As innovative and inspiring as the TED Conference has been over it's now 20-year history, and in spite of the success of the spin-off TED Talks video series, we admit to finding all of the above mildly pretentious sometimes. This sentiment, magnified about 100X, is felt by the hooligans at The Onion as well, if this latest video series is any indication.

Follow the action as our Idea Guy/Host tells the world about a composting car that will create jobs, save the environment, provide a windfall for engineers talented in the implementation of the impossible, and make one dreamer very, very rich. Watch it all unfold below.


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      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      SO TRUE.. I used to work with a bunch of ass clowns like that..
      sirvixisvexed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be YOUR visionary! And YOU do the things I come up with!
      Lynchenstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not terribly funny. I was hoping for better.
      Fgergergrergr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha..ha not as unrealistic as some might think.
      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe every major corporation and government implements this standard of thinking. Boss: Joe, what would it take to get this vision/task accomplished? Joe: Resources and time. Boss: I believe we can get it completed without those two items.
      Stix
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is The Onion. The whole inconsistent and pretentious presentation was part of their joke. It's really a satire that's poking fun at TED Talks.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      The irony is, that we *can* power cars with waste biomass, in a variety of pathways. Turning crop waste into ethanol/methanol. Gasification of same into syngas. Using wastewater plants to generate methane, to turn into electricity or hydrogen...
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's about time someone skewered TED - talk about pretentious, and having a superiority complex.
      BLS
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just like congress with CAFE standards. They have done their part by decreeing the fuel economy standards. Now they just need the implementers.
        Anderlan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BLS
        With the several dozen 30city/40hwy models being sold this year it looks like it was kind of easy, whereas 4 years ago, it kind of looks like they were simply stagnating in a sticky, oligopolic market with established norms and lack of long-term cost analysis on the part of customers. I just love my friend here (I'm channeling Biden), slamming CAFE without putting forth alternatives! Lord knows there are slightly more market-oriented approaches (feebates like in France, etc).
          BLS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anderlan
          I am with you on the great choices we have. I am not going to accept getting lower milage than my current car when we buy a new car and we have a 10 year old economy car. But CAFE has its loop-holes too. Different standards for cars and trucks that fueled the SUV boom. Weight limits that allows cars that are heavy enough to qualify as farm equiptment. E85 loop hole, even if you never put it in your tank. Bottomline. The engineers deserve the credit.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anderlan
          Please don't channel Biden. The guy doesn't know that JOBS has 4 letters and that we have never sent people to IRAN for a war.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BLS
        Are you suggesting that instead of implementing environmental safeguards, Congress should design the car of the future?
          BLS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Congress passes a law that sets the fuel economy standards and pats themselves on the back. Someoneelse has to deal with the consquences. It is incredibly naive to believe there is no downside to your so called environmental safeguards. More expensive cars Job losses Taking away your and my choice Plus at the same time they are demanding more safety features for cars that increase the price and weight. Making it that much harder to meet the CAFE standards. Also, congresspeople do not have hearts of gold. They want the credit so they can get reelected. If no one can meet their standards they don't care. They can demagog the car companies and throw on some extra penalties (more taxes).
          BLS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          @Romney I don't think my blood pressure could take a flame war with you. Maybe I should just surrender to the collective because, after all, Government is the one thing we all belong too, right?
      LOLO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you the same guy writing for yahoo? Skewer skewer skewer. Is this word gaining more popularity?
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I work with a guy just like this. He is our leader. And he starts off with "Now, I don't know what you do, but here is The Vision of where you need to go." And so many people drink the Kool-Aid. The problem isn't The Vision. It's what it would take to implement it. And you present the realistic effort, cost and time to get it done and you get "it can't be that hard... you need to think outside the box... we need to do things in new ways.... focus on The Vision." Repeat the "I don't know what you do..." line and start over.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        It sounds like you're not thinking outside the box yet.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too soon. Assuming of course that was a Steve Jobs impression, lol! xD
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