Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism

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Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism

October 26, 2016


Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women -- and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Hollywood, where on-screen males outnumber females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.)

Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one

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Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one

October 21, 2016


Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?

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Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?

September 24, 2015


How much energy and brain power do we devote to learning how to spell? Language evolves over time, and with it the way we spell -- is it worth it to spend so much time memorizing rules that are filled with endless exceptions? Literary scholar Karina Galperin suggests that it may be time for an update in the way we think about and record language. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time

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Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time

October 26, 2016


Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it.

Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution

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Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution

March 5, 2016


Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI

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Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI

November 15, 2016


New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.

Margaret Bourdeaux: Why civilians suffer more once a war is over

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Margaret Bourdeaux: Why civilians suffer more once a war is over

November 14, 2015


War doesn't just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations.

Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry

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Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry

January 26, 2017


Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist and entrepreneur Lara Setrakian. She shares three ways we can fix the news and make the complex issues of our time easier to understand.

Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help

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Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help

October 26, 2016


Racism is making people sick -- especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting

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Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting

June 25, 2016


Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Rodrigo y Gabriela: An electrifying acoustic guitar performance

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: An electrifying acoustic guitar performance

March 16, 2015


Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this live performance of their song, "The Soundmaker."

Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone

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Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone

February 14, 2016


How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting -- and learning from -- refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

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Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

October 25, 2013


Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story

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Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story

November 30, 2016


Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Joshua Smith: New nanotech to catch cancer early

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Joshua Smith: New nanotech to catch cancer early

November 15, 2016


What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology "cancer alarm" that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes. In this forward-thinking talk, he shares his dream for how we might revolutionize cancer detection and, ultimately, save lives.

Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about

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Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about

November 5, 2016


Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward.

Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation

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Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation

October 26, 2016


In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way. For a Q&A with the speakers, visit go.ted.com/thordisandtom.

Nagin Cox: What time is it on Mars?

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Nagin Cox: What time is it on Mars?

November 19, 2016


Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States' rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet -- whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth's -- has particular, often comical challenges.

Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

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Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

April 24, 2016


Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.

Alan Smith: Why we're so bad at statistics

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Alan Smith: Why we're so bad at statistics

April 15, 2016


Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terribly limited, says data visualization expert Alan Smith. In this delightful talk, Smith explores the mismatch between what we know and what we think we know.

Sarah Parcak: Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late

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Sarah Parcak: Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late

February 15, 2016


Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There's a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we've excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what's out there. Now, with the 2016 TED Prize and an infectious enthusiasm for archaeology, she's developed an online platform called GlobalXplorer that enables anyone with an internet connection to discover unknown sites and protect what remains of our shared human inheritance.

Deepika Kurup: A young scientist's quest for clean water

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Deepika Kurup: A young scientist's quest for clean water

October 26, 2016


Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen -- and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water.

Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

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Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

April 9, 2016


What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more -- all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city

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Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city

October 26, 2016


A skyscraper that channels the breeze ... a building that creates community around a hearth ... Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this engaging tour of her work, Gang invites us into buildings large and small, from a surprising local community center to a landmark Chicago skyscraper. "Through architecture, we can do much more than create buildings," she says. "We can help steady this planet we all share."

Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations

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Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations

September 17, 2016


Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division -- can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.

Caleb Barlow: Where is cybercrime really coming from?

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Caleb Barlow: Where is cybercrime really coming from?

November 15, 2016


Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. His solution? We need to respond to cybercrime with the same collective effort as we apply to a health care crisis, sharing timely information on who is infected and how the disease is spreading. If we're not sharing, he says, then we're part of the problem.

Emily Parsons-Lord: Art made of the air we breathe

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Emily Parsons-Lord: Art made of the air we breathe

May 24, 2016


Emily Parsons-Lord re-creates air from distinct moments in Earth's history -- from the clean, fresh-tasting air of the Carboniferous period to the soda-water air of the Great Dying to the heavy, toxic air of the future we're creating. By turning air into art, she invites us to know the invisible world around us. Breathe in the Earth's past and future in this imaginative, trippy talk.

Ashley Judd: How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control

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Ashley Judd: How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control

October 27, 2016


Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.

Sisonke Msimang: If a story moves you, act on it

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Sisonke Msimang: If a story moves you, act on it

October 27, 2016


Stories are necessary, but they're not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasis on storytelling and spotlights the decline of facts. During a critical time when listening has been confused for action, Msimang asks us to switch off our phones, step away from our screens and step out into the real world to create a plan for justice.

Dan Bricklin: Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet

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Dan Bricklin: Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet

November 19, 2016


Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.