Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

TEDGlobal 2012

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination


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


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

TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Nirmalya Kumar: India's invisible innovation


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


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

TED2012

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom


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


“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?

TEDxSummit

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


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

TEDxSummit

Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces


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

TED2012

Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla


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?


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


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!


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

TEDxGrandRapids

LZ Granderson: The myth of the gay agenda


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

TED2012

Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space


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

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film


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?


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

TED2012

John Hockenberry: We are all designers


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


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


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.

TED2012

John Hodgman: Design, explained.


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.)

Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater

TED2012

Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater


The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?

TED2012

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?


Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

Diane Kelly: What we didn't know about penis anatomy

TEDMED 2012

Diane Kelly: What we didn't know about penis anatomy


We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

TEDxSummit

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?


Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft

TEDxSussexUniversity

David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft


Bartenders needs to know your age, retailers need your PIN, but almost no one actually needs your name -- except for identity thieves. ID expert David Birch proposes a safer approach to personal identification -- a "fractured" approach -- that would almost never require your real name.

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready

TEDxSanJoseCA

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready


SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth. (Filmed at TEDxSanJoseCA.)

Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light

TED2012

Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light


Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you

TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you


What does your chair say about what you value? Designer Sebastian Deterding shows how our visions of morality and what the good life is are reflected in the design of objects around us. (Filmed at TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht.)

Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring

TEDxSummit

Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring


Pollster Dalia Mogahed shares surprising data on Egyptian people's attitudes and hopes before the Arab Spring -- with a special focus on the role of women in sparking change.

William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

TEDxSummit

William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes


How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.