Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

TEDGlobal 2013

Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa


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

TEDxSydney

Paul Pholeros: How to reduce poverty? Fix homes


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

TEDGlobal 2013

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis


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

TEDGlobal 2013

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


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

TEDGlobal 2013

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


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

TEDGlobal 2013

George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders


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


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.

Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots

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Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots


Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population -- and learn to help them at home, too.

Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...

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Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...


For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball -- scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that's more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let's talk about … pizza.

Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film

TED2013

Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film


Filmmaker Martin Villeneuve talks about Mars et Avril, the Canadian sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money. In a charming talk, he explains the various ways he overcame financial and logistical constraints to produce his unique and inventive vision of the future.

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

TED2013

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?


Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Denise Herzing: Could we speak the language of dolphins?

TED2013

Denise Herzing: Could we speak the language of dolphins?


For 28 years, Denise Herzing has spent five months each summer living with a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins, following three generations of family relationships and behaviors. It's clear they are communicating with one another -- but is it language? Could humans use it too? She shares a fascinating new experiment to test this idea.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas: How I named, shamed and jailed

TED2013

Anas Aremeyaw Anas: How I named, shamed and jailed


Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has broken dozens of stories of corruption and organized crime all over Ghana -- without ever revealing his identity. In this talk (in which his face remains hidden) Anas shows grisly footage from some of his investigations and demonstrates the importance of facing injustice.

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

TEDMED 2013

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what


What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?

Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind

TED2013

Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind


What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue

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Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue


Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues -- and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all -- women and men -- to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Paola Antonelli: Why I brought Pac-Man to MoMA

TEDSalon NY2013

Paola Antonelli: Why I brought Pac-Man to MoMA


When the Museum of Modern Art's senior curator of architecture and design announced the acquisition of 14 video games in 2012, "all hell broke loose." In this far-ranging, entertaining, and deeply insightful talk, Paola Antonelli explains why she's delighted to challenge preconceived ideas about art and galleries, and describes her burning wish to help establish a broader understanding of design.

Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth!

TEDxDeExtinction

Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth!


It’s the dream of kids all around the world to see giant beasts walk the Earth again. Could -- and should -- that dream be realized? Hendrik Poinar gives an informative talk on the next -- really -- big thing: The quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth. The first step, to sequence the woolly genome, is nearly complete. And it’s huge. (Filmed at TEDxDeExtinction.)

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul

TED2013

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul


In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.

Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people

TED2013

Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people


Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake

TED2013

Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake


In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.

Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

TED2013

Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism


If you're lucky enough to live without want, it's a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what's the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality -- and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share. NOTE: Starting at 0:30, this talk contains 30 seconds of graphic footage.

Sergey Brin: Why Google Glass?

TED2013

Sergey Brin: Why Google Glass?


It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life

TED2013

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life


Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.

Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard!

TEDSalon NY2013

Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard!


Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.

Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness

TED@Intel

Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness


In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)

Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

TED2013

Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20


Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.

John Legend: "True Colors"

TED Talks Education

John Legend: "True Colors"


In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."