Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine

TEDWomen 2010

Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine

December 4, 2010


What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

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Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

March 3, 2011


"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."

Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness

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Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness

October 10, 2010


Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world -- by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. (Filmed at TEDxAmsterdam.)

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

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Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

March 2, 2011


Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.

Janna Levin: The sound the universe makes

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Janna Levin: The sound the universe makes

March 1, 2011


We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack -- a sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space. (Black holes, for instance, bang on spacetime like a drum.) An accessible and mind-expanding soundwalk through the universe.

David Brooks: The social animal

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David Brooks: The social animal

March 1, 2011


Columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.

Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing

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Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing

November 4, 2010


With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the intriguing century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Deb Roy: The birth of a word

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Deb Roy: The birth of a word

March 4, 2011


MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

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Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

March 3, 2011


As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education

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Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education

March 2, 2011


Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Courtney Martin: This isn't her mother's feminism

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Courtney Martin: This isn't her mother's feminism

December 10, 2010


Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

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Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

March 3, 2011


Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala's young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools

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Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools

March 3, 2011


America's school systems are funded by the 50 states. In this fiery talk, Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise the true cost of health care and pensions and weighted with worsening deficits -- with the financing of education at the losing end.

Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution

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Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution

March 4, 2011


Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."

JR: My wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

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JR: My wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

March 2, 2011


JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at insideoutproject.net.

Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

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Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

March 2, 2011


As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond -- at this powerful moment when people realized they could step out of their houses and ask for change.

Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

TEDWomen 2010

Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

December 8, 2010


The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Danny Hillis: Understanding cancer through proteomics

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Danny Hillis: Understanding cancer through proteomics

October 26, 2010


Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body -- while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what's going on in your body at the protein level may lead to a new understanding of how cancer happens.

Elizabeth Lindsey: Curating humanity's heritage

TEDWomen 2010

Elizabeth Lindsey: Curating humanity's heritage

December 8, 2010


It's been said that when an elder dies, it's as if a library is burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore.

Iain Hutchison: Saving faces: A facial surgeon's craft

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Iain Hutchison: Saving faces: A facial surgeon's craft

July 14, 2010


Maxillofacial surgeon Iain Hutchison works with people whose faces have been severely disfigured. By pushing to improve surgical techniques, he helps to improve their lives; and by commissioning their portraits, he celebrates their humanity. NOTE: This talk contains images of disfigured and badly injured faces that may be disturbing -- and Hutchison provides thoughtful answers as to why a disfigured face can shock us so deeply. Squeamish? Hide your screen from 12:10 - 13:19, but do keep listening. Portraits shown in this talk come from Mark Gilbert.

Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

TEDSalon London 2010

Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

November 4, 2010


We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

TEDWomen 2010

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

December 8, 2010


Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q&A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"

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Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"

January 8, 2011


Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

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Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

December 8, 2010


We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

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Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

October 12, 2010


Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion

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Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion

November 18, 2010


The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.

Geert Chatrou: A whistleblower you haven't heard

TEDxRotterdam 2010

Geert Chatrou: A whistleblower you haven't heard

June 4, 2010


In this engaging talk, world champion whistler Geert Chatrou performs the whimsical "Eleonora" by A. Honhoff, and his own "Fête de la Belle." In a fascinating interlude, he talks about what brought him to the craft. (Filmed at TEDxRotterdam .)

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

TEDSalon London 2010

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

November 10, 2010


How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed: Mother and daughter doctor-heroes

TEDWomen 2010

Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed: Mother and daughter doctor-heroes

December 8, 2010


They've been called the "saints of Somalia." Doctor Hawa Abdi and her daughter Deqo Mohamed discuss their medical clinic in Somalia, where -- in the face of civil war and open oppression of women -- they've built a hospital, a school and a community of peace.

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots

TEDWomen 2010

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots

December 8, 2010


As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn -- and play. Watch for amazing demo footage of a new interactive game for kids.