TED 2009 is here. It's one of those events that's hard to explain to people who haven't been. It's not a trade show. It's not a boon doggle. It's some parts networking event and many parts brain food. It's a place where geeks go to feel cool, where hipsters go to feel smart, and where analysts and creatives meld. (It's also a place where it's 80 degrees outside, but like 50 degrees inside).
Today, Juan Enriquez made a case for how and why the US dollar is threatened. P.W. Singer contemplated humanity with robotic weapons and the democratization of warfare thru technology. Naturally 7 made us smile with their vocal arrangement (especially with the Off the Wall bit). Bill Gates was optimistic on a battle against malaria and highlighted an importance of making good teachers great. Tim Berners-Lee (invented the WWW), talked about the importance of "linked data" on the Internet. Nandan Nilekani surfaced India being a young developing country in a developed world, and what needs to happen next. Seth Godin talked about the notion of creating "Tribes" to start a movement...about finding success on the periphery, because that's where you find things that haven't been done before. Jake Eberts talked about an amazing earth film coming next year, as did Yann Arthus-Bertrand who's forthcoming movie will be released for free. Where the hell is Matt is here which was really fun. The day closed out by Regina Spektor playing songs full of every bit of beauty. All these talks will at some point be available at TED.com.