TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading" (Wikipedia: TED (conference)). Basically, TED has some of the most fascinating videos on the web. This week-long "ode to TED" will introduce you to some of my favorite TED videos.
Hans Rosling is a Swedish professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute, one of Europe's largest medical universities. In 2006, he gave one of the most popular TED talks of all time. The talk is about the misconception of "First World vs Developing World" and uses the most amazing data visualization that I have ever seen.
TED2006: Hans Rosling shows the best stats you've ever seen (TED link)