So Ted.com has another interesting video about Statistics, a fun part of my posts many times.
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating “the optimum TEDTalk” based on user ratings. How do you rate it? “Jaw-dropping”? “Unconvincing”? Or just plain “Funny”?
It’s always interesting to see people manipulate statistics to argue pretty much any point, and when they use it satirically, I appreciate it that much more. There is so little Mathematical Humor out there these days (although if you hang out with a bunch of Actuaries, you would have a good time).
Other Ted Talks
- Barry Schwartz asks why have we lost our financial wisdom? Darn good question.
- Julian Treasure talks about how Noise Affects our Health and 8 steps to keep sound health.
- Does Democracy stifle economic growth? Yasheng Huang thinks so.
- Cities As a Mathematical Model is an exciting model idea
- Seth Godin talks about how the technology landscape is littered with broken things.
- Does Education need to change? Sir Ken Robinson thinks so, and I am inclined to agree with him.
- How do we Innovate to a zero energy footprint? Bill Gates has some ideas, it seems.
- Can low cost eye care be world class? Thulasiraj Ravilla thinks so.
- Rewiring the Brain may be needed in the future, given how damaged some brains have become due to how fragile the brain is.
- Cliff Stohl was the original Hacker-Catcher but he also espouses the value to continual learning
- Graham Hill wonders can you be more happy with less stuff? Less clutter is a good thing, we know that, so maybe he isn’t far off.
- There is a right and wrong way to tie your shoes? I did not know that, until Terry Moore explained it to me.
- Nigel Marsh wonders if it is possible to create a work life balance? Not sure how that works.
- Does anyone know what technology wants? Kevin Kelly thinks he has an idea.
- TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation
- Did we get different consumer behaviour after the 2008 crisis? Not really. That’s why we had the 2023 crisis.
- Can social media predict epidemics or pandemics? We saw something like this with COVID-19.
- Jay Walker seems to think that English is the second language in the world? Might be right.
- How can we combat modern slavery? Most major economic empires or empires in general were built on slave labour, how do we break this cycle?
- What is the Bio-Future of Joint Replacement? Are we just going to use metal and plastics?
- Mandlebrot wishes to talk to you about the roughness of shapes. He has written about Turbulence in Financial Markets
- Philip Zombardo talks about the psychology of time, which is always interesting.
- Measure What Makes Life Worthwhile, Chip Conley may have some ideas for you.
- Billy Graham talking about technology and theology? Pastor Graham is a strong orator, not sure I buy into all his messages.
- What happens on losing everything in a fire ? A very interesting question answered in this very interesting Ted series chat by David Hoffman.
- A former salesman tells you that sometimes the Simple Answers are the right answers.
- The Canadian Medical System can take its time on some surgeries, but two years for a hip?
- Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics is a typical theme but in this case with a bit of tongue in cheek.
- Can Money buy happiness? According to Benjamin Wallace not really, but your misery might be more enjoyable?
- Temple Grandin talks about being Autistic and her fight to live in our strange world.
- James Randi’s skepticism helped debunk a lot of hokum that arose in the 20th century.
- With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves.
- The Spectre of Denial of vaccines and medical solutions is now the normal view of things, and that is quite worrying.