Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

TED2012

Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain


There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

TED2012

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence


Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

TED2012

Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history


What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.

Tali Sharot: The optimism bias

TED2012

Tali Sharot: The optimism bias


Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

TEDxSMU

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

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The revolution that made music more marketable, more personal and easier to pirate began ... at the dawn of the nineteenth-century. At TEDxSMU, José Bowen outlines how new printing technology and an improved piano gave rise to the first music industry and influenced a generation of composers. (Filmed at TEDxSMU.)

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

TED2012

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found


Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

TED2012

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do


There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature

TED2012

Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature


At TED2012, filmmaker Karen Bass shares some of the astonishing nature footage she's shot for the BBC and National Geographic -- including brand-new, previously unseen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, who feeds in a rather unusual way …

JP Rangaswami: Information is food

TED@SXSWi

JP Rangaswami: Information is food


How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.

Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

TEDxPhoenix

Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

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Rick Guidotti is a fashion photographer with a passion project: finding and sharing the unmistakable beauty of kids with albinism and other conditions that affect their physical appearance -- and the way society treats them. At TEDxPhoenix, he shares some of their stories and the empowering effects of a little glamour as he redefines their beauty in a flash. (Filmed at TEDxPhoenix.)

Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

TEDxTeen

Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out


Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models -- so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

TED2012

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers


As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

TED2012

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time


Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and nature.

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

TEDSalon NY2012

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy


In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.

Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding

TEDxPhoenix

Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding


It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Romero's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. She describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.

Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives

TED2012

Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives


When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

TED2012

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities


Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio -- and all cities -- into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter."

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

TED-Ed

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

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Just how small are atoms? Really, really, really small. This fast-paced animation from TED-Ed uses metaphors (imagine a blueberry the size of a football stadium!) to give a visceral sense of just how small atoms are. Lesson by Jon Bergmann, animation by Cognitive Media.

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

TEDxCambridge

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness


At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?

TED2012

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?


Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

TED2012

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque


Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

TEDxWomen 2011

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier


In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines


Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces.

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll

TED2012

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll


Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

TED2012

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?


Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.