TED talks have emerged as an effective way to experience new ideas, philosophies, and topics — all via presentations typically lasting no longer than 18 minutes. These conferences vary in their subject matter, but there are many that have tackled the broad, yet incredibly relevant and progressive topic of IoT technology.

Here are several essential IoT TED talks for your consideration.


“Kristina Höök: Living in an Internet of Things World”

Kristina Höök, a professor in human-machine interaction at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, takes her audience on journey through the growing IoT landscape, examining how connected devices have become uniquely identifiable with regards to their “internet-like” communal functionality.


“Dr. John Barrett: The Internet of Things”

As both the head of academic studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at CIT and group director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group, Dr. John Barrett is more than credentialed to discuss IoT technologies and their impact on integrated smart systems. Barrett provides an “all-inclusive” talk on the IoT, discussing both basics and implications for the future.


“Kevin Kelly: The Next 5,000 Days of the Web”

Though originally presented in 2007, Kevin Kelly’s “Next 5,000 Days” discussion is timeless in its themes of forward thinking, accountability, and adaptability with regards to a prevailing form of technology. Kelly predicates his talk on a single fascinating stat: “the world wide web (as we knew it at the time) is only 5,000 days old;” he then challenges audiences to think about the next 5,000 days and what they may hold, and when applied to IoT implications, this way of idea is enduringly relevant.


“Rodolphe el-Khoury: Designing for the Internet of Things”

Rodolphe el-Khoury, director of urban design for the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty, is “renowned for his design work,” and this background proves very useful as he presents his sentiments on IoT design and usability. In short, el-Khoury touches on the specific architectural demands stemming from IoT technologies, rooting the discussion on the “human desire to simplify and beautify technology” by consistently folding into otherwise routine aspects of our daily lives.