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

TED2008

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

TED1990

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

TED1984

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

TED2008

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

TED2007

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

TED2008

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

TED2002

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

TED2007

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

TED2002

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

TED2002

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

TED2002

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

TEDGlobal 2005

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.

Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

TED2005

Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

February 2, 2005


Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

David Macaulay: An illustrated journey through Rome

TED2002

David Macaulay: An illustrated journey through Rome

February 2, 2002


David Macaulay relives the winding and sometimes surreal journey toward the completion of Rome Antics, his illustrated homage to the historic city.

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

TED2007

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

March 3, 2007


What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

TED2007

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

March 3, 2007


Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

TED2007

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

March 3, 2007


Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

TED2002

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

February 2, 2002


Chris Anderson gave this talk in 2002, prior to taking over leadership of TED. Founder Richard Saul Wurman was leaving, and TED's future was in the balance. He seeks to persuade TEDsters that what was then a for-profit conference had a secure future as an idea-based nonprofit endeavor.

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

TEDGlobal 2005

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

July 7, 2005


By making photographs that seem to show our favorite celebs (Diana, Elton John) doing what we really, secretly, want to see them doing, Alison Jackson explores our desire to get personal with celebs. Contains graphic images.

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

TED2002

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

February 2, 2002


Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music, and unlikely partnerships.

Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner

TED2007

Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner

March 3, 2007


Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

TED2007

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

March 3, 2007


Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

TED2007

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

March 3, 2007


David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

TED2007

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

March 3, 2007


J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

TED2007

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

March 3, 2007


Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

Yossi Vardi: We're worried about local warming ... in your lap

TED2007

Yossi Vardi: We're worried about local warming ... in your lap

March 7, 2007


Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a ballsy lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

TED2007

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

March 3, 2007


At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do -- and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.