f This week I have participated in a TED talk evening.
What is a TED talk?
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. During this event, we shared ideas concerning this topic, gave feedback about it and discussed recent topics.
The event started with short pitches of KTH students currently working on an innovative idea. A person from the Netherlands had the great idea of how to use open data and provide this data to the user.
What exactly was the idea about?
The innovator provides a website for people that want to buy a vehicle 2nd hand: Did you already have the problem that you wanted to buy a car or a motorbike 2nd hand, but you were not sure if the given details about mileage and the Technical Inspection Agency were actually correct? If so, this website perfectly suits you. You simply enter the license plate and which information you want to have e.g. last check mileage. The website returns you the desired information through a pdf. For all data which the innovator can access for free, such as technical information about the vehicle, the user does not have to pay. The user only pays for the data, the innovator has to pay for himself e.g. mileage.
Why should the user use this website?
You may believe you can get the mileage yourself. But actually, you can not. Data like the mileage is provided by the government and it is only accessible for companies in exchange for a fee.
Aren’t there any competitors?
There are, but the competitors are only focusing on cars, whereas on this website the innovators provide information for all kind of vehicles.
> What do you think about this idea?
During the event we watched together inspiring videos, which I would like to share with you:
The first video is about how to spread your idea? It explains, as we the students of Serdars’s Open & User Innovation class have seen, that the focus on innovation should be to not target the mass, but the lead users and early adopters. Furthermore, Seth Godin is an awesome presenter. I enjoyed every second of the video and I hang on every word.
The second video was about recent research on AI and which products already exist.
> What do you think about those videos?
> We are living in a world where robots will replace jobs. What do you think about it? Should we be afraid? Should we work together with the robot? How far do you think will it go?
Are you interested in those topics? Do you like to reflect on current technology and its influence on us?
How often do you check your phone, log in on Facebook, Twitter,… per day? Do you even know that?
Have you ever wondered how easily we are manipulated and controlled by those platforms?
If you are interested in this topic I highly recommend you the following website:
All those topics were discussed during the event. Did you find this blog interesting? Then join next coming event on 7/12 on which external speaker will be invited and follow TEDxKTH on Facebook.
// Isabelle Wilhelm