Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

TEDxMaui

Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

January 22, 2012


For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal -- illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. (Filmed at TEDxMaui)

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

May 10, 2012


What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no

TEDGlobal 2012

Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no

June 25, 2012


Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix

TEDGlobal 2012

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix

June 29, 2012


Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.

Max Little: A test for Parkinson's with a phone call

TEDGlobal 2012

Max Little: A test for Parkinson's with a phone call

June 26, 2012


Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there's no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson's with 99 percent accuracy -- in a 30-second phone call.

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

TEDGlobal 2012

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

June 29, 2012


Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Becci Manson: (Re)touching lives through photos

TEDGlobal 2012

Becci Manson: (Re)touching lives through photos

June 26, 2012


In the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, mixed into the wreckage were lost and damaged photos of families and loved ones. Photo retoucher Becci Manson, together with local volunteers and a global group of colleagues she recruited online, helped clean and fix them, restoring those memories to their owners.

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

TEDGlobal 2012

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

June 26, 2012


Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

TEDxManhattan

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

February 1, 2012


A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.

Giles Duley: When a reporter becomes the story

TEDxObserver

Giles Duley: When a reporter becomes the story

March 10, 2012


Giles Duley gave up a life of glamour and celebrity as a fashion photographer to travel the world and document the stories of the forgotten and marginalized. While on assignment in Afghanistan he stepped on a landmine, a horrific event that left him a triple amputee. In this moving talk Duley tells us stories of peoples lost and found -- including his. (Filmed at TEDxObserver.)

Wayne McGregor: A choreographer's creative process in real time

TEDGlobal 2012

Wayne McGregor: A choreographer's creative process in real time

June 27, 2012


We all use our body on a daily basis, and yet few of us think about our physicality the way Wayne McGregor does. He demonstrates how a choreographer communicates ideas to an audience, working with two dancers to build phrases of dance, live and unscripted, on the TEDGlobal stage.

Mark Applebaum: The mad scientist of music

TEDxStanford

Mark Applebaum: The mad scientist of music

May 19, 2012


Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects. This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the “rules” of your own creative work. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

TEDGlobal 2012

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

June 26, 2012


Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

Michael Anti: Behind the Great Firewall of China

TEDGlobal 2012

Michael Anti: Behind the Great Firewall of China

June 29, 2012


Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.

Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees

TEDxBoston 2012

Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees

June 22, 2012


Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments -- and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.

Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

May 10, 2012


When Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? Why is that man … blushing? She shares three stories inspired by portraits, including the one that led to her best-selling novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

TEDGlobal 2012

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

June 28, 2012


Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes

TEDGlobal 2012

Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes

June 27, 2012


Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable -- and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form.

Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching

TEDGlobal 2012

Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching

June 27, 2012


What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code -- a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.

John Graham-Cumming: The greatest machine that never was

TEDxImperialCollege

John Graham-Cumming: The greatest machine that never was

March 24, 2012


Computer science began in the '30s ... the 1830s. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered "analytical engine" and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers. (Filmed at TEDxImperialCollege.)

Vinay Venkatraman: Technology crafts for the digitally underserved

TEDxSummit

Vinay Venkatraman: Technology crafts for the digitally underserved

April 19, 2012


Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in "technology crafts," through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage.

Matt Mills: Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

TEDGlobal 2012

Matt Mills: Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

June 26, 2012


Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their "auras" can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper.

Baba Shiv: Sometimes it's good to give up the driver's seat

TEDxStanford

Baba Shiv: Sometimes it's good to give up the driver's seat

May 19, 2012


Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests that ceding control -- especially on life-or-death decisions -- may be the best thing for us. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)

James Stavridis: A Navy Admiral's thoughts on global security

TEDGlobal 2012

James Stavridis: A Navy Admiral's thoughts on global security

June 26, 2012


Imagine global security driven by collaboration -- among agencies, government, the private sector and the public. That's not just the distant hope of open-source fans, it's the vision of James Stavridis, a US Navy Admiral. Stavridis shares vivid moments from recent military history to explain why security of the future should be built with bridges rather than walls.

Neil Harbisson: I listen to color

TEDGlobal 2012

Neil Harbisson: I listen to color

June 27, 2012


Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.

Jamie Drummond: Let's crowdsource the world's goals

TEDGlobal 2012

Jamie Drummond: Let's crowdsource the world's goals

June 27, 2012


In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease -- with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years.

Mina Bissell: Experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer

TEDGlobal 2012

Mina Bissell: Experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer

June 29, 2012


For decades, researcher Mina Bissell pursued a revolutionary idea -- that a cancer cell doesn't automatically become a tumor, but rather, depends on surrounding cells (its microenvironment) for cues on how to develop. She shares the two key experiments that proved the prevailing wisdom about cancer growth was wrong.

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: Capturing memories in video art

TED2012

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: Capturing memories in video art

February 27, 2012


Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...

Todd Humphreys: How to fool a GPS

TEDxAustin

Todd Humphreys: How to fool a GPS

February 11, 2012


Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)

Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver

TEDxStanford

Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver

May 19, 2012


Autonomous cars are coming -- and they’re going to drive better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)