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.

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

TEDGlobal 2010

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

July 14, 2010


Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

TEDGlobal 2010

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

July 14, 2010


Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know.

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

TEDGlobal 2010

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

July 13, 2010


At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims

TEDxOilSpill

Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims

June 28, 2010


The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse. (Filmed at TEDxOilSpill.)

Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

TED@Cannes

Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

June 21, 2010


The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see).

Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison

TED2010

Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison

February 11, 2010


Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results.

Ellen  Gustafson: Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue

TEDxEast

Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue

May 7, 2010


Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. In her talk, she launches The 30 Project -- a way to change how we farm and eat in the next 30 years, and solve the global food inequalities behind both epidemics.

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

TED2010

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

February 12, 2010


At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.

Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!

TED2010

Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!

February 12, 2010


TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and -- wait for it -- meat.

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe

TED2010

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe

February 11, 2010


For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world.

Stephen Palumbi: The hidden toxins in the fish we eat -- and how to stop them

Mission Blue Voyage

Stephen Palumbi: The hidden toxins in the fish we eat -- and how to stop them

April 10, 2010


There's a tight link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

TEDxAtlanta

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

January 26, 2010


Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands. (Filmed at TEDxAtlanta.)

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

TED@Cannes

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

June 22, 2010


Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we're building a better, more cooperative world.

Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups

TED2010

Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups

February 12, 2010


Lego blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.

Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders

TEDIndia 2009

Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders

November 11, 2009


Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass suggests we should be looking directly at brains. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives.