Rebecca MacKinnon: We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights

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Rebecca MacKinnon: We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights

June 29, 2016


Can we fight terror without destroying democracy? Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon thinks that we'll lose the battle against extremism and demagoguery if we censor the internet and press. In this critical talk, she calls for a doubling-down on strong encryption and appeals to governments to better protect, not silence, the journalists and activists fighting against extremists.

Sarah Parcak: Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations -- with satellites

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Sarah Parcak: Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations -- with satellites

June 27, 2016


Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the world's hidden heritage. In this talk, she offers a preview of the first place they'll look: Peru -- the home of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines and other archaeological wonders waiting to be discovered.

Timothy Ihrig: What we can do to die well

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Timothy Ihrig: What we can do to die well

September 8, 2013


The healthcare industry in America is so focused on pathology, surgery and pharmacology -- on what doctors "do" to patients -- that it often overlooks the values of the human beings it's supposed to care for. Palliative care physician Timothy Ihrig explains the benefits of a different approach, one that fosters a patient's overall quality of life and navigates serious illness from diagnosis to death with dignity and compassion.

Olivier Scalabre: The next manufacturing revolution is here

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Olivier Scalabre: The next manufacturing revolution is here

May 20, 2016


Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place -- a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productivity and growth.

Monica Araya: A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels

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Monica Araya: A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels

June 29, 2016


How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors.

Anand Giridharadas: A letter to all who have lost in this era

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Anand Giridharadas: A letter to all who have lost in this era

June 29, 2016


Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or feel, lost. It confesses to ignoring pain until it became anger. It chides an idealistic yet remote elite for its behind-closed-doors world-saving and airy, self-serving futurism — for at times worrying more about sending people to Mars than helping them on Earth. And it rejects the exclusionary dogmas to which we cling, calling us instead to "dare to commit to the dream of each other."

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: How Africa can keep rising

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: How Africa can keep rising

June 27, 2016


African growth is a trend, not a fluke, says economist and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In this refreshingly candid and straightforward talk, Okonjo-Iweala describes the positive progress on the continent and outlines eight challenges African nations still need to address in order to create a better future.

Molly Winter: The taboo secret to healthier plants and people

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Molly Winter: The taboo secret to healthier plants and people

April 23, 2016


Our poop and pee have superpowers, but for the most part we don't harness them. Molly Winter faces down our squeamishness and asks us to see what goes down the toilet as a resource, one that can help fight climate change, spur innovation and even save us money.

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other

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Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other

June 29, 2016


"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

Ed Boyden: Baby diapers inspired this new way to study the brain

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Ed Boyden: Baby diapers inspired this new way to study the brain

June 26, 2016


Neuroengineer Ed Boyden wants to know how the tiny biomolecules in our brains generate emotions, thoughts and feelings -- and he wants to find the molecular changes that lead to disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's. Rather than magnify these invisible structures with a microscope, he wondered: What if we physically enlarge them and make them easier to see? Learn how the same polymers used to make baby diapers swell could be a key to better understanding our brains.

eL Seed: A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

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eL Seed: A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

June 26, 2016


eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.

Franz Freudenthal: A new way to heal hearts without surgery

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Franz Freudenthal: A new way to heal hearts without surgery

February 16, 2016


At the intersection of medical invention and indigenous culture, pediatric cardiologist Franz Freudenthal mends holes in the hearts of children across the world, using a device born from traditional Bolivian loom weaving. "The most complex problems in our time," he says, "can be solved with simple techniques, if we are able to dream."

Neha Narula: The future of money

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Neha Narula: The future of money

May 18, 2016


What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money -- and paints a picture of a very different looking future.

Gerard Ryle: How the Panama Papers journalists broke the biggest leak in history

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Gerard Ryle: How the Panama Papers journalists broke the biggest leak in history

June 26, 2016


Gerard Ryle led the international team that divulged the Panama Papers, the 11.5 million leaked documents from 40 years of activity of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that have offered an unprecedented glimpse into the scope and methods of the secretive world of offshore finance. Hear the story behind the biggest collaborative journalism project in history.

Adam Savage: My love letter to cosplay

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Adam Savage: My love letter to cosplay

February 16, 2016


Adam Savage makes things and builds experiments, and he uses costumes to add humor, color and clarity to the stories he tells. Tracing his lifelong love of costumes -- from a childhood space helmet made of an ice cream tub to a No-Face costume he wore to Comic-Con -- Savage explores the world of cosplay and the meaning it creates for its community. "We're connecting with something important inside of us," he says. "The costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other."

