Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using tech to enable dreaming

INK Conference

Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using tech to enable dreaming

December 9, 2011


Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

Chris Bliss: Comedy is translation

TEDxRainier

Chris Bliss: Comedy is translation

December 20, 2011


Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

TEDGlobal 2011

Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

July 13, 2011


A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.

Lucianne Walkowicz: Look up for a change

TEDxPhoenix

Lucianne Walkowicz: Look up for a change

November 11, 2011


TED Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz asks: How often do you see the true beauty of the night sky? At TEDxPhoenix, she shows how light pollution is ruining the extraordinary -- and often ignored -- experience of seeing directly into space. (Filmed at TEDxPhoenix.)

Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil

TEDxVictoria

Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil

November 19, 2011


What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. (Filmed at TEDxVictoria.)

Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism

TEDxRC2

Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism

November 27, 2011


The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Simon Berrow: How do you save a shark you know nothing about?

TEDxDublin

Simon Berrow: How do you save a shark you know nothing about?

March 29, 2010


They're the second largest fish in the world, they're almost extinct, and we know almost nothing about them. In this talk, Simon Berrow describes the fascinating basking shark ("Great Fish of the Sun" in Irish), and the exceptional -- and wonderfully low-tech -- ways he's learning enough to save them. (Filmed at TEDxDublin.)

Lucien Engelen: Crowdsource your health

TEDxMaastricht

Lucien Engelen: Crowdsource your health

April 4, 2011


You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.

Inara George: "Family Tree"

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch

Inara George: "Family Tree"

November 6, 2010


Singer Inara George and guitarist Mike Andrews play the quietly lovely love song "Family Tree." (Filmed at TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch.)

Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage

TEDxAmericanRiviera

Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage

November 11, 2011


In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actress. (Filmed at TEDxAmericanRiviera.)

Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby

TEDWomen 2010

Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby

December 2, 2010


Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

TEDxToronto 2010

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

September 23, 2010


We have all changed someone’s life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

TEDxIslay

Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

April 23, 2011


Keith Nolan always wanted to join the United States military -- but he’s deaf, an automatic disqualification according to military rules. In this talk, he describes his fight to fight for his country. (In American Sign Language, with real time translation.) (Filmed at TEDxIslay.)

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

November 8, 2011


Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?

TEDxVancouver

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?

November 11, 2011


In a spellbinding talk, paleontologist Jack Horner tells the story of how iconoclastic thinking revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global

TEDWomen 2010

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global

December 2, 2010


Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other."

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons

TEDxCanberra

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons

September 24, 2011


Pepper spray and tasers are in increasing use by both police and military, and more exotic non-lethal weapons such as heat rays are in the works. In this talk, ethicist Stephen Coleman explores the unexpected consequences of their introduction and asks some challenging questions. (Filmed at TEDxCanberra.)

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

November 11, 2011


How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.

Aleph Molinari: Let's bridge the digital divide!

TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

Aleph Molinari: Let's bridge the digital divide!

August 6, 2011


Five billion people can’t use the Internet. Aleph Molinari empowers the digitally excluded by giving them access to computers and the know-how to use them. (Filmed at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende.)

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

TEDxEast

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

November 11, 2011


From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

TED1994

Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

February 20, 1994


From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

TEDxMidAtlantic

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

December 2, 2011


What if you're in surgery and the power goes out? No lights, no oxygen -- and your anesthesia stops flowing. It happens constantly in hospitals throughout the world, turning routine procedures into tragedies. Erica Frenkel demos one solution: the universal anesthesia machine.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

TEDxBloomington

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

May 11, 2011


We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

TEDMED 2011

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

October 25, 2011


Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

TEDxAmsterdam

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

November 25, 2011


Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. In this talk, he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace. (Filmed at TEDxAmsterdam.)

Mick Mountz: What happens inside those massive warehouses?

TEDxBoston 2011

Mick Mountz: What happens inside those massive warehouses?

June 28, 2011


We make millions of online purchases daily, but who (or what) actually puts our items into packages? In this talk, Mick Mountz weaves a fascinating, surprisingly robot-filled tale of what happens inside a warehouse.

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

TEDxEast

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

May 9, 2011


Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

TEDxWomen 2011

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

December 2, 2011


Women aren’t micro--so why do they only get micro-loans? Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms-- from home businesses to major factories-- are the overlooked key to economic development.

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

TEDxToronto 2011

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

September 23, 2011


Imagine playing a video game controlled by your mind. Now imagine that game also teaches you about your own patterns of stress, relaxation and focus. Ariel Garten shows how looking at our own brain activity gives new meaning to the ancient dictum "know thyself." (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

TEDxToronto 2010

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

November 11, 2011


Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)