Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide?

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Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide?

February 2, 2008


Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.

Ernest Madu: World-class health care

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Ernest Madu: World-class health care

June 6, 2007


Dr. Ernest Madu runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, where he proves that -- with careful design, smart technical choices, and a true desire to serve -- it's possible to offer world-class healthcare in the developing world.

Alisa Miller: The news about the news

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Alisa Miller: The news about the news

March 3, 2008


Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.

Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics

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Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics

July 7, 2005


Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.

Tod Machover + Dan Ellsey: Inventing instruments that unlock new music

TED2008

Tod Machover + Dan Ellsey: Inventing instruments that unlock new music

March 3, 2008


Tod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms, from opera to video games. He and composer Dan Ellsey shed light on what's next.

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

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Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

February 28, 2008


Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis

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Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis

March 3, 2008


In this brand-new slideshow (premiering on TED.com), Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.

Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

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Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

February 27, 2008


In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.

Jakob Trollback: A new kind of music video

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Jakob Trollback: A new kind of music video

March 3, 2007


What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form.

David Hoffman: Sputnik mania

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David Hoffman: Sputnik mania

March 3, 2007


Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the world.

Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

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Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

February 28, 2006


Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides -- and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he's a scientist: "Once I do something, I want to do something else."

Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time

TED2008

Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time

February 29, 2008


Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity -- thoughts, emotions, pain -- while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.

Siegfried Woldhek: The search for the true face of Leonardo

TED2008

Siegfried Woldhek: The search for the true face of Leonardo

February 29, 2008


Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.

Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

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Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

February 28, 2008


People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School

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Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School

February 28, 2008


Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open

Neil Turok: My wish: Find the next Einstein in Africa

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Neil Turok: My wish: Find the next Einstein in Africa

February 28, 2008


Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.

Frank Gehry: My days as a young rebel

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Frank Gehry: My days as a young rebel

March 3, 1990


Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk.

Nicholas Negroponte: 5 predictions, from 1984

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Nicholas Negroponte: 5 predictions, from 1984

February 2, 1984


With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

TED2008

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

February 27, 2008


Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about ideas

TED2007

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about ideas

March 3, 2007


With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -– mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.

Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life

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Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life

February 28, 2008


"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.

Steve Jurvetson: Model rocketry

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Steve Jurvetson: Model rocketry

March 3, 2007


Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets –- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.

Roy Gould + Curtis Wong: A preview of the WorldWide Telescope

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Roy Gould + Curtis Wong: A preview of the WorldWide Telescope

February 27, 2008


Educator Roy Gould and researcher Curtis Wong show a sneak preview of Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, which compiles images from telescopes and satellites to build a comprehensive, interactive view of our universe.

Raspyni Brothers: Juggle and jest

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Raspyni Brothers: Juggle and jest

February 2, 2002


Illustrious jugglers the Raspyni Brothers show off their uncanny balance, agility, coordination and willingness to sacrifice (others). Now, if you'll just stand completely still...

Jill Sobule + Julia Sweeney: The Jill and Julia Show

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Jill Sobule + Julia Sweeney: The Jill and Julia Show

March 3, 2007


Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

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George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

February 2, 2002


Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

TEDGlobal 2007

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

June 6, 2007


Joseph Lekuton, a member of parliament in Kenya, starts with the story of his remarkable education, then offers a parable of how Africa can grow. His message of hope has never been more relevant.

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

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Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

March 3, 2002


Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.

Pamelia Kurstin: The untouchable music of the theremin

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Pamelia Kurstin: The untouchable music of the theremin

February 2, 2002


Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin performs and discusses her theremin, the not-just-for-sci-fi electronic instrument that is played without being touched. Songs include "Autumn Leaves," "Lush Life" and David Mash’s "Listen, Words Are Gone."

Eve Ensler: What security means to me

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Eve Ensler: What security means to me

July 7, 2005


Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change.