Emma Marris: Nature is everywhere -- we just need to learn to see it

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Emma Marris: Nature is everywhere -- we just need to learn to see it

June 26, 2016


How do you define "nature?" If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won't have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature -- one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces -- and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.

James Green: 3 moons and a planet that could have alien life

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James Green: 3 moons and a planet that could have alien life

November 6, 2015


Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA's director of planetary science James Green for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life.

Martin Reeves: How to build a business that lasts 100 years

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Martin Reeves: How to build a business that lasts 100 years

May 18, 2016


If you want to build a business that lasts, there may be no better place to look for inspiration than your own immune system. Join strategist Martin Reeves as he shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how executives can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.

Anthony Goldbloom: The jobs we'll lose to machines -- and the ones we won't

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Anthony Goldbloom: The jobs we'll lose to machines -- and the ones we won't

February 15, 2016


Machine learning isn't just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore -- today, it's capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?

Leila Hoteit: 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman

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Leila Hoteit: 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman

May 18, 2016


Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an engineer, advocate and mother in Abu Dhabi, Leila Hoteit shares three lessons for thriving in the modern world.

Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a forest in your backyard

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Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a forest in your backyard

May 18, 2016


Forests don't have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are -- even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.

Dave Brain: What a planet needs to sustain life

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Dave Brain: What a planet needs to sustain life

September 19, 2015


"Venus is too hot, Mars is too cold, and Earth is just right," says planetary scientist Dave Brain. But why? In this pleasantly humorous talk, Brain explores the fascinating science behind what it takes for a planet to host life -- and why humanity may just be in the right place at the right time when it comes to the timeline of life-sustaining planets.

Oded Shoseyov: How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers

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Oded Shoseyov: How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers

May 18, 2016


What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform ... everything. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov walks us through examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative ways his team is harnessing them in everything from sports shoes to medical implants.

Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened -- and what to do next

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Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened -- and what to do next

June 29, 2016


We are embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are, and Brexit grew out of a deep, unexamined divide between those that fear globalization and those that embrace it, says social scientist Alexander Betts. How do we now address that fear as well as growing disillusionment with the political establishment, while refusing to give in to xenophobia and nationalism? Join Betts as he discusses four post-Brexit steps toward a more inclusive world.

Eric Haseltine: What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?

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Eric Haseltine: What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?

November 5, 2015


Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science -- opening our eyes to entirely new universes. "I'm not talking about science that takes baby steps," says Eric Haseltine. "I'm talking about science that takes enormous leaps." In this talk, Haseltine passionately takes us to the edges of intellectual pursuit with two ideas -- one that's already made history, and the other that's digging into one of humanity's biggest questions with admirable ambition (and a healthy dose of skepticism from many).

Marwa Al-Sabouni: How Syria's architecture laid the foundation for brutal war

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Marwa Al-Sabouni: How Syria's architecture laid the foundation for brutal war

June 26, 2016


What caused the war in Syria? Oppression, drought and religious differences all played key roles, but Marwa Al-Sabouni suggests another reason: architecture. Speaking to us over the Internet from Homs, where for the last six years she has watched the war tear her city apart, Al-Sabouni suggests that Syria's architecture divided its once tolerant and multicultural society into single-identity enclaves defined by class and religion. The country's future now depends on how it chooses to rebuild.

Lisa Dyson: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

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Lisa Dyson: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

May 18, 2016


We're heading for a world population of 10 billion people -- but what will we all eat? Lisa Dyson rediscovered an idea developed by NASA in the 1960s for deep-space travel, and it could be a key to reinventing how we grow food.

Safwat Saleem: Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent

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Safwat Saleem: Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent

February 15, 2016


Artist Safwat Saleem grew up with a stutter -- but as an independent animator, he decided to do his own voiceovers to give life to his characters. When YouTube commenters started mocking his Pakistani accent, it crushed him, and his voice began to leave his work. Hear how this TED Fellow reclaimed his voice and confidence in this charming, thoughtful talk.

John Legend: "Redemption Song"

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John Legend: "Redemption Song"

February 15, 2016


John Legend is on a mission to transform America's criminal justice system. Through his Free America campaign, he's encouraging rehabilitation and healing in our prisons, jails and detention centers -- and giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time. With a spoken-word prelude from James Cavitt, an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Legend treats us to his version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." "Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?"

Julia Galef: Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong

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Julia Galef: Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong

February 28, 2016


Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: "What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?"