Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

TEDIndia 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

November 5, 2009


At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

TEDGlobal 2009

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

July 7, 2009


Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol"-style shows -- one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates -- and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

July 21, 2009


In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

July 24, 2009


In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

TED2009

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

February 21, 2009


At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

TEDGlobal 2009

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

July 25, 2009


We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

October 14, 2009


Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

October 1, 2009


It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

October 1, 2009


Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

Chautauqua Institution

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

October 1, 2009


Join Rev. James Forbes at the dinner table of his Southern childhood, where his mother and father taught him what compassion really means day to day -- sharing with those who need love.

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

October 1, 2009


Swami Dayananda Saraswati unravels the parallel paths of personal development and attaining true compassion. He walks us through each step of self-realization, from helpless infancy to the fearless act of caring for others.

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

October 1, 2009


While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

TEDGlobal 2009

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

July 23, 2009


The euphonium, with its sweet brass sound, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Cutting loose on the euph, prodigy Matthew White performs Nat McIntosh's hip-hop-inflected "The Warrior Comes Out to Play."

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

TEDGlobal 2009

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

July 24, 2009


The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Becky  Blanton: The year I was homeless

TEDGlobal 2009

Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

July 23, 2009


Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

July 24, 2009


Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.

David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation

TEDGlobal 2009

David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation

July 23, 2009


For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.

Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future

TEDGlobal 2009

Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future

July 23, 2009


As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.

Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe

TEDGlobal 2009

Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe

July 24, 2009


Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Marc Koska clues us in to this devastating global problem with facts, photos and hidden-camera footage. He shares his solution: a low-cost syringe that can't be used twice.

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

TEDGlobal 2009

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

July 24, 2009


An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.

Paul Debevec: Animating a photo-real digital face

TEDxUSC

Paul Debevec: Animating a photo-real digital face

March 23, 2009


Computer graphics trailblazer Paul Debevec explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes.

John Gerzema: The post-crisis consumer

TEDxKC

John Gerzema: The post-crisis consumer

August 20, 2009


John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. In this talk, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spending.

Julian Treasure: The 4 ways sound affects us

TEDGlobal 2009

Julian Treasure: The 4 ways sound affects us

July 21, 2009


Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.

Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer

TEDGlobal 2009

Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer

July 23, 2009


Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man

TEDGlobal 2009

Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man

July 23, 2009


Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.

David Hanson: Robots that "show emotion"

TED2009

David Hanson: Robots that "show emotion"

February 4, 2009


David Hanson's robot faces look and act like yours: They recognize and respond to emotion, and make expressions of their own. Here, an "emotional" live demo of the Einstein robot offers a peek at a future where robots truly mimic humans.

Eric Sanderson: New York -- before the City

TEDGlobal 2009

Eric Sanderson: New York -- before the City

July 22, 2009


400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.

Sam Martin: Claim your "manspace"

TEDGlobal 2009

Sam Martin: Claim your "manspace"

July 24, 2009


Author Sam Martin shares photos of a quirky world hobby that's trending with the XY set: "manspaces." (They're custom-built hangouts where a man can claim a bit of his own territory to work, relax, be himself.) Grab a cold one and enjoy.

Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see

TEDGlobal 2009

Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see

July 23, 2009


Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

TEDGlobal 2009

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

July 23, 2009


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.