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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/1Al GoreAverting the climate crisis
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.
February-06TED20060:16:176/27/06
cars,alternative energy,culture,politics,science,climate change,environment,sustainability,global issues,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/7David PogueSimplicity sells
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.
February-06TED20060:21:266/27/06
simplicity,computers,software,interface design,music,media,entertainment,performance,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/92Hans RoslingThe best stats you've ever seen
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."
February-06TED20060:19:506/27/06
Asia,statistics,math,Google,Africa,economics,health,demo,visualizations,global development,global issues
5
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/66Ken RobinsonDo schools kill creativity?Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.February-06TED20060:19:246/27/06dance,education,culture,parenting,children,teaching,creativity
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/53Majora CarterGreening the ghetto
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.
February-06TED20060:18:366/27/06MacArthur grant,pollution,activism,politics,inequality,cities,environment,green,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/96Tony RobbinsWhy we do what we doTony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.February-06TED20060:21:456/27/06goal-setting,psychology,motivation,culture,potential,politics,entertainment,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/49Joshua Prince-RamusBehind the design of Seattle's library
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.
February-06TED20060:19:587/10/06library,culture,architecture,design,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/86Julia SweeneyLetting go of God
When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."
February-06TED20060:16:327/10/06atheism,Christianity,God,culture,comedy,religion,performance,storytelling,humor
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/94Dan DennettLet's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
February-06TED20060:24:457/18/06
atheism,TED Brain Trust,consciousness,God,philosophy,cognitive science,evolution,brain,religion
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/71Rick WarrenA life of purpose
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.
February-06TED20060:21:027/18/06philanthropy,Christianity,God,happiness,motivation,culture,religion,leadership
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/54Cameron SinclairMy wish: A call for open-source architecture
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.
February-06TED20060:23:347/25/06
philanthropy,open-source,invention,culture,activism,architecture,disaster relief,design,global issues,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/55Jehane NoujaimMy wish: A global day of filmJehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.February-06TED20060:25:387/25/06TED Prize,film,culture,social change,entertainment,storytelling,global issues,art,peace
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/58Larry BrilliantMy wish: Help me stop pandemics
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.
February-06TED20060:25:507/25/06TED Prize,ebola,disease,health,science,global issues,technology,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/65Jeff HanThe radical promise of the multi-touch interfaceJeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.February-06TED20060:08:478/1/06interface design,demo,design,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/41Nicholas NegroponteOne Laptop per ChildNicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."February-06TED20060:17:378/1/06
One Laptop Per Child,philanthropy,education,social change,entrepreneur,children,design,global issues,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/46Jennifer LinImprovising on piano, aged 14
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.
February-04TED20040:24:058/8/06wunderkind,music,piano,entertainment,performance,creativity
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/45Sirena HuangAn 11-year-old's magical violin
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.
February-06TED20060:24:418/8/06violin,wunderkind,youth,music,entertainment,performance
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/2Amy SmithSimple designs to save a life
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.
February-06TED20060:15:068/15/06
MacArthur grant,simplicity,industrial design,alternative energy,invention,engineering,design,global issues
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/27Ross LovegroveOrganic design, inspired by nature
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.
February-05TED20050:19:308/15/06industrial design,invention,product design,science and art,DNA,biology,nature,design,creativity
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/37Jimmy WalesThe birth of Wikipedia
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:20:018/21/06wikipedia,open-source,invention,culture,media,technology,business,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/25Richard BaraniukThe birth of the open-source learning revolution
In 2006, open-learning visionary Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions (now called OpenStax), an open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.
February-06TED20060:18:348/21/06open-source,library,education,culture,global issues,technology,business,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/21Mena TrottMeet the founder of the blog revolution
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.
February-06TED20060:16:468/25/06software,culture,design,entertainment,storytelling,business,communication,community
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/87Ze FrankNerdcore comedy
Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.
February-04TED20040:18:568/25/06
dance,software,demo,culture,comedy,entertainment,performance,humor,collaboration,community
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/64Eve EnslerHappiness in body and soul
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.
February-04TED20040:20:259/6/06gender,happiness,theater,culture,women,entertainment,performance,storytelling,global issues
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/16Helen FisherWhy we love, why we cheat
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.
February-06TED20060:23:279/6/06love,gender,relationships,cognitive science,psychology,evolution,culture,science
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/47David DeutschChemical scum that dream of distant quasars
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:009/12/06cosmos,universe,physics,culture,science,climate change,environment,global issues,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/98Richard DawkinsWhy the universe seems so strange
Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:21:569/12/06cosmos,cognitive science,psychology,astronomy,physics,evolution,biology,science
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/20Malcolm GladwellChoice, happiness and spaghetti sauce
"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.
