7 Exciting Ted Talks That Explain (Building) Digitization to Us

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Digitization is a phenomenon that shapes our age like no other. It continues to advance and helps us in our everyday lives with the smallest of errands. Whether in factories or in everyday life – digitization is everywhere. But what exactly is it doing to us, and how is it affecting humanity?

Here we have compiled 7 exciting Ted Talks from experts that explore precisely these questions. Have fun watching!

1. The Digital Human Being – Daniel Backhaus (7:25)

One of the few Ted Talks in German is by Daniel Backhaus. He talks about the unique time we live in today – in which we have access to more information and forms of communication, regardless of location, than ever before. All this through digitization. Above all, it is about how to deal with digital forms of communication.

2. Digital Leadership vs. Digital Transformation – Nelson Phillips(14:25)

Computer engineer Nelson Phillips talks about the meeting between technology and leaders. First, he explains the term “digital transformation” and gives vivid examples from his own everyday life. He also explores the question of why the economy invests billions in new technologies of digitization, but not in leaders who can competently handle these technologies.

3. Industry 4.0: How intelligent machines will transform everything we know – Markus Lorenz (9:29)

Markus Lorenz begins with the thesis that the future will not be shaped by young hipsters, but by engineers. Digitization and Industry 4.0 have given machines the ability to act intelligently. Above all, he presents the significance of the digital twin and sensor technology within this fourth industrial revolution. Later, he explores the question of what the human workforce still has to do in the advanced Industry 4.0. Many of the current jobs will be eliminated because of machines, but more and more new fields are coming up in which people are needed. So it is rather a shift of human labor than an abolition of it.

4. What is the Internet of Things? And why should you care? – Benson Hougland (16:37)

Benson Hougland begins by declaring that the internet and its content has been made by people for people. Every website, post or picture and video has been created by people for people about people. So the Internet of People connects people together, while the Internet of Things (IoT) connects things together. He then gives a practical insight into the daily routine of his IoT technologies, all of which are within his everyday life. He concludes with an appeal why everyone should care about what the Internet of Things is and why it will be important during digitalisation in the future.

5. The difficulty of digital transformation & how to make it happen – Rico Dittrich (16:45)

Rico Dittrich orders a coffee in a café and wants to pay for it with a debit card. He then uses contactless payment with the NFC function of the device and the card. The saleswoman was appalled  because she had never seen this before. With this example, the speaker introduces the (not yet completed) digital transformation in Germany and its difficulties. Later, he goes into two other examples here that are contrary to each other: Uber and autonomous driving. Uber was banned, and autonomous driving was allowed on public roads even before the introduction of these cars. Nevertheless, it is important to pay attention to politics, law developers and the state of society during digitalization.

6. 3D Scanning and preserving cultural heritage – Makenna Murray (12:53)

It is already known that it is possible to measure and renovate buildings as efficiently as possible with the help of 3D surveys. However, it can also be excellently used for the maintenance of historic buildings such as old churches or monuments. Makenna Murray demonstrates this in her Ted Talk using historic buildings along the Californian coast. By recording historic buildings or monuments beforehand, it is possible to rebuild them after they have been destroyed or decayed. With the help of modern technologies of digitalization, it is possible to make old and historic buildings flourish anew.

7. The Best Kept Secret in Construction- Michael Johnson (10:35)

Michael Johnson is an architect and general contractor. He talks about the outstanding importance that BIM has in construction. The advantages that result from it are, among other things, the possibility to build complex buildings in a structured and plannable way, as well as to produce less waste and to stay within the given budget. Apart from that, he talks about the fact that with BIM it is only possible to really understand the building.

The Ted Talks all give an exciting insight into the present as well as the future. If you would like more information on building digitisation with BIM, 3D surveying and the digital twin, we will keep you up to date with our newsletter.

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