John Francis: Walk the earth ... my 17-year vow of silence

TED2008

John Francis: Walk the earth ... my 17-year vow of silence

February 2, 2008


For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.

James Surowiecki: The power and the danger of online crowds

TED2005

James Surowiecki: The power and the danger of online crowds

February 2, 2005


James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news -- and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.

Graham Hawkes: A flight through the ocean

TED2005

Graham Hawkes: A flight through the ocean

February 28, 2005


Graham Hawkes takes us aboard his graceful, winged submarines to the depths of planet Ocean (a.k.a. "Earth"). It's a deep blue world we landlubbers rarely see in 3D.

Newton Aduaka: The story of Ezra

TEDGlobal 2007

Newton Aduaka: The story of Ezra

June 6, 2007


Filmmaker Newton Aduaka shows clips from his powerful, lyrical feature film "Ezra," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.

Zach Kaplan + Keith Schacht: Toys and materials from the future

TED2005

Zach Kaplan + Keith Schacht: Toys and materials from the future

February 2, 2005


The Inventables guys, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, "dry" liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole.

Rives: A story of mixed emoticons

TED2008

Rives: A story of mixed emoticons

February 2, 2008


Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)

Kristen Ashburn: The face of AIDS in Africa

TED2003

Kristen Ashburn: The face of AIDS in Africa

February 28, 2003


In this moving talk, documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn shares unforgettable images of the human impact of AIDS in Africa.

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

TED1998

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

February 2, 1998


In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready looks at a planet on which humans have utterly dominated nature, and talks about what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. His contribution: solar planes, superefficient gliders and the electric car.

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

TED2004

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

February 2, 2004


Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself.

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

TED2004

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

February 2, 2004


In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade.

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?

TED2008

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?

February 2, 2008


Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind

EG 2007

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind

December 12, 2007


MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show Design and the Elastic Mind -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

TED2008

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

February 2, 2008


Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

TED2004

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

February 29, 2004


Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

TED2003

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

February 28, 2003


Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables

TED2003

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables

February 2, 2003


Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

TED2008

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

February 2, 2008


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

TED2003

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

February 2, 2003


Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.

David Perry: Are games better than life?

TED2006

David Perry: Are games better than life?

February 2, 2006


Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life."

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

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James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

October 3, 2008


Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis.

Liz Diller: The Blur Building and other tech-empowered architecture

EG 2007

Liz Diller: The Blur Building and other tech-empowered architecture

December 12, 2007


In this engrossing EG talk, architect Liz Diller shares her firm DS+R's more unusual work, including the Blur Building, whose walls are made of fog, and the revamped Alice Tully Hall, which is wrapped in glowing wooden skin.

Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies

TED2003

Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies

February 2, 2003


Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.

Stefan Sagmeister: Designing with slogans

TED2008

Stefan Sagmeister: Designing with slogans

February 2, 2008


Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

TED2003

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

February 2, 2003


In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

TED2003

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

February 28, 2003


Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

TED2007

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

March 1, 2007


Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

TED2003

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

February 2, 2003


Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice.

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend

EG 2007

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend

December 12, 2007


Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

TED2008

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

February 2, 2008


In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

EG 2007

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

December 12, 2007


Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.