If you don’t like TED Talks, we have just one question for you:

What the heck is wrong with you?

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living.

If you’re a human being, you’ll love these TED Talks.

 

Hands down the best TED Talks of 2018

 


5. What your smart devices know (and share) about you

 

Speaker: Journalists Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu
Full Transcript: Here.

 

Best Quote:

All the anxiety you currently feel every time you go online, about being tracked, is about to move into your living room. Or into your bedroom.”

-The pair of journalists on the imminent device invasion

 

Why it’s good:

Having a ton of smart devices in your home is always a good thing.

(They made me write that. Help.)

This TED Talk is ridiculously informative.

And downright terrifying.

 

4. How Netflix changed entertainment and where it’s headed

 

 

Speaker: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Full Transcript: Here.

Best Quote:

And the problem is, we were trying to dummy-proof the system. And then, eventually, only dummies wanted to work there.”

-Hastings on why his first company struggled.

 

Why it’s good:

Netflix makes me feel good.

like Neflix.

Which isn’t the case for my cable company, who fills me with blind rage.

This epic talk features Reed Hastings, who went from a high school math teacher to a CEO worth $3.5 billion.

He talks about Netflix’s risk-taking philosophy, why they pay employees so well, and where Netflix will be five years from now.

 

3. How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel

 

 

Speaker: A³ CEO Rodin Lyasoff
Full Transcript: Here.

 

Best Quote:

The sky is underutilized, and I would argue it will never be as congested as the roads are.

-Lyasoff on the complexity of expanding roads in congested cities

 

Why it’s good:

Believe it:

Kids born today will never get to drive a car.

They won’t have to.

This talk is absolutely fascinating and highlights drastic changes coming to everyone’s commute.

A LOT sooner than you think.

 

2. You are fluent in this language (and didn’t even know it)

 

 

Speaker: Artist Christoph Niemann
Full Transcript: Here.

 

Best Quote:

You know, if I want to tell the story of modern-day struggle, I would start with the armrest between two airplane seats and two sets of elbows fighting. What I love there is this universal law that, you know, you have 30 seconds to fight it out and once it’s yours, you get to keep it for the rest of the flight.”

-Niemann on the eternal struggle for middle seat comfort

 

Why it’s good:

This TED Talk is HILARIOUS.

Easily one of the top TED Talks of 2018.

Seriously, go watch it.

Niemann uses dozens of supremely clever illustrations to demonstrate the importance of simplicity in modern design.

 

1. Why you should make useless things

 

 

 

Speaker: World Famous Youtuber Simone Giertz
Full Transcript: Here.

 

Best Quote:

“As we all know, the easiest way to be at the top of your field is to choose a very small field.”

-Giertz on her early days as a YouTube star.

 

Why it’s good:

Some of the best TED Talks make you laugh.

Some make you think, and some make you cry.

But somehow, this one does all three.

Simone Giertz delivers brilliant advice on the importance of teaching yourself seemingly useless skills, and why building stupid things is actually quite smart.