Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

TEDMED 2011

Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

October 28, 2011


In the 1970s, Diana Nyad set long-distance swim records that are still unbroken. Thirty years later, at 60, she attempted her longest swim yet, from Cuba to Florida. In this funny, powerful talk at TEDMED, she talks about how to prepare mentally to achieve an extreme dream, and asks: What will YOU do with your wild, precious life?

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

November 10, 2011


2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

TEDxYouth@Manchester

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

November 3, 2011


What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? In this talk, Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer. (Filmed at TEDxYouth@Manchester.)

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet

TEDxNASA@SiliconValley

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet

August 17, 2011


Algae plus salt water equals … fuel? At TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, Bilal Bomani reveals a self-sustaining ecosystem that produces biofuels -- without wasting arable land or fresh water.

Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

TEDxMIA

Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

September 13, 2011


Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of repetition, using a mathematical concept known as the Costas Array. In this talk, he shares the math behind musical beauty (and its opposite). (Filmed at TEDxMIA.)

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

TEDSalon NY2011

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

November 9, 2011


We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

TEDSalon NY2012

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

January 17, 2012


What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

TEDxBrussels

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

November 17, 2011


Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good." (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

TEDGlobal 2011

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

July 13, 2011


What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

TEDGlobal 2011

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

July 14, 2011


After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.

Charles Hazlewood + British Paraorchestra: The debut of the British Paraorchestra

TEDxBrussels

Charles Hazlewood + British Paraorchestra: The debut of the British Paraorchestra

November 22, 2011


There are millions of prodigiously gifted musicians of disability around the world, and Charles Hazlewood is determined to give them a platform. Watch the debut performance of the British Paraorchestra. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

Kirk Sorensen: Thorium, an alternative nuclear fuel

TEDxYYC

Kirk Sorensen: Thorium, an alternative nuclear fuel

April 1, 2011


Kirk Sorensen shows us the liquid fuel thorium reactor -- a way to produce energy that is safer, cleaner and more efficient than current nuclear power. (Filmed at TEDxYYC.)

Morley: "Women of Hope"

TEDxWomen 2011

Morley: "Women of Hope"

December 1, 2011


Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

TEDxSydney

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

May 28, 2011


We have no ways to directly observe molecules and what they do -- Drew Berry wants to change that. In this talk, he shows his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

TEDxRC2

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

November 11, 2011


In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when values diverge, in an attempt to build greater security for all. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action

TEDxWomen 2011

Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action

December 8, 2011


In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects -- and their route to a passion for science. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories

November 9, 2009


Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

TEDxBoston 2011

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

June 28, 2011


How do you measure a nebula? With a brain scan. In this talk, TED Fellow Michelle Borkin shows why collaboration between doctors and astronomers can lead to surprising discoveries. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

TEDxTC

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

October 13, 2010


We don’t just need better laws -- we need better culture. In this talk, Nate Garvis asks what we can do to create an environment in which powerful institutions are used for the common good. (Filmed at TEDxTC.)

Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

TEDxZurich 2011

Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

November 10, 2011


Sebastian Wernicke thinks every TEDTalk can be summarized in six words. In this talk, he shows how to do just that -- and less. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

TEDxBrussels

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

December 28, 2011


Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

TEDxWomen 2011

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

December 7, 2011


Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. In this talk, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

October 28, 2011


For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

November 27, 2011


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

TEDSalon NY2011

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

November 9, 2011


Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

TEDMED 2011

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

October 12, 2011


At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

March 2, 2011


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

TEDxCanberra

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

September 24, 2011


Can we incentivize companies to produce much-needed drugs? Thomas Pogge proposes a $6 billion plan to revolutionize the way medications are developed and sold. (Filmed at TEDxCanberra.)

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

TEDxDirigo

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

September 10, 2011


A vegetable garden can do more than save you money -- it can save the world. In this talk, Roger Doiron shows how gardens can re-localize our food and feed our growing population.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

May 13, 2011


When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)