Virginia Postrel: On glamour

TED2004

Virginia Postrel: On glamour


In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade.

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?

TED2008

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?


Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind

EG 2007

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind


MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show Design and the Elastic Mind -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

TED2008

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe


Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

TED2004

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness


Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

TED2003

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?


Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables

TED2003

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables


Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

TED2008

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

TED2003

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city


Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.

David Perry: Are games better than life?

TED2006

David Perry: Are games better than life?


Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life."

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

TED Prize Wish

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB


Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis.

Liz Diller: The Blur Building and other tech-empowered architecture

EG 2007

Liz Diller: The Blur Building and other tech-empowered architecture


In this engrossing EG talk, architect Liz Diller shares her firm DS+R's more unusual work, including the Blur Building, whose walls are made of fog, and the revamped Alice Tully Hall, which is wrapped in glowing wooden skin.

Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies

TED2003

Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies


Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.

Stefan Sagmeister: Designing with slogans

TED2008

Stefan Sagmeister: Designing with slogans


Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

TED2003

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives


In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

TED2003

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate


Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

TED2007

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC


Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

TED2003

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind


Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice.

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend

EG 2007

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend


Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

TED2008

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you


In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

EG 2007

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches


Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.

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

TED2005

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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.