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.)

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.)

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.

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.

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.

David MacKay: A reality check on renewables

TEDxWarwick

David MacKay: A reality check on renewables


How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)

Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human

TEDxBerkeley

Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human


The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robots.

Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes

TED2012

Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes


Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.

Shereen El-Feki: HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws

TEDxSummit

Shereen El-Feki: HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws


There is an epidemic of HIV, and with it an epidemic of bad laws -- laws that effectively criminalize being HIV positive. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki gives a forceful argument that these laws, based in stigma, are actually helping the disease spread.

Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

TED2012

Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire


Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

TEDxSummit

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies


Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?

TED2012

Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?


We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

TEDxMonterey

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

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An average teaspoon of ocean water contains five million bacteria and fifty million viruses – and yet we are just starting to discover how these "invisible engineers" control our ocean's chemistry. At TEDxMonterey, Melissa Garren sheds light on marine microbes that provide half the oxygen we breathe, maintain underwater ecosystems, and demonstrate surprising hunting skills. (Apologies for the small audio glitches in this video.) (Filmed at TEDxMonterey.)

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

TEDxAustin

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief


Michael McDaniel designed housing for disaster relief zones -- inexpensive, easy to transport, even beautiful – but found that no one was willing to build it. Persistent and obsessed, he decided to go it alone. At TEDxAustin, McDaniel show us his Exo Reaction Housing Solution and shares how he's dedicating his free time to working with suppliers and manufacturers to prepare for the next natural disaster. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)

JR: One year of turning the world inside out

TED2012

JR: One year of turning the world inside out


Street artist JR made a wish in 2011: Join me in a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face. Now, a year after his TED Prize wish, he shows how giant posters of human faces, pasted in public, are connecting communities, making change, and turning the world inside out. You can join in at insideoutproject.net