Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
March 12, 2014 Subject:
A memorable TED Talk
In general I hate TED Talks whose circus of ideas tend to be pedestrian in a figurative sense. Few of the "ideas worth spreading" (hawked like snake-oil) are scarcely memorable a week or two later.
In a world beset with dire problems requiring real and often difficult solutions, the quick-study ideas they proffer usually require one park one's brain and entrust oneself to their vetted experts. Are they the best ideas? Do they really enhance our lives? Or do they make us smug and prejudiced, lulled into chains of confidence like provincials at Versailles?
TED has had some quite knowledgeable and experienced experts, often quite interesting and intelligent people, who each and all know just how much is safe to say, and when to shut up.
They wouldn't want to start a revolution, would they?
All that said, I would highly recommend this short talk which offers a bona fide, brilliant and simple solution to one of the world's most vexing, if trivial, problems... a pedestrian problem in a literal sense!
After hearing it, you might (as I did) slap your forehead with the palm of your hand and proclaim, "How could I have been such an idiot all these many years!?"
Just because this TED Talker's simple and easy solution really makes a life-enhancing difference doesn't mean that the next expert's will.