Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...

TED@BCG San Francisco

Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...

October 30, 2013


We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth.

Esta Soler: How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)

TEDWomen 2013

Esta Soler: How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)

December 5, 2013


When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the "Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act." "If only I had Twitter then," she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies -- from the Polaroid camera to social media -- that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.

Maya Penn: Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist …

TEDWomen 2013

Maya Penn: Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist …

December 5, 2013


Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk.

Nicolas Perony: Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

TEDxZurich 2013

Nicolas Perony: Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

October 3, 2013


Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.

McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

TEDYouth 2013

McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

November 23, 2013


McKenna Pope's younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven -- because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing. In a heartening talk, Pope makes the case for gender-neutral toys and gives a rousing call to action to all kids who feel powerless.

Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime

TED@BCG San Francisco

Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime

October 30, 2013


When she became the attorney general of New Jersey in 2007, Anne Milgram quickly discovered a few startling facts: not only did her team not really know who they were putting in jail, but they had no way of understanding if their decisions were actually making the public safer. And so began her ongoing, inspirational quest to bring data analytics and statistical analysis to the US criminal justice system.

Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

TED2013

Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

June 14, 2013


2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.

Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright

TED@State Street

Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright

November 18, 2013


Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

TED@BCG San Francisco

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

October 22, 2013


Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)

Paula Johnson: His and hers … healthcare

TEDWomen 2013

Paula Johnson: His and hers … healthcare

December 5, 2013


Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.

Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

TEDGlobal 2013

Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

June 13, 2013


“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

Guy Hoffman: Robots with "soul"

TEDxJaffa 2013

Guy Hoffman: Robots with "soul"

October 15, 2013


What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art

TEDxMet

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art

October 16, 2013


Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in ... now what?

TEDWomen 2013

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in ... now what?

December 5, 2013


Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 -- because she was going to talk, for the first time, about the lonely experience of being a woman in the top tiers of business. Millions of views (and a best-selling book) later, the Facebook COO talks with the woman who pushed her to give that first talk, Pat Mitchell. Sandberg opens up about the reaction to her idea, and explores the ways that women still struggle with success.

Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that's safer and way cheaper

TEDGlobal 2013

Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that's safer and way cheaper

June 19, 2013


One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin. He shows how this tiny piece of silicon can overcome four major shortcomings of the modern needle and syringe, at a fraction of the cost.

Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point

TED@BCG Singapore

Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point

October 10, 2013


You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally

TED@BCG San Francisco

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally

October 30, 2013


The music industry has sometimes struggled to find its feet in the digital world. In this lovely talk, TED Fellow Ryan Holladay tells us why he is experimenting with what he describes as "location-aware music." This programming and musical feat involves hundreds of geotagged segments of sounds that only play when a listener is physically nearby. (Filmed at TED@BCG.)

Frederic Kaplan: How to build an information time machine

TEDxCaFoscariU

Frederic Kaplan: How to build an information time machine

June 19, 2013


Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years. (Filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU.)

Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research

TED@State Street

Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research

November 6, 2013


Believe it or not, about 20 years' worth of potentially life-saving drugs are sitting in labs right now, untested. Why? Because they can't get the funding to go to trials; the financial risk is too high. Roger Stein is a finance guy, and he thinks deeply about mitigating risk. He and some colleagues at MIT came up with a promising new financial model that could move hundreds of drugs into the testing pipeline. (Filmed at TED@StateStreet.)

Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work

TEDGlobal 2013

Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work

June 11, 2013


In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one

TEDWomen 2013

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one

December 4, 2013


"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?

TEDxMarin

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?

October 2, 2013


It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)

Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

TEDWomen 2013

Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

December 5, 2013


In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.

Krista Donaldson: The $80 prosthetic knee that's changing lives

TEDWomen 2013

Krista Donaldson: The $80 prosthetic knee that's changing lives

December 5, 2013


We've made incredible advances in technology in recent years, but too often it seems only certain fortunate people can benefit. Engineer Krista Donaldson introduces the ReMotion knee, a prosthetic device for above-knee amputees, many of whom earn less than $4 a day. The design contains best-in-class technology and yet is far cheaper than other prosthetics on the market.

Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share

TEDxMet

Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share

October 23, 2013


"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression -- only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

TED@BCG San Francisco

Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

October 30, 2013


Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with exciting implications for us all.

Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit

TEDCity2.0

Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit

October 11, 2013


Once the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.

Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

TEDxBratislava

Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

July 18, 2013


Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."

Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela

TEDWomen 2013

Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013


"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.

Eddy Cartaya: My glacier cave discoveries

TEDYouth 2013

Eddy Cartaya: My glacier cave discoveries

November 16, 2013


Snow Dragon. Pure Imagination. Frozen Minotaur. These are the names Eddy Cartaya and his climbing partner Brent McGregor gave three glacier caves that they were the first to explore. As the Sandy Glacier slowly slides down Mount Hood in Oregon, the caves and tunnels inside it morph annually thanks to warm water from above and warm air from below. At TEDYouth, Cartaya takes us inside these magical spaces where the ice glows in bright blues and greens, and where artifacts rain from the ceiling.