Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

TEDGlobal 2011

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

July 12, 2011


Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

TEDGlobal 2011

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

July 13, 2011


Political prisoners aren't the only ones being tortured -- the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in 'functioning' legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

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Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

November 9, 2011


We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

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Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

March 4, 2011


Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets personal.

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

TEDxOrangeCoast

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

May 19, 2011


When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles. (Filmed at TEDxOrangeCoast.)

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

TEDxManhattan

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

May 23, 2011


Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

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Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

June 11, 2011


Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.)

Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

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Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

May 24, 2011


iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.

Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

TEDGlobal 2011

Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

July 13, 2011


Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully -- and even dance.

Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

TEDxBoulder 2011

Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

September 5, 2011


What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid -- and there are lots of them out there. With humor and great visuals, Phil Plait enthralls the TEDxBoulder audience with all the ways asteroids can kill, and what we must do to avoid them. (Filmed at TEDxBoulder.)

Natalie Warne: Being young and making an impact

TEDxTeen

Natalie Warne: Being young and making an impact

April 2, 2011


At 18, Natalie Warne’s work with the Invisible Children movement made her a hero for young activists. She uses her inspiring story to remind us that no one is too young to change the world. (Filmed at TEDxTeen.)

Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter

TEDxKids@Brussels

Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter

June 1, 2011


Can playing video games make you more productive? Gabe Zichermann shows how games are making kids better problem-solvers, and will make us better at everything from driving to multi-tasking. (Filmed at TEDxKids@Brussels.)

Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?

TEDGlobal 2011

Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?

July 13, 2011


Does science ruin the magic of life? In this grumpy but charming monologue, Robin Ince makes the argument against. The more we learn about the astonishing behavior of the universe -- the more we stand in awe.

Cynthia Kenyon: Experiments that hint of longer lives

TEDGlobal 2011

Cynthia Kenyon: Experiments that hint of longer lives

July 13, 2011


What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a simple genetic mutation that can double the lifespan of a simple worm, C. elegans. The lessons from that discovery, and others, are pointing to how we might one day significantly extend youthful human life.

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

TEDxManhattanBeach

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

October 22, 2011


Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

Yves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman

TEDGlobal 2011

Yves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman

July 13, 2011


Strapped to a jet-powered wing, Yves Rossy is the Jetman -- flying free, his body as the rudder, above the Swiss Alps and the Grand Canyon. After a powerful short film shows how it works, Rossy takes the TEDGlobal stage to share the experience and thrill of flying.

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

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Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

December 2, 2010


Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.)

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

TEDxBloomington

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

May 11, 2011


Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, "ghostbusters" running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. In his talk, he shows how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

Roger McNamee: 6 ways to save the internet

TEDxSantaCruz

Roger McNamee: 6 ways to save the internet

March 2, 2011


The next big shift is now, and it’s not what you think: Facebook is the new Windows; Google must be sacrificed. Tech investor Roger McNamee presents 6 bold ways to prepare for the next internet. (Filmed at TEDxSantaCruz.)

Allan Jones: A map of the brain

TEDGlobal 2011

Allan Jones: A map of the brain

July 13, 2011


How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.

Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D

TEDGlobal 2011

Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D

July 14, 2011


Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations -- but they're under threat from pollution, war, neglect. Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, is using his invention to scan and preserve the world's heritage in archival detail. (Watch to the end for a little demo.)

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

TEDGlobal 2011

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

July 14, 2011


Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations -- a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen -- that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.

Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life

May 18, 2011


In his lab, Martin Hanczyc makes "protocells," experimental blobs of chemicals that behave like living cells. His work demonstrates how life might have first occurred on Earth ... and perhaps elsewhere too.

Sandra Fisher-Martins: The right to understand

TEDxO'Porto

Sandra Fisher-Martins: The right to understand

March 21, 2011


Medical, legal, and financial documents should be easy to read, but too often they aren’t. With spot-on (and funny) examples, Sandra Fisher Martins shows how overly complex language separates us from the information we need -- and three steps to change that. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxO'Porto.)

Marco Tempest: Augmented reality, techno-magic

TEDGlobal 2011

Marco Tempest: Augmented reality, techno-magic

July 13, 2011


Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.

Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

TEDGlobal 2011

Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

July 13, 2011


Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

Anna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive

TEDGlobal 2011

Anna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive

July 15, 2011


A flying car -- it's an iconic image of the future. But after 100 years of flight and automotive engineering, no one has really cracked the problem. Pilot Anna Mracek Dietrich and her team flipped the question, asking: Why not build a plane that you can drive?

Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

TEDGlobal 2011

Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

July 13, 2011


What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.

Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am!

TEDGlobal 2011

Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am!

July 14, 2011


After he ended up on a watch list by accident, Hasan Elahi was advised by his local FBI agents to let them know when he was traveling. He did that and more ... much more.

Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper

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Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper

March 1, 2011


With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.