TED: How to build your creative confidence

Following on from our last post we wanted to share our first TED talk with you.

Credit: TED

TED is a non-profit organisation that shares ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ from three different worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED invites the brightest and most brilliant minds to ‘give the talk of their lives’ in under 20 minutes. Previous talks have been given by Steve Jobs, Jill Bolte Taylor and Stephen Hawking, on a wide variety of subjects. The talks can be humorous, imaginative, informed and inspiring.

Our pick today is ‘How to build your confidence’ by David Kelley. Kelley co-founded the design giant, IDEO. Although you may not have heard of them, you’ve most probably seen their designs: Apple’s first mouse, Microsoft’s second mouse and even the thumbs up/ down button on Tivo’s remote control. But following a big change in his life, Kelley devoted himself to helping others unlock their creative potential.

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Hawkings redefines the black hole

Stephen Hawking redefines the black hole

Stephen Hawking redefines the black hole

Stephen Hawking’s has expressed his belief that there is no such thing as a conventional black hole, from which nothing can escape. In a paper released on 22 January, Hawking’s refuted the notion of an ‘event horizon’; an invisible boundary surrounding a black hole past which nothing can escape (a point of no return). He instead proposed an ‘apparent horizon’, which could only temporarily confine matter and energy before they were set free.

The paper titled ‘Information preservation and weather forecasting for black holes’ attempts to address the black-hole firewall paradox, which has baffled physicists for two years. The paradox was discovered by Joseph Polchinski and his colleagues when they were speculating about what would happen to an astronaut that fell into a black hole.

The team hypothesised that the event horizon would become a ‘highly energetic region’ a.k.a, a firewall and that the astronaut would collide with this firewall and burn to death. The problem is that this disobeyed Einstein’s theory of relativity, which states that free-falling in space is no different from floating in space. Since then a number of theories have surfaced to answer the problem  but perhaps Hawking’s new paper draws us closer to finding out the fate of the falling astronaut.