Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

TED2007

Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

March 3, 2007


Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate?

TED2007

Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate?

March 3, 2007


Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

TED2005

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

February 2, 2005


In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

TEDGlobal 2007

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

June 6, 2007


'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

TED2007

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

March 3, 2007


Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

David Pogue: The music wars

TED2007

David Pogue: The music wars

March 3, 2007


New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

TED2005

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

February 2, 2005


Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

TED2007

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

March 3, 2007


Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

September 9, 2007


Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

David Keith: A critical look at geoengineering against climate change

TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

David Keith: A critical look at geoengineering against climate change

September 9, 2007


Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

TED2004

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

February 2, 2004


What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones

TED2007

Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones

March 3, 2007


Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase's investigation into the ways we interact with technology has led him from the villages of Uganda to the insides of our pockets. He's made some unexpected discoveries along the way.

Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me

TED2003

Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me

February 2, 2001


Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.

Raul Midon: "Tembererana"

TED2007

Raul Midon: "Tembererana"

March 3, 2007


Singer/guitarist Raúl Midón performs “All the Answers” in a world premiere at TED2007, followed by the sprightly "Tembererana."

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

TED2007

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

March 3, 2007


Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.

Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

TEDGlobal 2007

Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

June 6, 2007


Rokia Traore sings the moving "M'Bifo," accompanied on the n'goni, a lute-like Malian stringed instrument with a soulful timbre. A quietly mesmerizing performance.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

TEDGlobal 2007

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

June 6, 2007


Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

TED2007

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

March 3, 2007


Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

TED2007

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

March 3, 2007


Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

TED2007

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

March 3, 2007


Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

TED2007

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

March 3, 2007


Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

TED2007

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

March 3, 2007


Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

TED2007

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

March 3, 2007


Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

Skoll World Forum 2007

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

January 1, 2007


We've known about global warming for 50 years and done little about it, says Google.org director Larry Brilliant. In spite of this and other depressing trends, he's optimistic and tells us why. From Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK, www.skollfoundation.org

Paul MacCready: A flight on solar wings

TED2003

Paul MacCready: A flight on solar wings

February 2, 2003


Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

LIFT 2007

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

February 2, 2007


Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

DLD 2007

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

January 1, 2007


Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." From the 2007 DLD Conference, Munich; www.dld-conference.com

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

TED2007

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

March 3, 2007


The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

Deborah Scranton: An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers

TED2007

Deborah Scranton: An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers

March 3, 2007


Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Jeff Skoll: My journey into movies that matter

TED2007

Jeff Skoll: My journey into movies that matter

March 3, 2007


Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.