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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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"

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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.

David Logan: Tribal leadership

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David Logan: Tribal leadership

March 23, 2009


David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

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Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

July 22, 2009


Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

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Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

July 23, 2009


Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

Garik Israelian: How spectroscopy could reveal alien life

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Garik Israelian: How spectroscopy could reveal alien life

July 23, 2009


Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it's made of and how it might behave. It's a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may be coming close to finding a planet friendly to life.

Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule

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Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule

July 24, 2009


Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.

Tim Brown: Designers -- think big!

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Tim Brown: Designers -- think big!

July 22, 2009


Tim Brown says the design profession has a bigger role to play than just creating nifty, fashionable little objects. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking" -- starting with the example of 19th-century design thinker Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Parag Khanna: Mapping the future of countries

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Parag Khanna: Mapping the future of countries

July 23, 2009


Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.

Jacqueline Novogratz: A third way to think about aid

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Jacqueline Novogratz: A third way to think about aid

June 3, 2009


The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.

Taryn Simon: Photographs of secret sites

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Taryn Simon: Photographs of secret sites

July 23, 2009


Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography -- to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

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William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

July 23, 2009


At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships

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Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships

July 23, 2009


TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.

Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness

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Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness

July 22, 2009


Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.

Imogen Heap: "Wait It Out"

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Imogen Heap: "Wait It Out"

July 22, 2009


Imogen Heap plays a powerful stripped-down version of "Wait It Out," from her new record, Ellipse.

Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds

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Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds

February 5, 2009


Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome -- when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

John Lloyd: An inventory of the invisible

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John Lloyd: An inventory of the invisible

July 23, 2009


Nature's mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen.