4 TED Talks on Technology You Need to Watch

Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? Good TED Talks are thought-provoking, leave you feeling inspired, and make you feel better educated on a topic. If you’re looking to watch some TED Talks on technology — you’re in luck. We’ve narrowed the pool down to four talks that solidify insights on the topics of technology advancement, data privacy, and artificial intelligence.

How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses

As humans, we get excited about new technology. Businesses get excited about using technology to make their operations more efficient, but what they don’t know is that replacing your previously manual tasks with artificial intelligence can be less efficient in the long run. According to Sylvain Duranton, if AI and humans can collaborate, and not replace one another, we can see greater success with AI in the long run.

The paradox of efficiency

We as humans love the idea of “doing more for less,” or being more efficient. Technology advancements have certainly helped us and will continue to help us become more efficient. Edward Tenner proposes that while measuring data is essential for efficiency, we must leave room for human intuition and error — convenience doesn’t necessarily mean something is efficient. Maybe getting up to turn the lights off instead of using our Alexa’s isn’t necessarily a bad thing after all.

Your social media likes expose more than you think

Social media changed the way we use the internet. It’s fostered the nature of user-generated content – meaning people are creating their own content and sharing it instantly. Social media companies and technologies look to analyze behavior to predict things about their users to give them a more custom, tailored experience. Have you ever looked at something online and then saw an ad for the same thing you were looking at later in the day? That’s what collecting data via social media has now turned into. But wouldn’t you rather have ads tailored to things you actually might buy?

How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy

When’s the last time you read the terms and conditions for the products you use and apps you download? We willingly give up information that can be used to target us for future advertisements and can potentially jeopardize our safety. Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad warns consumers of the dangers of not getting the terms and conditions right the first time a product goes to market. TLDR; reading the terms and conditions is important to see what rights and privacy terms you’re giving up!

Technology is constantly advancing. Black Mirror shows eery parallels with current times and their outlandish plots may not seem that far off. However, technology advancements can make our lives, businesses, and hobbies easier, more efficient, and help us achieve our short and long term goals.

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