Golan Levin: Software (as) art

TED2004

Golan Levin: Software (as) art

February 27, 2004


Engineer and artist Golan Levin pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with audiovisuals and technology. In an amazing TED display, he shows two programs he wrote to perform his original compositions.

Frank Gehry: A master architect asks, Now what?

TED2002

Frank Gehry: A master architect asks, Now what?

February 28, 2002


In a wildly entertaining discussion with Richard Saul Wurman, architect Frank Gehry gives TEDsters his take on the power of failure, his recent buildings, and the all-important “Then what?” factor.

Eva Vertes: Meet the future of cancer research

TED2005

Eva Vertes: Meet the future of cancer research

February 26, 2005


Eva Vertes -- only 19 when she gave this talk -- discusses her journey toward studying medicine and her drive to understand the roots of cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

TED2002

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

March 1, 2002


Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.

Dean Ornish: The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet

TED2006

Dean Ornish: The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet

February 23, 2006


Forget the latest disease in the news: Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined -- and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits can save lives.

Dean Kamen: To invent is to give

TED2002

Dean Kamen: To invent is to give

February 2, 2002


Inventor Dean Kamen lays out his argument for the Segway and offers a peek into his next big ideas (portable energy and water purification for developing countries).

David Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

TED2002

David Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

February 2, 2002


In this emotionally charged conversation with journalist Kurt Andersen, designer David Rockwell discusses the process of building a viewing platform at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11.

David Pogue: Simplicity sells

TED2006

David Pogue: Simplicity sells

February 24, 2006


New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

Craig Venter: Sampling the ocean's DNA

TEDGlobal 2005

Craig Venter: Sampling the ocean's DNA

February 24, 2005


Genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean’s biodiversity.

Chris Bangle: Great cars are great art

TED2002

Chris Bangle: Great cars are great art

February 2, 2002


American designer Chris Bangle explains his philosophy that car design is an art form in its own right, with an entertaining -- and ultimately moving -- account of the BMW Group's Deep Blue project, intended to create the SUV of the future.

Burt Rutan: The real future of space exploration

TED2006

Burt Rutan: The real future of space exploration

February 24, 2006


In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.

Ashraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

TEDGlobal 2005

Ashraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

July 12, 2005


Ashraf Ghani's passionate and powerful 10-minute talk, emphasizing the necessity of both economic investment and design ingenuity to rebuild broken states, is followed by a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson on the future of Afghanistan.

Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life

TED2006

Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life

February 24, 2006


Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.

Al Gore: Averting the climate crisis

TED2006

Al Gore: Averting the climate crisis

February 25, 2006


With the same humor and humanity he exuded in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter "brand name" for global warming.