Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

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Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

March 19, 2014


We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

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Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

March 20, 2014


More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love -- and why it's important.

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

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Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

October 8, 2013


What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Emdin offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.

Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done

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Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done

March 18, 2014


In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics

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Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics

March 18, 2014


On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to the Big Bang. For non-physicists, what does it mean? TED asked Allan Adams to briefly explain the results, in this improvised talk illustrated by Randall Munroe of xkcd.

TED staff: It's TED, the Musical

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TED staff: It's TED, the Musical

April 1, 2014


Do you have a TED Talk inside, just bursting to come out? Take this tongue-in-cheek musical journey to “Give Your Talk.” A musical love letter to our speakers -- written, directed and performed by the TED staff.

Geena Rocero: Why I must come out

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Geena Rocero: Why I must come out

March 19, 2014


When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a photo of herself in a bikini, "I thought ... you have arrived!" As she reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In this moving talk, Rocero tells the story of becoming who she always knew she was.

Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform

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Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform

March 20, 2014


Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.

Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

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Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

March 12, 2014


Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

Del Harvey: The strangeness of scale at Twitter

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Del Harvey: The strangeness of scale at Twitter

March 12, 2014


When hundreds of thousands of tweets are fired every second, a one-in-a-million chance -- including unlikely-sounding scenarios that could harm users -- happens about 500 times a day. For Del Harvey, who heads Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team, these odds aren’t good. The security maven spends her days thinking about how to prevent worst-case scenarios while giving voice to people around the globe. With deadpan humor, she offers a window into how she keeps 240 million users safe.

Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think

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Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think

October 1, 2013


Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so cute -- and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.

Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

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Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

March 18, 2014


When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

Ed Yong: Zombie roaches and other parasite tales

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Ed Yong: Zombie roaches and other parasite tales

March 20, 2014


In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites -- animals and organisms that live on the bodeis (and brains!) of other organisms, causing them to do their bidding. Do humans have them too? Maybe ...

Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala

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Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala

March 17, 2014


Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."

Larry Page: Where’s Google going next?

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Larry Page: Where’s Google going next?

March 20, 2014


Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things.

Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk

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Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk

March 20, 2014


After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers Anderson’s questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy.

Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

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Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

March 18, 2014


There's an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet

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Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet

March 18, 2014


Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

Charmian Gooch: My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business

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Charmian Gooch: My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business

March 18, 2014


Anonymous companies protect corrupt individuals – from notorious drug cartel leaders to nefarious arms dealers – behind a shroud of mystery that makes it almost impossible to find and hold them responsible. But anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch hopes to change all that. At TED2014, she shares her brave TED Prize wish: to know who owns and controls companies, to change the law, and to launch a new era of openness in business.

Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

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Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

February 19, 2012


Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive.

Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

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Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

November 27, 2013


Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice

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Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice

February 27, 2013


Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?

Carin Bondar: The birds and the bees are just the beginning

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Carin Bondar: The birds and the bees are just the beginning

June 12, 2013


Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on. (This talk describes explicit and aggressive sexual content.)

Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that

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Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that

July 17, 2013


Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?

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Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?

June 11, 2013


Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality -- for men, women, all of us.

Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine

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Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine

August 19, 2013


Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.

Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

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Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

June 26, 2012


Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.

Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

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Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

August 12, 2013


Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.

Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains?

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Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains?

March 12, 2013


As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.

Philip Evans: How data will transform business

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Philip Evans: How data will transform business

November 11, 2013


What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.