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

TED in the Field

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."

Nick Sears: Demo: The Orb

TED2007

Nick Sears: Demo: The Orb

March 3, 2007


Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating persistence-of-vision display that creates glowing 3D images. A short, cool tale of invention.

Larry Burns: The future of cars

TED2005

Larry Burns: The future of cars

February 28, 2005


General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen -- and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they're idle.

Philip Rosedale: Life in Second Life

Serious Play 2008

Philip Rosedale: Life in Second Life

May 8, 2008


Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.

Richard Preston: The mysterious lives of giant trees

TED2008

Richard Preston: The mysterious lives of giant trees

February 2, 2008


Science writer Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems -- and are still, largely, a mystery.

Gregory Petsko: The coming neurological epidemic

TED2008

Gregory Petsko: The coming neurological epidemic

February 2, 2008


Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions.

Andy Hobsbawm: Do the green thing

TED2008

Andy Hobsbawm: Do the green thing

February 2, 2008


Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.

Dan Barber: A foie gras parable

Taste3 2008

Dan Barber: A foie gras parable

July 18, 2008


At the Taste3 conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in.

Bill Joy: What I'm worried about, what I'm excited about

TED2006

Bill Joy: What I'm worried about, what I'm excited about

February 2, 2006


Technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity -- and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.

George Smoot: The design of the universe

Serious Play 2008

George Smoot: The design of the universe

May 8, 2008


At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos -- with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids -- got built this way.

Franco Sacchi: A tour of Nollywood, Nigeria's booming film industry

TEDGlobal 2007

Franco Sacchi: A tour of Nollywood, Nigeria's booming film industry

June 6, 2007


Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria's booming film industry (the world's 3rd largest). Guerrilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week.

Stewart Brand: The Long Now

TED2004

Stewart Brand: The Long Now

February 2, 2004


Stewart Brand works on the Clock of the Long Now, a timepiece that counts down the next 10,000 years. It's a beautiful project that asks us to think about the far, far future. Here, he discusses a tricky side problem with the Clock: Where can we put it?

Ursus Wehrli: Tidying up art

TED2006

Ursus Wehrli: Tidying up art

February 2, 2006


Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art -- by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size.

Charles Elachi: The story behind the Mars Rovers

Serious Play 2008

Charles Elachi: The story behind the Mars Rovers

May 7, 2008


At Serious Play 2008, Charles Elachi shares stories from NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Lab -- including tales and video from the Mars Rover project.

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion and creativity

TED2008

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion and creativity

February 2, 2008


Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations -- from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.

Samantha Power: A complicated hero in the war on dictatorship

TED2008

Samantha Power: A complicated hero in the war on dictatorship

February 2, 2008


Would you negotiate with someone you knew to be evil, to save lives? Samantha Power tells a story of a complicated hero, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This UN diplomat walked a thin moral line, negotiating with the world's worst dictators to help their people survive crisis. It's a compelling story told with a fiery passion.