Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

TED2009

Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

February 5, 2009


In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Miru Kim: My underground art explorations

EG 2008

Miru Kim: My underground art explorations

December 12, 2008


At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.

Richard Pyle: A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone

TED2004

Richard Pyle: A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone

February 2, 2004


In this illuminating talk, Richard Pyle shows us thriving life on the cliffs of coral reefs and groundbreaking diving technologies he has pioneered to explore it. He and his team risk everything to reveal the secrets of undiscovered species.

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

TED2009

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

February 5, 2009


Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

TED2009

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

February 4, 2009


Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

TED2009

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

February 5, 2009


The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans

TED2009

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans

February 5, 2009


Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra: El Sistema's top youth orchestra

TED2009

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra: El Sistema's top youth orchestra

February 5, 2009


The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema. Led here by Gustavo Dudamel, they play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2.

Jose Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

TED2009

Jose Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

February 5, 2009


Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

TED2009

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

February 4, 2009


Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

TED2009

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

February 7, 2009


Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other

TED2009

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other

February 6, 2009


MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

TED1998

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

February 2, 1998


From the TED archives: The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

TED2009

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

February 5, 2009


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

TED2009

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

February 2, 2009


Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)

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.