Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

TEDxMaastricht

Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

April 4, 2011


When Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online -- and found the medical treatment that saved his life. Now he calls on all patients to talk with one another, know their own health data, and make health care better one e-Patient at a time.

Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for a lost language

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Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for a lost language

March 2, 2011


Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": how to decipher the 4000-year-old Indus script. He's enlisting modern computation to try to read this lost language, the key to understanding this ancient civilization.

Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence

TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence

November 1, 2010


In this passionate talk that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico -- or rather, how Mexican society responds to it. He calls on ordinary citizens to move from denial and fear to peaceful, community-based action. (Delivered in Spanish with English subtitles.)

Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough

Full Spectrum Auditions

Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough

May 24, 2011


At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound

May 18, 2011


Artist-technologist Honor Harger listens to the weird and wonderful noises of stars and planets and pulsars. In her work, she tracks the radio waves emitted by ancient celestial objects and turns them into sound, including "the oldest song you will ever hear," the sound of cosmic rays left over from the Big Bang.

Jok Church: A circle of caring

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Jok Church: A circle of caring

March 3, 2007


In this 3-minute talk, cartoonist and educator Jok Church tells a moving story of the teacher who cared for him when no one else did -- and how he returned the favor.

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

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Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

March 3, 2011


Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.

Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock

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Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock

March 3, 2011


Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices

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Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices

March 2, 2011


Cellist Maya Beiser plays a gorgeous eight-part modern etude with seven copies of herself, and segues into a meditative music/video hybrid -- using tech to create endless possibilities for transformative sound. Music is Steve Reich's "Cello Counterpoint," with video from Bill Morrison, then David Lang's "World to Come," with video by Irit Batsry.

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz

Full Spectrum Auditions

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz

May 24, 2011


Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz" -- his music created with two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body. At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, after locking in his beats and loops, he plays a 3-minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.

Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice

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Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice

March 3, 2011


Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."

Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond

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Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond

January 8, 2011


Steve Keil fights the "serious meme" that has infected his home of Bulgaria -- and calls for a return to play to revitalize the economy, education and society. A sparkling talk with a universal message for people everywhere who are reinventing their workplaces, schools, lives. (Filmed at TEDxBG.)

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

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Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

March 3, 2011


How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.

Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

TEDxMaastricht

Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

April 4, 2011


Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside. (Filmed at TEDxMaastricht.)

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

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JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

March 3, 2011


Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death. Resources: http://t.co/wsNrY9C

Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?

TEDxNorthwesternU

Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?

December 15, 2010


Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate? (Filmed at TEDxNorthwesternU.)

Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?

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Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?

March 3, 2011


Back in 2009, Paul Romer unveiled the idea for a "charter city" -- a new kind of city with rules that favor democracy and trade. This year, at TED2011, he tells the story of how such a city might just happen in Honduras ... with a little help from his TEDTalk.

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

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Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

March 3, 2011


Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

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Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

March 4, 2011


Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".

Damon Horowitz: We need a "moral operating system"

TEDxSiliconValley

Damon Horowitz: We need a "moral operating system"

May 14, 2011


Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more -- and more about each other -- than ever before. Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy -- the ethical principles -- behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where's the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it? (Filmed at TEDxSiliconValley.)

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new

TEDActive 2011

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new

March 3, 2011


Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TEDActive but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object

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Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object

March 2, 2011


Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness

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Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness

June 11, 2010


Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy.

Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers

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Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers

March 4, 2011


Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.

Malcolm McLaren: Authentic creativity vs. karaoke culture

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Malcolm McLaren: Authentic creativity vs. karaoke culture

October 6, 2009


How does one find authentic creativity? In his last talk before passing away, Malcolm McLaren tells remarkable stories from his own life, from failing school to managing the Sex Pistols. He argues that we're living in a karaoke culture, with false promises of instant success, and that messiness and failure are the key to true learning.

Robert Gupta + Joshua Roman: On violon and cello, "Passacaglia"

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Robert Gupta + Joshua Roman: On violon and cello, "Passacaglia"

March 2, 2011


It's a master class in collaboration as violinist Robert Gupta and cellist Joshua Roman perform Halvorsen's "Passacaglia" for violin and viola. Roman takes the viola part on his Stradivarius cello. It's powerful to watch the two musicians connect moment to moment (and recover from a mid-performance hiccup). The two are both TED Fellows, and their deep connection powers this sparkling duet.

Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

TEDxWarwick

Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

March 3, 2011


Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs?

Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

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Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

December 4, 2010


Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women.

Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good

TED2011

Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good

March 3, 2011


Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world -- and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.

Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves ... with crowd-sourced data

TED2011

Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves ... with crowd-sourced data

March 2, 2011


Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.