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.

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.