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

TED2010

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

TED2010

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.

Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum

TED in the Field

Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum

May 5, 2009


TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature's forces -- and the onset of Parkinson's tremors -- interact in his life and craft.

David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer

TEDMED 2009

David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer

October 10, 2009


Too often, says David Agus cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests a new, cross-disciplinary approach, using atypical drugs, computer modeling and protein analysis to diagnose and treat the whole body.

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

TEDxBoston 2009

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

July 28, 2009


Traditional lab tests for disease diagnosis can be too expensive and cumbersome for the regions most in need. George Whitesides' ingenious answer is a foolproof tool that can be manufactured at virtually zero cost.

Jamie Heywood: The big idea my brother inspired

TEDMED 2009

Jamie Heywood: The big idea my brother inspired

October 10, 2009


When Jamie Heywood's brother was diagnosed with ALS, he devoted his life to fighting the disease as well. The Heywood brothers built an ingenious website where people share and track data on their illnesses -- and they discovered that the collective data had enormous power to comfort, explain and predict.

Sendhil Mullainathan: Solving social problems with a nudge

TEDIndia 2009

Sendhil Mullainathan: Solving social problems with a nudge

November 4, 2009


MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems -- those we know how to solve, but don't. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology ... yet somehow, we don't or can't. Why?

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

Harvard University

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

June 5, 2008


At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

TEDIndia 2009

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

November 6, 2009


"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives

TEDIndia 2009

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives

November 5, 2009


In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. TED Fellow Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm -- a design that's safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl

TEDIndia 2009

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl

November 6, 2009


In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself

TEDxSMU

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself

October 10, 2009


Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. In his talk, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button. (Filmed at TEDxSMU.)

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

TEDMED 2009

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

October 25, 2009


Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geo-medicine."

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

Bowery Poetry Club

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

November 12, 2005


Ever heard the phrase "Those who can't do, teach"? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

Royal Institution

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

December 20, 1991


At the Royal Institution in 1991, Richard Dawkins asks us to look at our universe with new eyes. Packed with big questions and illuminating visuals, this memorable journey through the history of life magnifies the splendor of evolution and our place in it.

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

TEDIndia 2009

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

November 6, 2009


Percussionist Sivamani delivers one of TED's liveliest and most inventive performances yet. He uses traditional Western and Eastern instruments to create a rhythmic tour de force, along with a tub of water, corrugated metal, spoons, luggage, our stage props and even a little audience participation.

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs

TEDMED 2009

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs

October 21, 2009


Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs -- from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.