Hod Lipson: Building "self-aware" robots

TED2007

Hod Lipson: Building "self-aware" robots

March 6, 2007


Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

July 7, 2005


In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

TED2007

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

March 3, 2007


Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

TED2007

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

March 3, 2007


Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

TED2007

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

March 3, 2007


Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

TEDGlobal 2007

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

June 6, 2007


In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

June 7, 2007


South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela dedicates his song, "Thula Mama," to all women -- and especially his grandmother.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

TEDGlobal 2007

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

June 5, 2007


Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how "patient capital" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services -- and dignity -- to the world's poorest.

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

TEDGlobal 2007

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

June 6, 2007


Patrick Awuah makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

June 6, 2007


In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.

Euvin Naidoo: Why invest in Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Euvin Naidoo: Why invest in Africa

June 4, 2007


South African investment banker Euvin Naidoo explains why investing in Africa can make great business sense.

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

TEDGlobal 2007

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

June 5, 2007


When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

TEDGlobal 2007

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

June 7, 2007


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.

George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos

TEDGlobal 2007

George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos

June 5, 2007


Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa -- and calls on the “Cheetah generation” to take back the continent.

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

TED2007

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

March 3, 2007


When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new hip -- and that Canada’s national health care system would require her to spend nearly 2 years on a waiting list (and in pain) -- she took matters into her own hands.

Rives: The  4 a.m. mystery

TED2007

Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery

March 3, 2007


Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

David Bolinsky: Visualizing the wonder of a living cell

TED2007

David Bolinsky: Visualizing the wonder of a living cell

March 3, 2007


Medical animator David Bolinsky presents 3 minutes of stunning animation that show the bustling life inside a cell.

Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game

TED2007

Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game

March 3, 2007


In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

TED2003

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

February 2, 2003


With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system.

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

TED2007

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

March 3, 2007


Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

Emily Oster: Flip your thinking on AIDS in Africa

TED2007

Emily Oster: Flip your thinking on AIDS in Africa

March 3, 2007


Emily Oster re-examines the stats on AIDS in Africa from an economic perspective and reaches a stunning conclusion: Everything we know about the spread of HIV on the continent is wrong.

Alan Russell: The potential of regenerative medicine

TED2006

Alan Russell: The potential of regenerative medicine

February 2, 2006


Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine -- a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself.

Bill Stone: I'm going to the moon. Who's with me?

TED2007

Bill Stone: I'm going to the moon. Who's with me?

March 3, 2007


Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

TED2007

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

March 3, 2007


Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

TED2007

Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

March 3, 2007


Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

TED2006

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

February 2, 2006


The avant-garde string quartet Ethel performs the third movement from Phil Kline's four-part suite "The Blue Room and Other Stories." Searching melodic lines show off the deep, emotional musicality of these passionate players.

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

TED2007

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

March 3, 2007


Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

TEDSalon 2006

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

December 1, 2006


In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas: How PhotoSynth can connect the world's images

TED2007

Blaise Agüera y Arcas: How PhotoSynth can connect the world's images

March 3, 2007


Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

TED2007

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

March 3, 2007


"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.