Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

TED2009

Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity


Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education

TED2009

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education


Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar

TED2008

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar


Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

TED2009

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds


In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

Michelle Obama: A plea for education

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Michelle Obama: A plea for education


Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Jay Walker: The world's English mania

TED2009

Jay Walker: The world's English mania


Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands.

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

TED2009

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!


In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.

Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design

TED2009

Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design


Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

TED2009

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?


Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm

TED2009

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm


"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

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Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

TED2009

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability


At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India's future

TED2009

Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India's future


Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.

Naturally 7: A full-band beatbox

TED2009

Naturally 7: A full-band beatbox


One-of-a-kind R&B group Naturally 7 beatboxes an orchestra's worth of instruments to groove through their smooth single, "Fly Baby."

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

TED2009

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

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Eric Lewis explores the piano's expressive power as he pounds and caresses the keys (and the strings) in a performance during the 2009 TED Prize session. He plays an original song, a tribute to ocean and sky and the vision of the TED Prize winners.

Hans Rosling: Insights on HIV, in stunning data visuals

TED2009

Hans Rosling: Insights on HIV, in stunning data visuals


Hans Rosling unveils data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world's deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. By following the data, he suggests a surprising key to ending the epidemic.

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead

TED2009

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead


Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world

TED2009

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world


Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods.

Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?

TED2009

Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?


At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on "clean coal."

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

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Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture


Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

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Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together


Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war

TED2009

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war


By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

TED2009

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC


In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

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Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu


In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

TED2009

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village


In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

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Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity


Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

TED2009

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises


The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

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Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York


In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

TED2009

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting


At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

TED2009

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?


Nate Silver has data that answers big questions about race in politics. For instance, in the 2008 presidential race, did Obama's skin color actually keep him from getting votes in some parts of the country? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight.