Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

TED2004

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

February 25, 2004


Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

TED2004

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

February 2, 2004


Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

TEDGlobal 2005

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

July 14, 2005


A free press -- papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs -- is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling "free press bonds."

Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future

TEDGlobal 2005

Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future

July 7, 2005


Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

TEDGlobal 2005

Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

July 7, 2005


Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

TED2004

Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

February 2, 2004


Chris Anderson, then the editor of Wired, explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous.

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

TED2006

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

February 25, 2006


Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

TED2005

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

February 23, 2005


Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

TED2003

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

February 3, 2003


With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

TED2006

Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

February 2, 2006


Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" -- the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point -- and how we can use it to help save humanity today.

Peter Donnelly: How juries are fooled by statistics

TEDGlobal 2005

Peter Donnelly: How juries are fooled by statistics

July 14, 2005


Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

TED2006

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

February 25, 2006


Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Jeff Han: The radical promise of the multi-touch interface

TED2006

Jeff Han: The radical promise of the multi-touch interface

February 6, 2006


Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

TED2004

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

February 4, 2004


Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

TEDGlobal 2005

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

July 14, 2005


In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.

Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change

TED2005

Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change

February 2, 2005


Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.

Steven Johnson: How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease

TEDSalon 2006

Steven Johnson: How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease

November 30, 2006


Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters

TED2005

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters

February 25, 2005


Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character."

Bono: My wish: Three actions for Africa

TED2005

Bono: My wish: Three actions for Africa

February 24, 2005


Musician and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TED Prize with a riveting talk, arguing that aid to Africa isn't just another celebrity cause; it's a global emergency.

Larry Brilliant: My wish: Help me stop pandemics

TED2006

Larry Brilliant: My wish: Help me stop pandemics

February 23, 2006


Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.

Robert Fischell: My wish: Three unusual medical inventions

TED2005

Robert Fischell: My wish: Three unusual medical inventions

February 24, 2005


Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.

Edward Burtynsky: My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education

TED2005

Edward Burtynsky: My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education

February 17, 2005


Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images -- stunning landscapes that document humanity's impact on the world -- help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability.

Jehane Noujaim: My wish: A global day of film

TED2006

Jehane Noujaim: My wish: A global day of film

February 26, 2006


Jehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.

Cameron Sinclair: My wish: A call for open-source architecture

TED2006

Cameron Sinclair: My wish: A call for open-source architecture

February 26, 2006


Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

TED2006

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

February 26, 2006


In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.

Amory Lovins: Winning the oil endgame

TED2005

Amory Lovins: Winning the oil endgame

February 2, 2005


In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.

Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design

TED2004

Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design

February 2, 2004


Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Behind the design of Seattle's library

TED2006

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Behind the design of Seattle's library

February 23, 2006


Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus takes the audience on dazzling, dizzying virtual tours of three recent projects: the Central Library in Seattle, the Museum Plaza in Louisville and the Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas.

Saul Griffith: Everyday inventions

TED2006

Saul Griffith: Everyday inventions

February 23, 2006


Inventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.

David Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

TEDGlobal 2005

David Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

July 14, 2005


Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.