George Tulevski: The next step in nanotechnology

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George Tulevski: The next step in nanotechnology

November 15, 2016


Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can't get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?

Sam Kass: Want kids to learn well? Feed them well

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Sam Kass: Want kids to learn well? Feed them well

November 2, 2015


What can we expect our kids to learn if they're hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students' bodies in addition to their minds.

Sofia Jawed-Wessel: The lies we tell pregnant women

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Sofia Jawed-Wessel: The lies we tell pregnant women

October 8, 2016


"When we tell women that sex isn't worth the risk during pregnancy, what we're telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn't matter ... that she in fact doesn't matter," says sex researcher Sofia Jawed-Wessel. In this eye-opening talk, Jawed-Wessel mines our views about pregnancy and pleasure to lay bare the relationship between women, sex and systems of power.

Anjali Tripathi: Why Earth may someday look like Mars

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Anjali Tripathi: Why Earth may someday look like Mars

November 14, 2015


Every minute, 400 pounds of hydrogen and almost 7 pounds of helium escape from Earth's atmosphere into outer space. Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi studies the phenomenon of atmospheric escape, and in this fascinating and accessible talk, she considers how this process might one day (a few billion years from now) turn our blue planet red.

David Autor: Why are there still so many jobs?

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David Autor: Why are there still so many jobs?

September 29, 2016


Here's a paradox you don't hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn't human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.

James Beacham: How we explore unanswered questions in physics

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James Beacham: How we explore unanswered questions in physics

September 4, 2016


James Beacham looks for answers to the most important open questions of physics using the biggest science experiment ever mounted, CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In this fun and accessible talk about how science happens, Beacham takes us on a journey through extra-spatial dimensions in search of undiscovered fundamental particles (and an explanation for the mysteries of gravity) and details the drive to keep exploring.

Charity Wayua: A few ways to fix an ailing government

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Charity Wayua: A few ways to fix an ailing government

November 15, 2016


Charity Wayua put her skills as a cancer researcher to use on an unlikely patient: the government of her native Kenya. She shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses, a crucial part of economic health and growth, leading to new investments and a World Bank recognition as a top reformer.

Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

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Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

November 15, 2016


In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies

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Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies

October 31, 2015


Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it's a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain "upgrades" to human embryos -- from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and unforeseeable, consequences.

Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons

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Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons

October 28, 2016


Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don't need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today's rising leaders -- those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck-and-cover training -- to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.

Chinaka Hodge: What will you tell your daughters about 2016?

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Chinaka Hodge: What will you tell your daughters about 2016?

October 28, 2016


With words like shards of glass, Chinaka Hodge cuts open 2016 and lets 12 months of violence, grief, fear, shame, courage and hope spill out in this original poem about a year none of us will soon forget.

Rebecca Brachman: Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD?

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Rebecca Brachman: Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD?

September 10, 2016


The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected -- and controversial -- twist.

Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

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Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

October 27, 2016


There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."

Dena Simmons: How students of color confront impostor syndrome

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Dena Simmons: How students of color confront impostor syndrome

November 2, 2015


As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.

Kevin Kelly: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

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Kevin Kelly: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

June 29, 2016


"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."

Kevin B. Jones: Why curiosity is the key to science and medicine

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Kevin B. Jones: Why curiosity is the key to science and medicine

September 19, 2015


Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision -- and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand.

Sharon Brous: It's time to reclaim and reinvent religion

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Sharon Brous: It's time to reclaim and reinvent religion

October 28, 2016


At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

Veerle Provoost: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

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Veerle Provoost: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

June 18, 2016


How do we define a parent -- or a family? Bioethicist Veerle Provoost explores these questions in the context of non-traditional families, ones brought together by adoption, second marriages, surrogate mothers and sperm donations. In this talk, she shares stories of how parents and children create their own family narratives.

Elizabeth Lesser: Say your truths and seek them in others

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Elizabeth Lesser: Say your truths and seek them in others

October 27, 2016


In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling. "You don't have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you," she says. "Be like a new kind of first responder ... the one to take the first courageous step toward the other."

Natalie Panek: Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

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Natalie Panek: Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

October 22, 2015


Our lives depend on a world we can't see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn't a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It's up to us to keep it that way.

Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

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Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

May 2, 2015


Jia Jang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days -- from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant -- Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.

Kate Adams: 4 larger-than-life lessons from soap operas

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Kate Adams: 4 larger-than-life lessons from soap operas

September 15, 2016


Soap operas and telenovelas may be overblown and exaggerated, but as Kate Adams shows us, they often reflect the intensity and drama of real life. As Adams, the former assistant casting director for "As the World Turns" explains, "Soap operas teach us to push away doubt and believe in our capacity for bravery, vulnerability, adaptability and resilience." In this talk she highlights four lessons for life and business that we can take away from melodramas, reminding us, "And most importantly, they show us it's never too late to change your story."

Ryan Gravel: How an old loop of railroads is changing the face of a city

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Ryan Gravel: How an old loop of railroads is changing the face of a city

October 5, 2016


Urban planner Ryan Gravel shares the story of how his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, rallied to build a massive urban park that will transform an abandoned railroad track into 22 miles of public green space called the Atlanta BeltLine. The places we live aren't inevitable, he says -- and if we want something different, we need to speak up.

Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan: A queer vision of love and marriage

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Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan: A queer vision of love and marriage

October 27, 2016


Love is a tool for revolutionary change and a path toward inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their marriage -- as a transgender man and cis woman -- a model of possibility for people of every kind. With infectious joy, Tiq and Kim question our misconceptions about who they might be and offer a vision of an inclusive, challenging love that grows day by day.

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

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Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

October 27, 2016


Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."

Joe Lassiter: We need nuclear power to solve climate change

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Joe Lassiter: We need nuclear power to solve climate change

June 28, 2016


Joe Lassiter is a deep thinker and straight talker focused on developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy. His analysis of the world's energy realities puts a powerful lens on the stubbornly touchy issue of nuclear power, including new designs for plants that can compete economically with fossil fuels. We have the potential to make nuclear safer and cheaper than it's been in the past, Lassiter says. Now we have to make the choice to pursue it.

Juan Enriquez: What will humans look like in 100 years?

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Juan Enriquez: What will humans look like in 100 years?

June 26, 2016


We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals -- futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we'll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.

Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself

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Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself

September 10, 2016


Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky.

Steven Johnson: How play leads to great inventions

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Steven Johnson: How play leads to great inventions

October 21, 2016


Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn't emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Share this captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention. Turns out, you'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

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Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

October 27, 2016


Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.