Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)

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Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)

March 1, 2012


Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark -- and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity.

Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes

TEDMED 2012

Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes

April 16, 2012


Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes -- both the pathogens that make us sick and the "good" microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work.

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

TEDGlobal 2012

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

June 28, 2012


When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

TEDGlobal 2012

Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

June 28, 2012


Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 -- followed by a jawdropping solo from the master of percussive guitar, Preston Reed. And watch these two guitarists take on a very spur-of-the-moment improv.

Cesar Harada: A novel idea for cleaning up oil spills

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Cesar Harada: A novel idea for cleaning up oil spills

June 25, 2012


When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.

Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's

TEDGlobal 2012

Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's

June 25, 2012


When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer's, most of us respond with denial ("It won't happen to me") or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She's taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment -- should it arrive -- when she herself gets Alzheimer's disease.

Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

TEDGlobal 2012

Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

June 28, 2012


The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.

Boaz Almog: The levitating superconductor

TEDGlobal 2012

Boaz Almog: The levitating superconductor

June 30, 2012


How can a super-thin 3-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss. Experiment: Prof. Guy Deutscher, Mishael Azoulay, Boaz Almog, of the High Tc Superconductivity Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University.

Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness -- from the inside

TEDGlobal 2012

Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness -- from the inside

June 27, 2012


"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world

TEDGlobal 2012

Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world

June 26, 2012


The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

TEDGlobal 2012

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

June 26, 2012


Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."

Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game

TEDxSummit

Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game

April 19, 2012


Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.

Nirmalya Kumar: India's invisible innovation

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Nirmalya Kumar: India's invisible innovation

April 27, 2012


Can India become a global hub for innovation? Nirmalya Kumar thinks it already has. He details four types of "invisible innovation" currently coming out of India and explains why companies that used to just outsource manufacturing jobs are starting to move top management positions overseas, too. (Filmed at TEDxLondonBusinessSchool.)

Jon Nguyen: Tour the solar system from home

TEDxSanDiego

Jon Nguyen: Tour the solar system from home

December 3, 2011


Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos NASAJPL's "Eyes on the Solar System" -- free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time. (Filmed at TEDxSanDiego.)

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

February 28, 2012


In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists

TEDMED 2012

E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists

April 19, 2012


“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life. (Filmed at TEDMED.)

Raghava KK: What's your 200-year plan?

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Raghava KK: What's your 200-year plan?

April 16, 2012


You might have a 5-year plan, but what about a 200-year plan? Artist Raghava KK has set his eyes on an ultra-long-term horizon; at TEDxSummit, he shows how it helps guide today's choices and tomorrow's goals -- and encourages you to make your own 200-year plan too.

Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces

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Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces

April 17, 2012


During the hot summer months, watching an outdoor sports match or concert can be tantamount to baking uncomfortably in the sun -- but it doesn’t have to be. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, physicist Wolfgang Kessling reveals sustainable design innovations that cool us from above and below, and even collects solar energy for later use.

Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

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Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

March 1, 2012


Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called “the greatest geek who ever lived” -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.

Ivan Oransky: Are we over-medicalized?

TEDMED 2012

Ivan Oransky: Are we over-medicalized?

April 11, 2012


Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky warns that we’re suffering from an epidemic of preposterous preconditions -- pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, and many more. In this engaging talk from TEDMED he shows how health care can find a solution... by taking an important lesson from baseball.

David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates

TEDxAustin

David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates

February 11, 2012


What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. In this talk he proposes a bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place.

Rodney Mullen: Pop an ollie and innovate!

TEDxUSC

Rodney Mullen: Pop an ollie and innovate!

May 4, 2012


The last thing Rodney Mullen, the godfather of street skating, wanted were competitive victories. In this exuberant talk he shares his love of the open skateboarding community and how the unique environments it plays in drive the creation of new tricks -- fostering prolific ingenuity purely for passion's sake. (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)

LZ Granderson: The myth of the gay agenda

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LZ Granderson: The myth of the gay agenda

May 9, 2012


In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." (Filmed at TEDxGrandRapids.)

Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space

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Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space

March 1, 2012


In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.

Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film

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Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film

May 10, 2012


Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes -- from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood -- as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.

Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

TEDMED 2012

Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

April 11, 2012


Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.

John Hockenberry: We are all designers

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John Hockenberry: We are all designers

March 1, 2012


Journalist John Hockenberry tells a personal story inspired by a pair of flashy wheels in a wheelchair-parts catalogue -- and how they showed him the value of designing a life of intent. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Megan Kamerick: Women should represent women in media

TEDxABQ

Megan Kamerick: Women should represent women in media

September 10, 2011


How do you tell women’s stories? Ask women to tell them. At TEDxABQ, Megan Kamerick shows how the news media underrepresents women as reporters and news sources, and because of that tells an incomplete story. (Filmed at TEDxABQ.)

Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

TEDxPeachtree

Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

September 10, 2011


Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can improve the lives of everyone affected, but the complex network of causes make it incredibly difficult to predict. At TEDxPeachtree, Ami Klin describes a new early detection method that uses eye-tracking technologies to gauge babies' social engagement skills and reliably measure their risk of developing autism. (Filmed at TEDxPeachTree.)

John Hodgman: Design, explained.

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John Hodgman: Design, explained.

March 1, 2012


John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)