Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices

TED2011

Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices


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


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

TED2011

Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice


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

TEDxBG

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


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

TED2011

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists


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.

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

TEDActive 2011

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors


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?


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?

TED2011

Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?


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

TED2011

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously


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

TED2011

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken


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"


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


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

TED2011

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


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


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

TED2011

Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers


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

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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"

TED2011

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


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


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


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


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


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.

Improv Everywhere: Gotta share!

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Improv Everywhere: Gotta share!

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At the onstage introduction of Twirlr, a new social-sharing platform, someone forgets to silence their cell phone. And then ... this happens. (Song by Scott Brown and Anthony King; edit by Nathan Russell.)

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

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Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes


Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)

Edith Widder: The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence

TED2011

Edith Widder: The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence


In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life.

Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain

TED2011

Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain


We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain, and reviews the facts we're just learning about how it works and how to treat it.

Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral

TED2011

Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral


A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons

TED2011

Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons


Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he's managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics. Session host Juan Enriquez leads a brief post-talk Q&A.

Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman

TEDxCaltech

Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman


What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

TED2011

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web


Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that.