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

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

TEDGlobal 2007

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

June 6, 2007


Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.

Arthur Ganson: Moving sculpture

TED2002

Arthur Ganson: Moving sculpture

March 3, 2004


Sculptor and engineer Arthur Ganson talks about his work -- kinetic art that explores deep philosophical ideas and is gee-whiz fun to look at.

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

TED2008

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

February 29, 2008


Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."

Rokia Traore: "Kounandi"

TEDGlobal 2007

Rokia Traore: "Kounandi"

June 6, 2007


Singer-songwriter Rokia Traore performs "Kounandi," a breathtaking song that blends Malian instruments with a modern, heartfelt vocal. Note: This song is not available for download.

Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean

TED2008

Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean

February 29, 2008


Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?

Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

EG 2007

Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

December 12, 2007


In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.

Joshua Klein: A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

TED2008

Joshua Klein: A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

March 3, 2008


Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human.

Michael Moschen: Juggling as art ... and science

TED2002

Michael Moschen: Juggling as art ... and science

March 3, 2002


Michael Moschen puts on a quietly mesmerizing show of juggling. Don't think juggling is an art? You might just change your mind after watching Moschen in motion.

Paul Ewald: Can we domesticate germs?

TED2007

Paul Ewald: Can we domesticate germs?

March 3, 2007


Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

TED2008

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

March 3, 2008


Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses.

Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

TEDGlobal 2007

Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

June 6, 2007


Hector Ruiz, the executive chair of AMD, wants to give Internet access to everyone. In this talk, he shares his extraordinary life story and describes AMD's 50x15 initiative that calls for connecting 50 percent of the world by 2015.

They Might Be Giants: Wake up!

TED2007

They Might Be Giants: Wake up!

March 3, 2007


In a very, very early-morning set, They Might Be Giants rock the final day of TED2007.

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

TED2008

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

March 3, 2008


"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

TED2008

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

March 3, 2008


Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory

TED2005

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory

February 2, 2005


Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.