The worldwide phenomenon known as TED was started in 1984 when designer and architect Richard Saul Wurman noticed the complex, dynamic and culture-changing confluence of Technology, Entertainment and Design. What began as a conference featuring powerpoint presentations about 3D computer technology and mapping systems has turned into an unparalleled, planetary-wide platform for artists, philosophers, designers, athletes, dancers, scientists, and others with innovative and creative ideas.

Since then, TED conferences have spawned TEDTalks – a constantly updated and rich resource of podcasts and videos available in more than 28 languages (Learn Out Loud has compiled a list of the 100 Best Ted Talks), TED Conferences all over the world, TEDGLOBAL, TEDActive, TEDWomen, TEDx and the TED Prize, which grants $1m to a person doing remarkable things.

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