Free Online Classes and Videos to Sharpen the Mind
19 Sep 2017
The Internet is a remarkable thing. Even if Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media tend to suck at our attention span, the World Wide Web effectively curates every digital byte of information so that the vast repositories of human knowledge are at your fingertips. All day, every day.
It’s the ultimate rabbit hole, really, but not all digital content is created equal. Sure, we’ve all spent hours poring over conspiracy videos on YouTube and binging through Friends… again (hey, it’s back on Netflix!), but what about something a little more thought-provoking? Something to truly stir your curiosity?
Look no further than TED.com. Formed under the belief that some ideas are worth sharing, TED is a media organisation that assembles the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design – hence the TED acronym – in America’s West Coast to tackle topics as timely as global poverty, education and artificial intelligence.
Many of the inspired presentations are made available online for free – thank heavens, as tickets tend to sell for anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 – and TED’s charismatic speakers typically inject each talk with a sense of humour and humanity as they go about inspiring viewers from all over the world.
That’s because TED’s rich archive features transcripts for over 100 languages, while most talks can be downloaded and viewed offline on your commute. Heck, toss in a cup of coffee and that’s lunch plans sorted. Because if you want to BE the best, sometimes you have to LEARN from the best.
And here, we’ve selected the crème de la crème – the best of the best – from the world of TED, followed by a cursory introduction to the BBC archives.
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