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.

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.

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.

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.

Chris Abani: On humanity

TED2008

Chris Abani: On humanity


Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

Peter Diamandis: Stephen Hawking's zero g flight

TED2008

Peter Diamandis: Stephen Hawking's zero g flight


X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

EG 2007

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on


Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"


Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

TED2007

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines


Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

TED2008

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything


Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

TED2002

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity


Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

TED2008

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art


Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

George Dyson: The birth of the computer

TED2003

George Dyson: The birth of the computer


Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.