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

TED Fellows Retreat 2013

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.

Annette Heuser: The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies

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Annette Heuser: The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies

June 7, 2013


The way we rate national economies is all wrong, says rating agency reformer Annette Heuser. With mysterious and obscure methods, three private US-based credit rating agencies wield immense power over national economies across the globe, and the outcomes can be catastrophic. But what if there was another way? In this bold talk, Heuser shares her vision for a nonprofit agency that would bring more equality and justice into the mix.

Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away

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Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away

November 19, 2013


In a fun, exciting talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: distant galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the universe's largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair award winner, we can learn quite a lot about scientific mysteries in our own world and galaxy.

Siddharthan Chandran: Can the damaged brain repair itself?

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Siddharthan Chandran: Can the damaged brain repair itself?

July 15, 2013


After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the repair doesn't happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor neuron disease (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS). Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.

Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language

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Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language

February 27, 2013


While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers an app that helps nonverbal people communicate, and the big idea behind it, a language concept called FreeSpeech, has exciting potential.

Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens

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Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens

September 20, 2013


Hacking is about more than mischief-making or political subversion. As Catherine Bracy describes in this spirited talk, it can be just as much a force for good as it is for evil. She spins through some inspiring civically-minded projects in Honolulu, Oakland and Mexico City — and makes a compelling case that we all have what it takes to get involved.

Ash Beckham: We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up

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Ash Beckham: We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up

September 13, 2013


In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?

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Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?

February 28, 2013


An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.

Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

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Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

October 30, 2013


The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Michael Metcalfe: We need money for aid. So let’s print it.

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Michael Metcalfe: We need money for aid. So let’s print it.

November 6, 2013


During the financial crisis, the central banks of the United States, United Kingdom and Japan created $3.7 trillion in order to buy assets and encourage investors to do the same. Michael Metcalfe offers a shocking idea: could these same central banks print money to ensure they stay on track with their goals for global aid? Without risking inflation?

Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

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Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

December 5, 2013


Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.

Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability

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Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability

November 26, 2013


Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world's most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it's large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's environmental, social and governance structures, too.

Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

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Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

February 28, 2013


Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong

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Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong

October 12, 2012


In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)

David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?

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David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?

June 20, 2013


In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

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Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

November 15, 2013


Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

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Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

November 26, 2013


Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention

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Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention

August 6, 2013


In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception -- and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders

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Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders

June 12, 2013


As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.