Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

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Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

February 29, 2012


As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Tierney Thys +  Plankton Chronicles Project: The secret life of plankton

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Tierney Thys + Plankton Chronicles Project: The secret life of plankton

April 2, 2012


New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Explore this hidden world that underpins our own food chain -- in the first-ever TEDTalk given by a fish ...

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

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Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

March 11, 2012


The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws. At TEDxObserver, Rick Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of Europe’s tech-driven political party, which so far has won 17 seats across national parliaments in Europe. (Filmed at TEDxObserver.)

Daniel Schnitzer: Inventing is the easy part

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Daniel Schnitzer: Inventing is the easy part

November 19, 2011


Daniel Schnitzer knew that small-scale solar products (like solar-powered LED lightbulbs) could transform the lives of rural Haitians, but found that despite their value, they wouldn't simply sell themselves. At TEDxPittsburgh, he explains how health and energy solutions for the developing world are useless unless the market works too. (Filmed at TEDxPittsburgh.)

Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

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Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

March 1, 2012


Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity -- all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

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Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

February 27, 2012


Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

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Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

March 2, 2012


Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell -- of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

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Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

March 1, 2012


"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson)

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

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Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

March 1, 2012


What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

TEDxVancouver

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

November 12, 2011


Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context. At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles across the internet. (Filmed at TEDxVancouver.)

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

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Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

November 12, 2011


We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question against the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can you help start this tough conversation.

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

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Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

February 28, 2012


Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

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Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

March 1, 2012


Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

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Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

December 1, 2011


Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed). (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

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T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

March 1, 2012


The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

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Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

November 11, 2011


Architecture can bring people together, or divide them -- witness the skyscraper, costly, inefficient, and only serving small portions of the community. At TEDxPortofSpain, Mark Raymond encourages city governments to let go of their old notions of success and consider the balance of environment, economy, and society to design cities for social change. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

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Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

November 19, 2011


Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal -- from macho to fabulous. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

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Brené Brown: Listening to shame

March 2, 2012


Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

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Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

March 1, 2012


Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

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Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

February 29, 2012


Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.

Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

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Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

November 2, 2011


Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849. Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

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David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

March 12, 2012


In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean -- from the deepest trenches to the remains of Titanic -- marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life. Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

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Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

March 12, 2012


In a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his obsession with questions that no one (yet) knows the answers to. A short intro leads into two questions: Why can't we see evidence of alien life? on.ted.com/AlienLife and How many universes are there? on.ted.com/HowMany ... Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

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Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

November 17, 2011


By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses -- and how legs can respond. This talk comes from the TED-Ed project.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

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Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

November 12, 2011


In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

Kelli Anderson: Design to challenge reality

TEDxPhoenix

Kelli Anderson: Design to challenge reality

November 11, 2011


Kelli Anderson shatters our expectations about reality by injecting humor and surprise into everyday objects. At TEDxPhoenix she shares her disruptive and clever designs. (Filmed at TEDxPhoenix.)

Improv Everywhere: A TED speaker's worst nightmare

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Improv Everywhere: A TED speaker's worst nightmare

March 1, 2012


Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then...

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

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Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

February 29, 2012


Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.

James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

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James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

February 29, 2012


Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

February 28, 2012


Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ... (Note: this talk is not available for download.)