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Top 5 Ted Talks for Engineers
The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers than can learn - Jeremy Howard
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
The next manufacturing revolution is here
Topics: Manufacturing, Productivity
his Ted Talk focuses on how the last three major industrial revolutions resulted in a massive surge in economic growth. Olivier explains why we are on the verge of the 4th manufacturing revolution, and current and past trends in manufacturing are discussed. Their failures and weaknesses are highlighted with reference to their less than stellar improvements in overall productivity. Some of the technologies highlighted as the drivers of the next industrial revolution are advanced robotics, additive manufacturing and big data. This is an insightful talk on what we as engineers can expect in the coming years.
The future we're building and boring - Elon Musk
Topics: Space, electric Vehicles, Tunnel Boring
Elon Musk is often in the news for the successes and failures of his numerous companies. At 40 minutes, this is a relatively long talk but is packed full of insight on what Elon Musk plans for the future. The talk covers everything from a 3D network of tunnels that would be designed to alleviate traffic, hyperloops, electric cars and humanity’s future in space. Elon Musk is an incredibly inspiring individual. This Ted Talk will make you excited about the future that he is creating for humanity.
The astounding athletic power of quadcopters - Raffaello D'Andrea
Topic: Quad Copters
This is an incredibly impressive demonstration of the abilities of quadcopters. In this Ted Talk, the drones do all the talking as they perform highly complex manoeuvres both by themselves as well as in tandem. This is a relatively old Ted Talk (2013), but its impressiveness is not diluted by time. If this was the state of drone technology 5 years ago then we can only imagine what is currently being developed. This talk is interesting as it demonstrates what can be achieved when hardware and software are pushed to their limits.
What a driverless world could look like - Wanis Kabbaj
Topics: Driverless Car, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles
We have all had the misfortune of sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. This Ted Talk paints a future where traffic is a thing of the past and we have a wider variety of transport modes available to us. Some methods discussed include autonomous flying taxis, monorails and a network of 3D traffic tunnels. One of the more interesting driverless methods in this talk is a type of dynamic and modularised mass transport system where individual carriages can detach from the main vehicle and drive passengers closer to their destination, if not right to their doorsteps. Another more well-publicised method is to replace all personal vehicles with fully autonomous vehicles that don’t need to adhere to normal traffic rules, but can rather allow traffic to flow more organically and efficiently with the help of AI enhanced vehicles.
The link to these Ted Talks is provided by NewEngineer.com - The Career Site for Engineers.