Jennifer Lin: Improvising on piano, aged 14

TED2004

Jennifer Lin: Improvising on piano, aged 14

February 26, 2004


Pianist and composer Jennifer Lin gives a magical performance, talks about the process of creativity and improvises a moving solo piece based on a random sequence of notes.

Sirena Huang: An 11-year-old's magical violin

TED2006

Sirena Huang: An 11-year-old's magical violin

February 23, 2006


Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument.

Nick Bostrom: A philosophical quest for our biggest problems

TEDGlobal 2005

Nick Bostrom: A philosophical quest for our biggest problems

July 14, 2005


Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

TEDGlobal 2005

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

July 14, 2005


Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems.

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

TEDGlobal 2005

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

July 14, 2005


Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child

TED2006

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child

February 23, 2006


Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

TED2005

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

February 2, 2005


In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

TEDGlobal 2005

Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

July 14, 2005


Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

TED2005

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

February 24, 2005


Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

TEDGlobal 2005

Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

July 14, 2005


Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

Robert Neuwirth: The hidden world of shadow cities

TEDGlobal 2005

Robert Neuwirth: The hidden world of shadow cities

July 14, 2005


Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world’s squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.

James Watson: How we discovered DNA

TED2005

James Watson: How we discovered DNA

February 2, 2005


Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.

Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

TED2006

Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

February 23, 2006


Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them.

Thomas Barnett: Let's rethink America's military strategy

TED2005

Thomas Barnett: Let's rethink America's military strategy

February 2, 2005


In this bracingly honest talk, international security strategist Thomas Barnett outlines a post-Cold War solution for the foundering U.S. military that is both sensible and breathtaking in its simplicity: Break it in two.

Vik Muniz: Art with wire, sugar, chocolate and string

TED2003

Vik Muniz: Art with wire, sugar, chocolate and string

February 27, 2003


Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.

Thom Mayne: How architecture can connect us

TED2005

Thom Mayne: How architecture can connect us

February 25, 2005


Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form.

Steven Levitt: Surprising stats about child carseats

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Levitt: Surprising stats about child carseats

July 12, 2005


Steven Levitt shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids from dying in cars. However, during the question and answer session, he makes one crucial caveat.

Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

TED2004

Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

February 27, 2004


Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn’t lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

TED2003

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

February 27, 2003


In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Ross Lovegrove: Organic design, inspired by nature

TED2005

Ross Lovegrove: Organic design, inspired by nature

February 25, 2005


Designer Ross Lovegrove expounds his philosophy of “fat-free” design and offers insight into several of his extraordinary products, including the Ty Nant water bottle and the Go chair.

Rives: If I controlled the Internet

TEDSalon 2006

Rives: If I controlled the Internet

November 30, 2006


How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.

Richard Baraniuk: The birth of the open-source learning revolution

TED2006

Richard Baraniuk: The birth of the open-source learning revolution

February 23, 2006


Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.

Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

TED2005

Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

February 25, 2005


Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango…Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.

Peter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

TED2006

Peter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

February 23, 2006


Musician and activist Peter Gabriel shares his very personal motivation for standing up for human rights with the watchdog group WITNESS -- and tells stories of citizen journalists in action.

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

TED2006

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

February 23, 2006


Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

TED2006

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

February 23, 2006


The founding mother of the blog revolution, Movable Type's Mena Trott, talks about the early days of blogging, when she realized that giving regular people the power to share our lives online is the key to building a friendlier, more connected world.

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

TED2004

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

February 26, 2004


"Tipping Point" author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves

TED2005

Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves

February 24, 2005


Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers

TED2005

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers

February 24, 2005


In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

TED2006

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

February 24, 2006


Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.