Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design

TED2009

Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design

February 6, 2009


Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

TED2009

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

February 6, 2009


Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm

TED2009

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm

February 6, 2009


"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

EG 2008

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

December 12, 2008


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

TED2009

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

February 2, 2009


At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India's future

TED2009

Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India's future

February 4, 2009


Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.

Naturally 7: A full-band beatbox

TED2009

Naturally 7: A full-band beatbox

February 4, 2009


One-of-a-kind R&B group Naturally 7 beatboxes an orchestra's worth of instruments to groove through their smooth single, "Fly Baby."

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

TED2009

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

February 5, 2009


Eric Lewis explores the piano's expressive power as he pounds and caresses the keys (and the strings) in a performance during the 2009 TED Prize session. He plays an original song, a tribute to ocean and sky and the vision of the TED Prize winners.

Hans Rosling: Insights on HIV, in stunning data visuals

TED2009

Hans Rosling: Insights on HIV, in stunning data visuals

February 6, 2009


Hans Rosling unveils data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world's deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. By following the data, he suggests a surprising key to ending the epidemic.

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead

TED2009

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead

February 4, 2009


Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world

TED2009

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world

February 5, 2009


Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods.

Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?

TED2009

Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?

February 6, 2009


At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on "clean coal."

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

TED2003

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

February 27, 2003


Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

TED2002

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

February 2, 2002


Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war

TED2009

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war

February 5, 2009


By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

TED2009

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

February 5, 2009


In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

TED2007

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

February 2, 2007


In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

TED2009

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

February 5, 2009


In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

TED2004

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

February 28, 2004


Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

TED2009

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

February 7, 2009


The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

TED2002

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

February 28, 2002


In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

TED2009

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

February 6, 2009


At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

TED2009

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

February 7, 2009


Nate Silver has data that answers big questions about race in politics. For instance, in the 2008 presidential race, did Obama's skin color actually keep him from getting votes in some parts of the country? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight.

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down

TED2002

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down

February 2, 2002


Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

TED2009

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

February 6, 2009


Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Matthew Childs: 9 life lessons from rock climbing

TED2009

Matthew Childs: 9 life lessons from rock climbing

February 5, 2009


In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

EG 2008

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

December 5, 2008


From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere

TED2009

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere

February 5, 2009


JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements ... and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

TED2003

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

February 2, 2003


In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

TED2009

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

February 5, 2009


Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.