Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

TEDxOilSpill

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.