Here are 4 TED talks that look at the trending topic of virtual reality. TED is a forum for ideas, accessible to people across the globe.  It convenes people from across many fields to share ideas and spark conversation.

Chris Milk
Immersive Artist, Director, Entrepreneur

Chris Milk first gained recognition as a music video director, working with Arcade Fire, U2, Kanye West, Green Day, Johnny Cash, Gnarls Barkley, Chemical Brothers, John Mellencamp, Courtney Love, and Modest Mouse. He has been honored with the top industry awards for his music video and commercial work, including the Grand Prix Cannes Lion, the D&AD Black Pencil, the Grand Clio, and SXSW’s ‘Best of Show’, as well as multiple Grammy nominations, MTV Moon Men, and the UK’s MVA Innovation Award.  In this TED Talk, Milk looks at VR as a medium for storytelling.

Michael Bodekaer
Technology Entrepreneur; Founder of Labster

Born and raised in Denmark, Michael Bodekaer’s first business venture came to life when he was just 14 years old. Fast forward to now and Michael is the founder of five unique organizations with offices spanning the globe.  With the ambition of leveraging cutting-edge technology to improve learning quality, Michael partnered with co-founder and science professor Dr. Mads Bonde to create a concept aimed at increasing the level of versatility and accessibility of science education.  In this TED Talk, Bodekaer demos an idea that could revolutionize the way we teach science in schools.

Nonny de la Peña
“Godmother of Virtual Reality”, CEO of Emblematic Group

As the CEO of Emblematic Group, Nonny de la Peña uses cutting-edge technologies to tell stories — both fictional and news-based — that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. She has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism.  In this TED Talk, Nonny demonstrates a new form of journalism that combines traditional reporting with VR technology to put the audience inside the story.

Chris Kluwe
Punter and Author

As a punter, most recently for the Minnesota Vikings, Chris Kluwe consistently set team records. As an advocate for equality, he proudly and profanely broke the NFL’s code of omertà around locker-room politics.  In this TED Talk, he envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field — and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.


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