5 Things I Learned at TEDGlobal

Kirsten Cluthe | PCMag.com | July 5, 2012

The theme at TEDGlobal this year was "Radical Openness," indicating the effects of open-source technology, collaboration, social media, and DIY invention on our world.

TED speakers provided different perspectives to help guide our thinking about the evolution we're all experiencing – how to design for openness, what the implications are for transparency, and the management of data in an open environment. Technology has been pushed to new frontiers and the talks brought the future directly into the laps of everyone at the Edinburgh conference center – in the form of color-blind artist Neil Harbisson (above), who is using technology to "hear" color, or musician Imogen Heap who makes music with specially designed gloves to control processing, called "gestural music ware."