John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousness

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John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousness

May 8, 2013


Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness -- and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)

Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper

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Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper

February 27, 2013


"I love paper, and I love technology," says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who's spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates onstage.

Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth

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Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth

May 4, 2013


In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich

TEDGlobal 2013

Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich

June 22, 2013


Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.

Dong Woo Jang: The art of bow-making

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Dong Woo Jang: The art of bow-making

February 28, 2013


Dong Woo Jang has an unusual after school hobby. Jang, who was 15 when he gave the talk, tells the story of how living in the concrete jungle of Seoul inspired him to build the perfect bow. Watch him demo one of his beautiful hand-crafted archer's bows.

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

TEDGlobal 2013

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

June 20, 2013


More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

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Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

June 12, 2013


Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager

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Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager

February 27, 2013


Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive -- all before his 16th birthday.

The interspecies internet? An idea in progress

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The interspecies internet? An idea in progress

February 28, 2013


Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers -- dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet.

Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

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Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

February 27, 2013


Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.

Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players

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Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players

June 14, 2013


When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money -- to some surprisingly familiar faces.

Mohamed Hijri: A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis

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Mohamed Hijri: A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis

October 3, 2013


Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that's a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm -- with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom. (Filmed at TEDxUdeM.)

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity from ... New Jersey?

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity from ... New Jersey?

February 26, 2013


All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. Here, they play three dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle to banjo to guitar.

Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel

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Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel

February 27, 2013


The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and SpaceTop, a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy

TEDGlobal 2013

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy

June 13, 2013


You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature's finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare

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Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare

February 9, 2013


Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions. Data geek Joel Selanikio talks through the sea change in collecting health data in the past decade -- starting with the Palm Pilot and Hotmail, and now moving into the cloud. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)

Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems

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Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems

June 12, 2013


It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a successful modern nation.

Michael Archer: How we'll resurrect the gastric brooding frog, the Tasmanian tiger

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Michael Archer: How we'll resurrect the gastric brooding frog, the Tasmanian tiger

March 15, 2013


The gastric brooding frog lays its eggs just like any other frog -- then swallows them whole to incubate. That is, it did until it went extinct 30 years ago. Paleontologist Michael Archer makes a case to bring back the gastric brooding frog and the thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger. (Filmed at TEDxDeExtinction.)

Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

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Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

May 16, 2013


The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why.

Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

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Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

April 5, 2013


As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.

Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness"

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Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness"

March 22, 2013


Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.)

Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

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Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

June 12, 2013


When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.

Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

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Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

June 13, 2013


A refugee now living in the US, Joseph Kim tells the story of his life in North Korea during the famine years. He's begun to create a new life -- but he still searches for the family he lost.

Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

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Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

June 11, 2013


Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.

Paul Pholeros: How to reduce poverty? Fix homes

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Paul Pholeros: How to reduce poverty? Fix homes

May 4, 2013


In 1985, architect Paul Pholeros was challenged by the director of an Aboriginal-controlled health service to "stop people getting sick" in a small indigenous community in south Australia. The key insights: think beyond medicine and fix the local environment. In this sparky, interactive talk, Pholeros describes projects undertaken by Healthabitat, the organization he now runs to help reduce poverty--through practical design fixes--in Australia and beyond.

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

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Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

June 11, 2013


The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)

Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

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Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

June 11, 2013


There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.

Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot

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Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot

June 11, 2013


As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders

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George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders

June 11, 2013


Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.

Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

TEDGlobal 2013

Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

June 10, 2013


In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.