Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

TEDGlobal 2010

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

July 15, 2010


Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

TEDGlobal 2010

Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

July 15, 2010


Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

TEDGlobal 2010

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

July 15, 2010


After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

TEDIndia 2009

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

November 4, 2009


His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

TEDGlobal 2010

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

July 16, 2010


Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

TEDGlobal 2010

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

July 16, 2010


Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization

RSA Animate

Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization

August 19, 2010


In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.

Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing

TEDGlobal 2010

Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing

July 15, 2010


Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

TEDxOilSpill

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

June 28, 2010


In the Gulf oil spill's aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil -- by confronting consumers with its real cost. (Filmed at TEDxOilSpill.)

Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark

Mission Blue Voyage

Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark

April 12, 2010


Cartoonist Jim Toomey created the comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, a wry look at underwater life starring Sherman the talking shark. As he sketches some of his favorite sea creatures live onstage, Toomey shares his love of the ocean and the stories it can tell.

Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

TEDGlobal 2010

Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

July 14, 2010


Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

TEDGlobal 2010

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

July 9, 2010


David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world

TEDxBoston 2010

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world

July 29, 2010


By now, we're used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web -- building a "social layer" on top of the real world. In his talk, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?

TEDGlobal 2010

Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?

July 16, 2010


A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ..."

Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour

TEDGlobal 2010

Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour

July 15, 2010


Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs.

Peter Molyneux: Meet Milo, the virtual boy

TEDGlobal 2010

Peter Molyneux: Meet Milo, the virtual boy

July 9, 2010


Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.

Diane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

New York State Senate

Diane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

December 2, 2009


Hours before New York lawmakers rejected a key marriage equality bill (38-24), State Senator Diane J. Savino made the passionate case for a government that recognizes and administers same-sex marriages. Here's her fresh, thought-provoking perspective on one of the most contentious issues in US culture, religion and government.

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice

TEDGlobal 2010

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice

July 15, 2010


Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.

Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity

TEDGlobal 2010

Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity

July 9, 2010


Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.

Lewis Pugh: My mind-shifting Everest swim

TEDGlobal 2010

Lewis Pugh: My mind-shifting Everest swim

July 15, 2010


After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate change.

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

TEDGlobal 2010

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

July 16, 2010


Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

John Delaney: Wiring an interactive ocean

Mission Blue Voyage

John Delaney: Wiring an interactive ocean

April 14, 2010


Oceanographer John Delaney is leading the team that is building an underwater network of high-def cameras and sensors that will turn our ocean into a global interactive lab -- sparking an explosion of rich data about the world below.

Susan Shaw: The oil spill's toxic trade-off

TEDxOilSpill

Susan Shaw: The oil spill's toxic trade-off

June 28, 2010


Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that's grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it's sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea.

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

TEDGlobal 2010

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

July 15, 2010


Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

Princeton University

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

May 15, 2010


In this Princeton University graduation address, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the case that our character is reflected not in the gifts we're endowed with at birth, but by the choices we make over the course of a lifetime.

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement

TED2010

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement

February 11, 2010


Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.

Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

TEDGlobal 2010

Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

July 16, 2010


Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.

Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

TEDGlobal 2010

Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

July 15, 2010


Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). Preliminary results show that they have found 706 "candidates" -- some of which further research may prove to be planets with Earth-like geochemical characteristics.

Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

TEDGlobal 2010

Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

July 13, 2010


In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

TEDGlobal 2010

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

July 16, 2010


The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.