Eric Giler: A demo of wireless electricity

TEDGlobal 2009

Eric Giler: A demo of wireless electricity


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

TED2009

Golan Levin: Art that looks back at you


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


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


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


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

TED2009

Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer


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

TED2009

Daniel Kraft: A better way to harvest bone marrow


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


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'


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


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


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

TED2009

Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning


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


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.

Daniel Libeskind: 17 words of architectural inspiration

TED2009

Daniel Libeskind: 17 words of architectural inspiration


Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering

TED2009

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering


Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller coaster!

Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

TED2009

Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!


Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole

TED2009

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole


Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

TED2007

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy


In this uplifting talk, Katherine Fulton sketches the new future of philanthropy -- one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce. Giving five practical examples of crowd-driven philanthropy, she calls for a new generation of citizen leaders.

Paul Collier: New rules for rebuilding a broken nation

TED@State

Paul Collier: New rules for rebuilding a broken nation


Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time

TED2009

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time


Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.

Qi Zhang: An electrifying organ performance

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Qi Zhang: An electrifying organ performance


Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of "Ridiculous Fellows" from Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare instrument specially programmed by Qi herself.

Catherine Mohr: Surgery's past, present and robotic future

TED2009

Catherine Mohr: Surgery's past, present and robotic future


Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating -- but not for the squeamish.

Diane Benscoter: How cults rewire the brain

TED2009

Diane Benscoter: How cults rewire the brain


Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.