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TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: "Ideas Worth Spreading".

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley.

The TED main conference is held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia and its companion TEDActive is held in Whistler, B.C.. In 2014, both conferences moved to British Columbia from Long Beach and Palm Springs, California respectively. TED events are also held throughout North America and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono, Mike Rowe, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. TED's current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.

Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, through TED.com. As of April 2014, over 1,700 talks are available free online. By January 2009 they had been viewed 50 million times. In June 2011, the viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, and on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide.

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A force for good in the world, and an incredibly compelling one.
A wide range of people are invited to discuss their creative ideas on technology, entertainment and design.

TED has two types of conferences for which video talks end up online:
1) Standard TED events whose speakers are officially vetted
2) TEDx events that are independent and not micromanaged by TED

The first category have a very high "hit" rate with regards to quality and influence. However, the second category's quality is highly dependent on the independent organizer.

This release of control means that there is a HUGE amount of content, and many of the TEDx talks are excellent. But it also means that there is some very poor quality content as well.

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