Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Jennifer Lin: Improvising on piano, aged 14

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.