Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo

TED2012

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo


TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

TEDxKrakow

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart


Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer -- he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors' medical knowledge to design a better repair job.

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

TEDxChange

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda


Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade. (Filmed at TEDxChange.)

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

TEDxPeachtree

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals


Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share. (Filmed at TEDxPeachtree.)

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

TED2012

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets


"Secrets can take many forms -- they can be shocking, or silly, or soulful." Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com, shares some of the half-million secrets that strangers have mailed him on postcards.

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

TED-Ed

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

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At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken-word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

TED2012

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?


TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect -- she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth

TEDxTC

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth


A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet. (Filmed at TEDxTC.)

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

TED2012

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table


Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

TED2012

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.


Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. This talk is from The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

TED2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?


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.

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

TEDxObserver

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate


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

TEDxPittsburgh

Daniel Schnitzer: Inventing is the easy part

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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.)

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

TED2012

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach


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.

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

TED2012

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone


"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

TED2012

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy


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

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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

TEDxNewy

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying


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

TED2012

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time


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

TED2012

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor


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

TEDxWomen 2011

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face


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

TED2012

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


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

TEDxPortofSpain

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

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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

TEDxCambridge

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

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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

TED2012

Brené Brown: Listening to shame


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

TED2012

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod


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