: Ted Woman conference: Poems of War
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    Sep 27 2011: Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability. I don't know if this talk was meant to be inspiring but for me is very inspiring in a lot of aspects.
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      Sep 29 2011: I'd have to agree with you. I saw this recently and loved the idea and the research put into her conclusions.
    • Oct 2 2011: This is one of my favorites
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    Sep 30 2011: Sanket- I agree! Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. The talk got me hooked on TED!
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    Sep 30 2011: I agree - it is "Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity" for me as well - This talk was my introduction to TED/

    I also tremendously enjoyed these two:
    Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously -
    Jill Bolte Taylor's powerful stroke of insight - and
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    Sep 28 2011:
    Few things are as inspiring or as challenging as discussions about the existence of God. Rick's talk is not just inspiring, but it's also controversial to many. My hope is that those who believe in God and those who don't can learn that dissenting opinions are healthy - that people can disagree without being disagreeable. I would actually like to see a panel discussion, a debate if you will, rather than an individual talk. I believe dialogs are more healthy than monologues and that challenging discourse, when civil, can be helpful to all.
  • Oct 4 2011: For me, the most inspiring talk I have seen has to be 'Mike Matas: a next-generation digital book.' There is a history to why this talk had me spinning off the planet. When I was a student in the mid 1980's I had my first cheque book and bank card. For the first time I could draw cash from an ATM. (ATM's themselves were still quite novel those days.) I remember gazing at the dark strip on the back of this card and thinking, 'If this strip can store my bank details and keep track of my withdrawals, it must be possible for the same process to store writing.' I realised that if this were so it should be feasible to store a whole book on a card and that this could be the end of books as they were known. All it needed was a 'reader' to decode the stored information and display it on a screen, a device I imagined would be about A5 sized and perhaps an inch thick; the ATM itself had to have the technology for this as it could 'read' my bank card. I envisioned future 'bookshops' stocked not with volumes, but with slim plastic display packs, having a cover-picture on the front and the usual blurb on the back, but containing only a small, clever card. Future generations of students like myself would not have to cope with lugging around heavy textbooks, but would be able to slip all their 'books' into one handy wallet. Over the years I broadcast this idea to whoever would listen, but I had no way to make it come about.

    When I discovered Kindle I was over the moon: the world now had what I had wished I could give it. But the book Mike Matas has produced, using all the technology that has emerged in the last 30 years, goes incalculably beyond my original primitive idea and Kindle itself. Seeing it lifted me from aspiring to the best that I can imagine to the possibility of aspiring to things better than I can imagine - for who in the mid 1980's would have believed such a thing could exist? Yet it does.
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    Oct 4 2011: I really like Chris Abani's Muses on Humanity: along with most of the ones that have already been mentioned. It's impossible to pick just one really. It's like music. Certain talks move me in different ways on different days.
  • Oct 4 2011: This is another tough one but I am going with Benjamin Zander. On Music and Passion. BTW, if you haven't seen this before, I thought I would share this with you: This is a spreadsheet found on Google Docs that ranks TED Talks based on a variety of criteria.
  • Oct 2 2011: I would vote Matthieu Ricard's video as the most inspirational.
  • Oct 2 2011: Same for me Sanket, Ken Robinson and his talk on creativity was the reason I found TED in the first place. I often return to this talk and his other, 'Bring on The Learning Revolution'
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    Oct 1 2011: inspiring and obsessive is this TED about one man's obsession with Maltese falcon:

    To achieve success, it seems one has to be as obsessed as Adam with his passions and drives.
  • Oct 1 2011: Ken robinson for me! Although there are many others too!
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    Oct 1 2011: To me, besides Sir Ken Robinson's talks, one of the most inspiring talks and the one I keep coming back to is James Cameron's:
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    Sep 30 2011: This is a very hard question. Most of them has inspired me in so many different ways, but this one is truly remarkable.
    Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure
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    Sep 29 2011: Jill Bolte Taylor - powerful stroke of insight:

    She's up there with the Ken Robinsons of this world!
    • Oct 2 2011: This was my first, and I have been hooked since- if that says anything!
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      Oct 4 2011: I show Stroke of Insight to students every semester. Many of them rush home to share it with loved ones.
  • Sep 29 2011: I could never name one most inspiring-