There were three basic things that he talked about during his talk at TED. The first was about how the printing press became so successful in a time when very few people could read. It was at a time when the Catholic church needed money so they began to hand write indulgences, which are essentially single page forgiveness that get you out of purgatory. People from the church went all around Europe and sold these indulgences to people in order to make money for the church. When the printing press was invented they were bought all over Europe, thus making it easier and faster to produce these indulgences so that more money could be made. That is how the printing press became so successful in a time when few people could read…I thought that was extremely interesting…
The second was about the Library of Human Imagination that he has built in his home. This library is all about stimulating the mind with all of the great things that humanity has done over the years. It is about being creative, having ingenuity and about the wonders of human imagination.
The third is about the similarities between two codes…one of life (DNA molecule) and the other of death (Anigma machine from the time of the Nazis). They are connected because of the human brain, the place where imagination is housed…where imagination is housed…the place that both of these things was idealized…the place where each of these things were created.
Overall this was a bit of a confusing video to watch. It was obviously three seperate presentations that were combined into one so the overall purpose was kind of lost on me. The pieces were all very interesting individually, together though they don’t make much sense. You can find more information on the library by clicking on the link in this post or you can click on the picture. Enjoy!