While you are basking in the glow
of having won your first massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling game,
let's do a quick recap on the positive emotions.
I said "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling."
You were like, "What the hell is she talking about?"
So I provoked a little curiosity.
it took creativity to solve the problem of getting all the thumbs into the node.
I'm reaching around and I'm reaching up.
So you used creativity. That was great.
How about surprise? The actual feeling
of trying to wrestle two thumbs at once is pretty surprising.
You heard that sound go up in the room.
We had excitement. As you started to wrestle,
maybe you're starting to win or this person's, like, really into it,
so you kind of get the excitement going.
We have relief. You got to stand up.
You've been sitting for awhile, so the physical relief, getting to shake it out.
We had joy. You were laughing, smiling.
Look at your faces. This room is full of joy.
We had some contentment.
I didn't see anybody sending text messages or checking their email while we were playing,
so you were totally content to be playing.
The most important three emotions,
awe and wonder, we had everybody connected physically for a minute.
When was the last time you were at TED
and you got to connect physically with every single person in the room?
And it's truly awesome and wondrous.
And speaking of physical connection,
you guys know I love the hormone oxytocin,
you release oxytocin, you feel bonded to everyone in the room.
You guys know that the best way to release oxytocin quickly
is to hold someone else's hand for at least six seconds.
You guys were all holding hands for way more than six seconds,
so we are all now biochemically primed to love each other. That is great.
And the last emotion of pride.
How many people are like me. Just admit it.
You lost both your thumbs.
It just didn't work out for you.
That's okay, because you learned a new skill today.
You learned, from scratch, a game you never knew before.
Now you know how to play it.You can teach other people.
How many of you won just won thumb?
All right. I have very good news for you.
According to the official rules of massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling,
this makes you a grandmaster of the game.
Because there aren't that many people who know how to play,
we have to kind of accelerate the program more than a game like chess.
So congratulations, grandmasters.
Win one thumb once, you will become a grandmaster.
Did anybody win both their thumbs?
Yes. Awesome. Okay.
Get ready to update your Twitter or Facebook status.
You guys, according to the rules, are legendary grandmasters, so congratulations.
I will just leave you with this tip,if you want to play again.
The best way to become a legendary grandmaster,you've got your two nodes going on.
Pick off the one that looks easiest.
They're not paying attention. They look kind of weak.
Focus on that one and do something crazy with this arm.
As soon as you win, suddenly stop.
Everybody is thrown off. You go in for the kill.
That's how you become a legendary grandmaster of massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling.
Thank you for letting me teach you my favorite game.