Pattie Maes + Pranav Mistry: Meet the SixthSense interaction

TED2009

Pattie Maes + Pranav Mistry: Meet the SixthSense interaction


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

TED2009

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic


Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

TED2009

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face


Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

TED2009

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search


The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans

TED2009

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans


Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

Jose Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

TED2009

Jose Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution


Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

TED2009

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human


Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

TED2009

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom


Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other

TED2009

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other


MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

TED1998

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new


From the TED archives: The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

TED2009

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

TED2009

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education


Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

TED2003

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun


Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

TED2003

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time


Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

TED2006

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

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Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

TED1998

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset


In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

TED2004

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions


Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

TED2008

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions


Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but "Medea Hypothesis" author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

TED2006

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world


We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.