Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

TED2010

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns


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

TED2010

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide


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


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 ...


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

TED2010

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy


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

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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?

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


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


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


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


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


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!

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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!

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Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!


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.

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

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Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food


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


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

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Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum


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


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


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


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


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

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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."

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives

TEDIndia 2009

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives


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.