Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

TED2003

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

February 2, 2003


Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

TED2003

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

February 2, 2003


Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

TED2006

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

February 2, 2006


Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

TED1998

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

February 2, 1998


In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

TED2004

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

February 2, 2004


Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?

Sherwin Nuland: The extraordinary power of ordinary people

TED2003

Sherwin Nuland: The extraordinary power of ordinary people

February 2, 2003


Surgeon and writer Sherwin Nuland meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

TED2008

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

February 27, 2008


Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but "Medea Hypothesis" author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

TED2006

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

February 2, 2006


We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

Taste3 2008

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

June 30, 2008


What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.

David Carson: Design and discovery

TED2003

David Carson: Design and discovery

February 2, 2003


Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery -- for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

Serious Play 2008

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

May 5, 2008


Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.

Joseph Pine: What consumers want

TED2004

Joseph Pine: What consumers want

February 29, 2004


Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.

Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread

Taste3 2008

Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread

July 17, 2008


Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.

Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics

TED2005

Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics

February 28, 2005


In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.

Rob Forbes: Ways of seeing

TED2006

Rob Forbes: Ways of seeing

February 2, 2006


Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns -- this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you.

Greg Lynn: Organic algorithms in architecture

TED2005

Greg Lynn: Organic algorithms in architecture

February 2, 2005


Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture -- and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a titanium tea set) illustrate his theory.

Paul Moller: My dream of a flying car

TED2004

Paul Moller: My dream of a flying car

February 2, 2004


Paul Moller talks about the future of personal air travel -- the marriage of autos and flight that will give us true freedom to travel off-road. He shows two things he's working on: the Moller Skycar (a jet + car) and a passenger-friendly hovering disc.

Paul Sereno: Digging up dinosaurs

TED2005

Paul Sereno: Digging up dinosaurs

February 28, 2005


Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.

John Maeda: My journey in design

Serious Play 2008

John Maeda: My journey in design

May 5, 2008


Designer John Maeda talks about his path from a Seattle tofu factory to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became president in 2008. Maeda, a tireless experimenter and a witty observer, explores the crucial moment when design met computers.

Kary Mullis: Play! Experiment! Discover!

TED2002

Kary Mullis: Play! Experiment! Discover!

February 2, 2002


Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.

Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso

Taste3 2008

Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso

July 7, 2008


Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes -- exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.

Nicholas Negroponte: Taking OLPC to Colombia

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Nicholas Negroponte: Taking OLPC to Colombia

December 4, 2008


TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)

Steven Strogatz: The science of sync

TED2004

Steven Strogatz: The science of sync

February 2, 2004


Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit -- when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.

Penelope Boston: There might just be life on Mars

TED2006

Penelope Boston: There might just be life on Mars

February 2, 2006


So the Mars Rovers didn't scoop up any alien lifeforms. Scientist Penelope Boston thinks there's a good chance -- a 25 to 50 percent chance, in fact -- that life might exist on Mars, deep inside the planet's caves. She details how we should look and why.

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions

TEDGlobal 2005

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions

July 7, 2005


Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness

Taste3 2008

Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness

July 19, 2008


Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.

Jay Walker: My library of human imagination

TED2008

Jay Walker: My library of human imagination

February 29, 2008


Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session highlighting a few of the intriguing artifacts that backdropped the 2008 TED stage.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees

Taste3 2008

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees

July 19, 2008


Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

Eva Zeisel: The playful search for beauty

TED2001

Eva Zeisel: The playful search for beauty

February 2, 2001


The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life.

David Holt: The joyful tradition of mountain music

TED2004

David Holt: The joyful tradition of mountain music

March 1, 2004


Folk musician and storyteller David Holt plays the banjo and shares photographs and old wisdom from the Appalachian Mountains. He also demonstrates some unusual instruments like the mouth bow -- and a surprising electric drum kit he calls "thunderwear."