Science Fiction or Today’s Technology?


Creativity comes from imagination and failure. If those with imagination let failure rule their imaginations no creativity would ever blossom, advancement would never occur. Our growth depends on failure. Failure is a part of creating new and amazing things, processes and advancements. Failure is simply the finding the edge or your present awareness, meaning, learn more, do more. You cannot embrace both fear of failure and creating amazing things.

Chuck Yeager broke sound barrier 1947

Condensation cloud as an F/A-18 Hornet flys at or near the speed of sound. Photo by John Gay.

Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, explores this concept as she reveals the amazing science that has been evolved by pushing past failure into ever greater heights of failure, bringing wonderous advancements of technology. Join us in busting into science fiction becoming today’s technology in the beautiful TED Talk.

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects — a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet — that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED’s Chris Anderson)

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate

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