Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

TEDWomen 2010

Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

December 12, 2010


Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

INK Conference

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

December 9, 2010


At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves -- while learning basic principles of science and design.

Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book

TED2011

Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book

March 2, 2011


Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is "Our Choice," Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth."

Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries

TEDxCaltech

Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries

January 14, 2011


Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. In her talk, she shows us how it's done.

Bruce Schneier: The security mirage

TEDxPSU

Bruce Schneier: The security mirage

October 10, 2010


The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. In his talk, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks -- and how we can break this pattern.

Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

TED2011

Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

March 2, 2011


Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

TED2011

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

March 4, 2011


Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Anil Ananthaswamy: What it takes to do extreme astrophysics

INK Conference

Anil Ananthaswamy: What it takes to do extreme astrophysics

December 8, 2010


All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.

John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

TED2011

John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

March 4, 2011


John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

TED2011

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

March 4, 2011


Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy

TEDxPSU

Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy

October 10, 2010


By leading the Americans in his audience step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another? (Filmed at TEDxPSU.)

Susan Lim: Transplant cells, not organs

INK Conference

Susan Lim: Transplant cells, not organs

December 7, 2010


Pioneering surgeon Susan Lim performed the first liver transplant in Asia. But a moral concern with transplants (where do donor livers come from ...) led her to look further, and to ask: Could we be transplanting cells, not whole organs? At the INK Conference, she talks through her new research, discovering healing cells in some surprising places.

Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

TED2011

Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

March 1, 2011


Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

TED2011

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

March 4, 2011


When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story.

Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger

TEDxParis 2010

Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger

January 30, 2010


Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)

Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

TEDxToronto 2010

Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

October 10, 2010


Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TED2011

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

March 4, 2011


Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Jackson Browne: A song inspired by the ocean

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch

Jackson Browne: A song inspired by the ocean

November 4, 2010


Jackson Browne plays a song he started writing last April aboard Mission Blue Voyage, the Sylvia Earle-inspired trip to brainstorm ways to save the ocean. "If I could be anywhere," he sings, "anywhere right now, I would be here." (Filmed at TEDxGPGP.)

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

TEDWomen 2010

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

December 3, 2010


Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist

TEDActive 2011

Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist

March 3, 2011


The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist -- and gives others in his circumstance -- the means to make art again.

Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold

TED2011

Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold

March 2, 2011


With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. (And yes, onstage naming rights for this talk were sponsored too. By whom and for how much? He'll tell you.)

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

TEDPrize@UN

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

November 18, 2010


Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects.

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead

TED2011

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead

March 4, 2011


Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits

TED2011

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits

March 2, 2011


In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties -- by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into circuit designers.

Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong

TED2011

Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong

March 1, 2011


In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premiered a few weeks later (yes, on YouTube!).

Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car

TED2011

Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car

March 2, 2011


Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

Handspring Puppet Co.: The genius puppetry behind War Horse

TED2011

Handspring Puppet Co.: The genius puppetry behind War Horse

March 1, 2011


"Puppets always have to try to be alive," says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena's subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage.

Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon

TED2011

Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon

March 3, 2011


When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle. Beyond its sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose. Ralph Langner and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target. In a fascinating look inside cyber-forensics, he explains how -- and makes a bold (and, it turns out, correct) guess at its shocking origins.

Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!

TEDxDubai

Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!

December 4, 2010


In her talk, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas. (Filmed at TEDxDubai.)

Claron McFadden: Singing the primal mystery

TEDxAmsterdam

Claron McFadden: Singing the primal mystery

November 11, 2010


"The human voice: mysterious, spontaneous, primal." With these words, soprano Claron McFadden invites us to explore the mysteries of breathing and singing, as she performs the challenging "Aria," by John Cage. (Filmed at TEDxAmsterdam.)