I been to a couple of tech talks before. I shan’t named them but they haven’t exactly been very entertaining. The food, the food, the food is – erm – more interesting than some of the speakers.

Here we have Hans Rosling at two TED talks, both are entertaining. As a doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. Now the global health professor is looking at the bigger picture, increasing our understanding of social and economic development with the remarkable trend-revealing software he created. (Stole it from here)

I embedded both his videos here. His data visualizations are really good. It’s an animated and playful presentation too.

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world (2007)

The software demonstrated was later purchased by Google in March 2007. Rosling met the Google founders at TED.

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006)


Rosling was quoted saying in the 2007 video, “I have a neighbor who knows 200 types of wine. He knows everything. He knows the name of the grape, the temperature, and everything. I only know two types of wine: red and white. But my neighbor only knows two types of countries: industrialized and developing and I know 200.” (Hat tip: Fat Knowledge)

I just realized TED has the longest embed codes I have ever seen. It’s like three times the embed code of YouTube’s.

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