TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The two annual TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.

You can find many talks related to the fast-growing world of Open Source on TED’s website. Among them, business strategy specialist Don Tapscott gives his “Four principles for the open world”.

Quotes from the talk:

“(…) openness is about sharing (…) IBM gave away 400 million dollars of software to the Linux movement, and that gave them a multi-billion dollar payoff.”

To me, this is not an information age. It’s an age of networked intelligence, it’s an age of vast promise.

Tapscott refers to internet as a “giant global computer“. The expression is especially right if you think that the new version of caelinux – the operating system used by BCSL – has been transferred and adapted to run on Amazon EC2, a cloud computing platform that allows users to rent virtual computers on which to run their own computer applications.

Here’s another talk from Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, “a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine“.