Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds

TEDGlobal 2009

Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds

July 22, 2009


Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole

TEDGlobal 2009

Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole

September 9, 2009


Lewis Pugh talks about his record-breaking swim across the North Pole. He braved the icy waters (in a Speedo) to highlight the melting icecap. Watch for astonishing footage -- and some blunt commentary on the realities of supercold-water swims.

James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

TEDGlobal 2009

James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

July 23, 2009


Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.

Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space

TEDGlobal 2009

Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space

July 22, 2009


At his day job, Steve Truglia flips cars, walks through fire and falls out of buildings -- pushing technology to make stunts bigger, safer, more awesome. He talks us through his next stunt: the highest jump ever attempted, from the very edge of space.

Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics

TEDGlobal 2009

Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics

July 23, 2009


Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible. Useful for analyzing complex sounds (like dolphin calls), it also makes complex and beautiful designs.

Geoff Mulgan: Post-crash, investing in a better world

TEDGlobal 2009

Geoff Mulgan: Post-crash, investing in a better world

July 24, 2009


As we reboot the world's economy, Geoff Mulgan poses a question: Instead of sending bailout money to doomed old industries, why not use stimulus funds to bootstrap some new, socially responsible companies -- and make the world a little bit better?

Joshua Silver: Adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses

TEDGlobal 2009

Joshua Silver: Adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses

July 23, 2009


Josh Silver delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible -- adjustable, liquid-filled lenses. At TEDGlobal 2009, he demos his affordable eyeglasses and reveals his global plan to distribute them to a billion people in need by 2020.

Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

TEDGlobal 2009

Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

July 23, 2009


The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring.

Natasha Tsakos: A multimedia theatrical adventure

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Natasha Tsakos: A multimedia theatrical adventure

February 6, 2009


Natasha Tsakos presents part of her one-woman, multimedia show, "Upwake." As the character Zero, she blends dream and reality with an inventive virtual world projected around her in 3D animation and electric sound.

Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

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Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

June 4, 2009


Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.

Eric Giler: A demo of wireless electricity

TEDGlobal 2009

Eric Giler: A demo of wireless electricity

July 23, 2009


Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

TEDGlobal 2009

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

July 24, 2009


Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child

TEDGlobal 2009

Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child

July 23, 2009


For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he's become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

TEDGlobal 2009

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

July 22, 2009


Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

Michael Pritchard: How to make filthy water drinkable

TEDGlobal 2009

Michael Pritchard: How to make filthy water drinkable

July 22, 2009


Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.

Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture

TEDGlobal 2009

Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture

July 21, 2009


Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.

Paul Romer: Why the world needs charter cities

TEDGlobal 2009

Paul Romer: Why the world needs charter cities

July 22, 2009


How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)

Elaine Morgan: I believe we evolved from aquatic apes

TEDGlobal 2009

Elaine Morgan: I believe we evolved from aquatic apes

July 22, 2009


Elaine Morgan was a tenacious proponent of a theory that is not widely accepted. The aquatic ape hypothesis lays out the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why science doesn't take it seriously.

Golan Levin: Art that looks back at you

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Golan Levin: Art that looks back at you

February 20, 2009


Golan Levin, an artist and engineer, uses modern tools -- robotics, new software, cognitive research -- to make artworks that surprise and delight. Watch as sounds become shapes, bodies create paintings, and a curious eye looks back at the curious viewer.

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

TEDGlobal 2009

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

July 21, 2009


Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

Gordon Brown: Wiring a web for global good

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Wiring a web for global good

July 21, 2009


We're at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today's interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic -- and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy.

Nina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion

TED2009

Nina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion

February 5, 2009


Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.

Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer

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Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer

February 5, 2009


Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.

Daniel Kraft: A better way to harvest bone marrow

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Daniel Kraft: A better way to harvest bone marrow

February 6, 2009


Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart disease.

Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light

TED2009

Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light

February 6, 2009


In the spectacular large-scale projects he's famous for (such as "Waterfalls" in New York harbor), Olafur Eliasson creates art from a palette of space, distance, color and light. This idea-packed talk begins with an experiment in the nature of perception.

Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies'

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Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies'

June 3, 2009


The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.

Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections

TED2009

Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections

February 5, 2009


Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise.

Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

TED2009

Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

February 6, 2009


TED Fellow Sophal Ear shares the compelling story of his family's escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He recounts his mother's cunning and determination to save her children.

Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning

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Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning

February 6, 2009


Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Eames Demetrios: The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

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Eames Demetrios: The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

February 2, 2007


The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.