Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

TED2010

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

February 12, 2010


Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

University of California

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

May 16, 2001


Blind river dolphins, reclusive lemurs, a parrot as fearless as it is lovelorn ... Douglas Adams' close encounters with these rare and unusual animals reveal that evolution, ever ingenious, can be fickle too -- in a University of California talk that sparkles with his trademark satiric wit.

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

TEDMED 2009

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

November 11, 2009


At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it's imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.

Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

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Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

February 2, 2010


Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

Web 2.0 Expo 2008

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

September 19, 2008


At the Web 2.0 Expo, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there's now no excuse not to do what makes you happy.

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

TEDMED 2009

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

October 10, 2009


Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

TEDMED 2009

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

October 10, 2009


The second deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest climbs happened in 1996 -- and Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain that day. He shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle to save lives in extreme conditions, and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

February 10, 2010


Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

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Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

February 2, 2010


Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield."

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

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Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

February 10, 2010


At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.

Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

Arbejdsglaede Live

Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

May 5, 2009


Srikumar Rao says we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, even as we strive for happiness. At Arbejdsglaede Live! 2009, he teaches us how to break free of the "I'd be happy if ..." mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness.

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

TED2010

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

February 2, 2010


The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chu’s upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

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James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

February 12, 2010


James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

BBC TV

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

July 8, 1983


In this archival footage from BBC TV, celebrated physicist Richard Feynman explains what fire, magnets, rubber bands (and more) are like at the scale of the jiggling atoms they're made of. This accessible, enchanting conversation in physics reveals a teeming nano-world that's just plain fun to imagine.

Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

TED2010

Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

February 2, 2010


Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing.

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

TEDIndia 2009

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

November 11, 2009


The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

TED2010

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

February 10, 2010


Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

TED2010

Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

February 12, 2010


With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist -- from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.

Pawan Sinha: How brains learn to see

TEDIndia 2009

Pawan Sinha: How brains learn to see

November 5, 2009


Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism.

Bobby McFerrin: Watch me play ... the audience!

World Science Festival

Bobby McFerrin: Watch me play ... the audience!

June 10, 2009


In this fun, 3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired.

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

February 10, 2010


Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine

TEDMED 2009

Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine

October 10, 2009


Eric Topol says we'll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine's future -- all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds.

Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

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Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

February 13, 2010


The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law.

Kevin Kelly: Technology's epic story

TEDxAmsterdam

Kevin Kelly: Technology's epic story

November 20, 2009


In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

TEDMED 2009

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

October 10, 2009


The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.

David Cameron: The next age of government

TED2010

David Cameron: The next age of government

February 10, 2010


The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.

Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!

TED2010

Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!

February 12, 2010


At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas: Augmented-reality maps

TED2010

Blaise Agüera y Arcas: Augmented-reality maps

February 11, 2010


In a demo that drew gasps at TED2010, Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

TED2010

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

February 20, 2010


Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia -- and a shocking image of the sugar we eat -- TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

TEDxBerlin

Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

November 30, 2009


Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.