Marisa Fick-Jordan: The wonder of Zulu wire art

TEDGlobal 2007

Marisa Fick-Jordan: The wonder of Zulu wire art

June 6, 2007


In this short, image-packed talk, Marisa Fick-Jordan talks about how a village of traditional Zulu wire weavers built a worldwide market for their dazzling work.

Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology

TED2004

Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology

February 2, 2004


Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

Keith Barry: Brain magic

TED2004

Keith Barry: Brain magic

February 2, 2004


First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

TED1998

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

February 2, 1998


Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

TED2008

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

February 2, 2008


Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.

Freeman Dyson: Let's look for life in the outer solar system

TED2003

Freeman Dyson: Let's look for life in the outer solar system

February 2, 2003


Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.

AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically

EG 2007

AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically

December 2, 2007


Author, philosopher, prankster and journalist AJ Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

TED2003

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

March 3, 2003


Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.

Corneille Ewango: A hero of the Congo forest

TEDGlobal 2007

Corneille Ewango: A hero of the Congo forest

June 6, 2007


Botanist Corneille Ewango talks about his work at the Okapi Faunal Reserve in the Congo Basin -- and his heroic work protecting it from poachers, miners and raging civil wars.

Raul Midon: "Peace on Earth"

TED2007

Raul Midon: "Peace on Earth"

March 3, 2007


Guitarist and singer Raul Midon plays "Everybody" and "Peace on Earth" during his 2007 set at TED.

Rick Smolan: The story of a girl

EG 2007

Rick Smolan: The story of a girl

December 12, 2007


Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.

Nellie McKay: "Mother of Pearl," "If I Had You"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Mother of Pearl," "If I Had You"

February 2, 2008


The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.

Chris Abani: On humanity

TED2008

Chris Abani: On humanity

February 2, 2008


Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

Peter Diamandis: Stephen Hawking's zero g flight

TED2008

Peter Diamandis: Stephen Hawking's zero g flight

February 2, 2008


X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.

Sxip Shirey + Rachelle Garniez: A performance with breath, music, passion

TED2008

Sxip Shirey + Rachelle Garniez: A performance with breath, music, passion

February 2, 2008


Composer Sxip Shirey makes music from the simple, dramatic act of breathing -- alone and together. Open your ears to a passionate 3 minutes.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

EG 2007

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

December 12, 2007


Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

February 29, 2008


Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music

TED2008

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music

February 2, 2008


Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

TED2007

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

February 2, 2007


Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

TED2008

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

February 2, 2008


Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

TED2002

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

February 2, 2002


Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

TED2008

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

February 2, 2008


Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

George Dyson: The birth of the computer

TED2003

George Dyson: The birth of the computer

March 3, 2003


Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.

Murray Gell-Mann: The ancestor of language

TED2007

Murray Gell-Mann: The ancestor of language

March 3, 2007


After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

TEDGlobal 2005

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

July 1, 2005


In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

TED2008

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

February 2, 2008


Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

TED2008

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

February 2, 2008


Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Nathan Myhrvold: Archeology, animal photography, BBQ ...

TED2007

Nathan Myhrvold: Archeology, animal photography, BBQ ...

March 3, 2007


Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

TED2008

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

March 3, 2008


Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

TED2008

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

February 29, 2008


Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive