Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot

TED2006

Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

TED1998

Billy Graham: On technology and faith


Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

TED2008

Helen Fisher: The brain in love


Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.

Freeman Dyson: Let's look for life in the outer solar system

TED2003

Freeman Dyson: Let's look for life in the outer solar system


Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.

AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically

EG 2007

AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically


Author, philosopher, prankster and journalist AJ Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

TED2003

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them


Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.

Corneille Ewango: A hero of the Congo forest

TEDGlobal 2007

Corneille Ewango: A hero of the Congo forest


Botanist Corneille Ewango talks about his work at the Okapi Faunal Reserve in the Congo Basin -- and his heroic work protecting it from poachers, miners and raging civil wars.

Raul Midon: "Peace on Earth"

TED2007

Raul Midon: "Peace on Earth"


Guitarist and singer Raul Midon plays "Everybody" and "Peace on Earth" during his 2007 set at TED.

Rick Smolan: The story of a girl

EG 2007

Rick Smolan: The story of a girl


Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.

Nellie McKay: "Mother of Pearl," "If I Had You"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Mother of Pearl," "If I Had You"


The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.