Carmen Agra Deedy: Once upon a time, my mother ...

TED2005

Carmen Agra Deedy: Once upon a time, my mother ...

February 2, 2005


Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy spins a funny, wise and luminous tale of parents and kids, starring her Cuban mother. Settle in and enjoy the ride -- Mama's driving!

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

EG 2007

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

December 12, 2007


Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

TED2002

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

February 2, 2002


Keith Bellows gleefully outlines the engineering marvels of the camel, a vital creature he calls "the SUV of the desert." Though he couldn't bring a live camel to TED, he gets his camera crew as close as humanly possible to a one-ton beast in full rut.

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

TED2008

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

February 29, 2008


The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

TED1998

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

February 28, 1998


With vibrant video clips captured by submarines, David Gallo takes us to some of Earth's darkest, most violent, toxic and beautiful habitats, the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans' depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant.

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

TED2008

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

March 1, 2008


Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

Jane Goodall: How humans and animals can live together

TEDGlobal 2007

Jane Goodall: How humans and animals can live together

June 6, 2007


The legendary chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall talks about TACARE and her other community projects, which help people in booming African towns live side-by-side with threatened animals.

Peter Hirshberg: The web is more than "better TV"

EG 2007

Peter Hirshberg: The web is more than "better TV"

December 12, 2007


In this absorbing look at emerging media and tech history, Peter Hirshberg shares some crucial lessons from Silicon Valley and explains why the web is so much more than "better TV."

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

TEDGlobal 2005

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

July 7, 2005


Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.

Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot

TED2006

Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot

February 2, 2006


This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 -- presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White -- simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

TED2007

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

February 2, 2007


Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

TED2008

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

February 2, 2008


In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.

Ory Okolloh: How I became an activist

TEDGlobal 2007

Ory Okolloh: How I became an activist

June 6, 2007


Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

EG 2007

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

December 12, 2007


Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

EG 2007

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

December 3, 2007


Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

TED2005

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

February 2, 2005


Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic -- flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic.

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

TED2008

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

February 2, 2008


Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

February 2, 2008


Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."

David Griffin: How photography connects us

TED2008

David Griffin: How photography connects us

February 2, 2008


The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

TEDGlobal 2007

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

June 6, 2007


All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.

Bruno Bowden + Rufus Cappadocia: Blindfold origami and cello

TED2008

Bruno Bowden + Rufus Cappadocia: Blindfold origami and cello

February 2, 2008


After Robert Lang's talk on origami at TED2008, Bruno Bowden stepped onstage with a challenge -- he would fold one of Lang's astonishingly complicated origami figures, blindfolded, in under 2 minutes. He's accompanied by the cellist Rufus Cappadocia.

Robert Lang: The math and magic of origami

TED2008

Robert Lang: The math and magic of origami

February 2, 2008


Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.

Kwabena Boahen: A computer that works like the brain

TEDGlobal 2007

Kwabena Boahen: A computer that works like the brain

June 6, 2007


Researcher Kwabena Boahen is looking for ways to mimic the brain's supercomputing powers in silicon -- because the messy, redundant processes inside our heads actually make for a small, light, superfast computer.

Kevin Kelly: The next 5,000 days of the web

EG 2007

Kevin Kelly: The next 5,000 days of the web

December 12, 2007


At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?

Reed Kroloff: A tour of modern architecture

TED2003

Reed Kroloff: A tour of modern architecture

February 2, 2003


Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process.

Jonathan Harris: The web as art

TED2007

Jonathan Harris: The web as art

December 12, 2007


At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers', and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing "We Feel Fine."

Louise Leakey: A dig for humanity's origins

TED2008

Louise Leakey: A dig for humanity's origins

February 2, 2008


Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.

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.