The Year in TED: The Most Inspirational TED Talks of 2015

Business.com / Careers / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

2015 is coming to an end and it is the best time to remember the most inspirational and thought-provoking TED talks of the year.

For more than thirty years, TED organization and its conferences is the source of the best ideas in various fields, starting from science and finishing with art.

No matter what you are looking for – inspiration for starting your own project, confidence to master public speeches or new ideas – you will find it all there.

The main goal of TED is spreading great ideas to everyone who can use them for good. All the speakers are experts in their fields; their speeches are extraordinary and tend to cause a lot of emotions and feedback.

Businessmen and entrepreneurs can also get a lot from TED community as they often invite the brightest and most successful people to talk about entrepreneurship and all the peculiarities of it. 

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As the year 2015 is getting to an end, we can look through the most powerful talks and choose the best ones for you to watch. Here are the talks about health and weight loss, technologies, ambitions, space travelling and records to beat, epidemics and how we should prepare for them better and about humiliation on the Internet.

Joseph DeSimone: What if 3D Printing Was 100x Faster?

Joseph DeSimone, the head of Carbon 3D, had a pretty informative talk with impressive illustrations. With a pity in his voice, he claimed that some mushrooms grow faster than modern 3D-printers work. After explaining how printers actually is a simple 2D-printing, inflicting the object layer after layer, he presented their own 3D printing technology that allows to grow objects by playing on the balance of light and oxygen. The speed of printing thereby increased a hundred times.

3D-printing is a growing industry with lots of business opportunities. It is not fully explored, so naturally entrepreneurs take a lot of interest in it. This talk gives you an idea about the industry, how fast it grows and what people do to make it better. 

Stephanie Shirley: Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?

Stephanie Shirley advises everyone ‘to surround themselves with top-notch people’. Her frank and hilarious speech tells us about implying her principle into life. Have inspiring fourteen minutes of your life and be ready to get surprised by her story about how in post-war England a woman was able to establish one of the first IT companies recruiting mostly women and signing contracts with the men on behalf of Steve. Lady Shirley is currently promoting researchers in the field of autism and trying to find the social role of the Internet in society, so we will surely hear her other speeches some day.

This talk is first of all for women, of course. For women, seeking inspiration to fight corporate battles, to win wars and to prove the whole world they are worth a lot. All business women should watch it immediately. 

Alan Eustace: I Leapt From the Stratosphere. Here's How I Did It.

Alan Eustace, a senior vice president of Google's knowledge department, is one of the first people who had a chance to fly into space in one suit without a ship and rocket. In his speech he talks about this extraordinary experience. You will be surprised to hear that stratosphere is more accessible than you think – you just have to put on an astronaut suit, tie yourself to a balloon (which is used for weather forecasting) and prepare to dive back to Earth on 1300 m/pH speed.

This speech doesn't have to do much with the business world; however, it teaches you a lot anyway. Alan Eustace did an unbelievable thing and showed everyone that dedication means a lot. That is inspiring no matter what industry you are in. 

Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We're Not Ready.

This year it would have been hard not to mention Ebola, and it was Bill Gates who talked about how despite all the technologies we still are not ready for an epidemic. His talk was not a traditional inspirational monologue, but it made us think once again about how small we are in comparison to the world we are surrounded by, and it is impressive.

Well, Bill Gate's talk are always a must for all the businessmen, even if he doesn't talk about business things specifically. There is just something so inspiring about this brilliant man that you cannot but be motivated to move mountains after his speeches. 

During the whole TED2015 conference there was the so-called ‘Ebola room’, organized by Bill and Milinda Gates' fund. Real doctors and volunteers who have been at the epicenter of the disease in Africa talked to everyone about their experience. It was a mind opener for all Western people who had only learned about the disease from their screens.

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Margaret Heffernan: Why It's Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work.

Margaret Heffernan is an owner of five successful businesses. It already means that listening to her talks is a good idea for everyone who wishes ti be a thriving businessman. In this talk, which has had around 1,4 million of views, Margaret offers her ideas on what makes people the most productive they can be. She talks about the company success that can be achieved not by one person, but by the whole team; she also gives her opinion on how a success team should look like.

All business owners can really benefit from this talk. Margaret's fresh look at what helps companies move forward makes you think about important things.

Bill Gross: The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed.

Bill Gross has a long business history and startup experience. He started his business life at the age of 12 and he never stopped moving forward. Now he decided to make a research and to find out what makes one startup succeed and another seemingly good one fail. He collected the data from many successful and unsuccessful startups and the results were very surprising. Every businessman dealing with startup has to know about these statistics.

Fei-Fei Li: How We're Teaching Computers to Understand Pictures.

Fei-Fei Li, Director of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Vision Lab, taught us a little more about computers and that is was a long way they had to pass in order to teach the computer to ‘see’ and understand pictures.

This is pretty interesting to learn – it took 540 million years of evolution for the human brain to be able to identify objects and to have an idea of what is happening in the picture. Li is dealing with the issue of computer vision for already 15 years now. If you watch her TED 2015 talk, you will be surprised by the significant results they had achieved in the laboratory during this short period.

This would be very interesting to watch for all the businessmen who are in the computer industry. Li offers new exciting perspectives and views that cannot be ignored. 

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For sure, there have been many more TED talks in 2015, and you can find all of them on their official site. Feel free to come and look for new ideas whenever you feel like learning something new and exciting!

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