TED 2008 summary

I wish I had the time (and research budget) to get to TED. Reading Jimmy Guterman’s summaries and reflections helps, though. And, of course, there are various other blogs and video sites around.

Trouble with TED, methinks, is not that it fails to solve the world’s problems, as discussed. Rather, I wonder if it doesn’t at some point become a victim of its own success – partly because it may be running out of stunning speakers, partly because when it becomes the cool place to be, the average quality of the participant goes down, a process I am tempted to call conference gentrification.

The upshot? By the time I get around to going, it will no longer be cool. Oh well.