Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran

TED2009

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran

February 7, 2009


Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

TED2002

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

February 2, 2002


Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love.

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

TED2009

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

February 4, 2009


In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.

Christopher C. Deam: The Airstream, restyled

TED2002

Christopher C. Deam: The Airstream, restyled

February 2, 2002


In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer.

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

TED2009

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

February 6, 2009


Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

TED2009

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

February 5, 2009


Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

TED2001

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

February 9, 2001


Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

TED2009

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

February 5, 2009


Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

TED2001

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

February 1, 2001


With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

EG 2008

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

December 12, 2008


In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

TED2009

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

February 2, 2009


Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.

Saul Griffith: High-altitude wind energy from kites!

TED2009

Saul Griffith: High-altitude wind energy from kites!

February 6, 2009


In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

TED2009

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

February 5, 2009


Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Bruce McCall: What is retro-futurism?

Serious Play 2008

Bruce McCall: What is retro-futurism?

May 12, 2008


Bruce McCall paints a retro-future that never happened -- full of flying cars, polo-playing tanks and the RMS Tyrannic, "The Biggest Thing in All the World." At Serious Play '08, he narrates a brisk and funny slideshow of his faux-nostalgic art.

Adam Savage: My obsession with objects and the stories they tell

EG 2008

Adam Savage: My obsession with objects and the stories they tell

December 12, 2008


Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.

Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code

TED2009

Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code

February 7, 2009


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.

Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

TED2009

Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

February 5, 2009


Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).

Tim Berners-Lee: The next web

TED2009

Tim Berners-Lee: The next web

February 5, 2009


20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

Serious Play 2008

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

May 8, 2008


A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs

TED2009

Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs

February 5, 2009


Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

Pattie Maes + Pranav Mistry: Meet the SixthSense interaction

TED2009

Pattie Maes + Pranav Mistry: Meet the SixthSense interaction

February 6, 2009


This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.

Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy

TED2003

Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy

February 2, 2003


In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.

Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

TED2009

Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

February 6, 2009


Eric Lewis, an astonishingly talented crossover jazz pianist -- seen by many for the first time at TED2009 -- sets fire to the keys with his shattering rendition of Evanescence's chart-topper, "Going Under."

Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

EG 2008

Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

December 12, 2008


Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

TED2009

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

February 6, 2009


A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds -- and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

TED2009

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

February 6, 2009


By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. NOTE: The core content of this talk has been challenged on a number of grounds. For details, and Willie Smits' response, please see "A challenge to Willie Smits' talk" below.

Brenda Laurel: Games for girls

TED1998

Brenda Laurel: Games for girls

February 2, 1998


A TED archive gem. At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.

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.