Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

TED2012

Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

March 1, 2012


In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

TED2012

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

February 28, 2012


In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate

TED2012

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate

February 29, 2012


In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

TED2012

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

February 28, 2012


Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

TED2012

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

February 28, 2012


Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.

Daniel Pauly: The ocean's shifting baseline

Mission Blue Voyage

Daniel Pauly: The ocean's shifting baseline

April 10, 2010


The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new "normal." At what point do we stop readjusting downward?

Paul Snelgrove: A census of the ocean

TEDGlobal 2011

Paul Snelgrove: A census of the ocean

July 14, 2011


Oceanographer Paul Snelgrove shares the results of a ten-year project with one goal: to take a census of all the life in the oceans. He shares amazing photos of some of the surprising finds of the Census of Marine Life.

Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral

TEDYouth 2011

Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral

November 19, 2011


Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked

TEDxMidAtlantic

Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked

October 29, 2011


Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond

TEDxAsheville

Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond

November 13, 2011


Were you the favorite child, the wild child or the middle child? At TEDxAsheville, Jeffrey Kluger explores the profound life-long bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry. (Filmed at TEDxAsheville.)

Tan Le: My immigration story

TEDxWomen 2011

Tan Le: My immigration story

December 1, 2011


In 2010, technologist Tan Le took the TEDGlobal stage to demo a powerful new interface. But now, at TEDxWomen, she tells a very personal story: the story of her family -- mother, grandmother and sister -- fleeing Vietnam and building a new life. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

TEDSalon NY2011

Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

November 9, 2011


It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?

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.