February-04TED20040:17:309/19/06consumerism,marketing,economics,culture,media,food,choice,storytelling,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/29Steven LevittThe freakonomics of crack dealing
"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.
February-04TED20040:21:159/19/06narcotics,race,economics,culture,cities,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/93Barry SchwartzThe paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:379/26/06
happiness,economics,psychology,decision-making,culture,personal growth,potential,choice,business
32
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/97Dan GilbertThe surprising science of happiness
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
February-04TED20040:21:169/26/06TED Brain Trust,happiness,psychology,evolution,brain,culture,choice,science
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/39Aubrey de GreyA roadmap to end aging
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:22:4510/2/06biotech,disease,health care,aging,science,engineering,future,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/12Eva VertesMeet the future of cancer research
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.
February-05TED20050:18:4910/2/06wunderkind,cancer,disease,health,science,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/79Iqbal QuadirHow mobile phones can fight poverty
Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:15:5210/10/06
telecom,transportation,alternative energy,microfinance,invention,poverty,investment,culture,global development,global issues,technology,business,communication
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/91Jacqueline NovogratzInvest in Africa's own solutionsJacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:12:5310/10/06
TED Brain Trust,philanthropy,microfinance,Africa,poverty,investment,culture,global development,entrepreneur,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/3Ashraf GhaniHow to rebuild a broken state
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:18:4510/18/06
corruption,poverty,economics,investment,military,culture,politics,policy,global development,entrepreneur,global issues,business
38
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/75Sasa VucinicWhy we should invest in a free press
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."
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:18:0010/18/06philanthropy,investment,culture,media,global issues,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/89Ben SaundersWhy did I ski to the North Pole?
Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.
February-05TED20050:18:0310/25/06
travel,sports,culture,personal growth,potential,exploration,climate change,global issues,technology
40
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/4Burt RutanThe real future of space exploration
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.
February-06TED20060:19:3710/25/06
aircraft,flight,industrial design,NASA,rocket science,invention,engineering,entrepreneur,design,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/59BonoMy wish: Three actions for Africa
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.
February-05TED20050:27:5210/31/06
philanthropy,AIDS,Africa,poverty,activism,politics,social change,leadership,entertainment,global issues
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/56Edward Burtynsky
My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education
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.
February-05TED20050:34:2510/31/06TED Prize,pollution,photography,culture,social change,cities,environment,design,art
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/57Robert FischellMy wish: Three unusual medical inventions
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.
February-05TED20050:26:4910/31/06TED Prize,invention,disease,health care,medicine,science,technology,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/22Michael ShermerWhy people believe weird things
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.
February-06TED20060:13:2511/8/06faith,illusion,culture,religion,science,entertainment
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/67Peter DonnellyHow juries are fooled by statistics
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:21:2011/8/06statistics,genetics,culture,science,technology
46
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/19Kevin KellyHow technology evolves
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.
February-05TED20050:20:0011/14/06philosophy,evolution,culture,choice,history,science,future,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/38Ray KurzweilThe accelerating power of technology
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.
February-05TED20050:22:5611/14/06TED Brain Trust,robots,biotech,invention,culture,science,future,technology,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/23Peter GabrielFight injustice with raw video
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.
February-06TED20060:14:0812/6/06
TED Brain Trust,film,culture,music,activism,social change,storytelling,global issues,collaboration,art
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/10Dean Ornish
The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet
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.
February-06TED20060:03:1812/14/06obesity,disease,health,health care,culture,food,science,global issues
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/70Richard St. John8 secrets of success
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.
February-05TED20050:03:3012/14/06happiness,success,education,psychology,culture,work,entertainment,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/26RivesIf I controlled the InternetHow many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.November-06TEDSalon 20060:04:0712/14/06love,poetry,philosophy,culture,entertainment,performance
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/62Bjorn LomborgGlobal priorities bigger than climate change
Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.
February-05TED20050:16:411/2/07
AIDS,Africa,economics,culture,disaster relief,choice,future,climate change,environment,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/36Robert NeuwirthThe hidden world of shadow cities
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:14:031/2/07
poverty,culture,politics,social change,policy,global development,entrepreneur,cities,future,global issues,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/34Phil BorgesPhotos of endangered cultures
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.
February-06TED20060:18:351/9/07photography,education,film,culture,activism,social change,design,storytelling,global issues,art
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/69Wade DavisDreams from endangered cultures
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.
February-03TED20030:22:011/9/07anthropology,photography,film,culture,language,environment,global issues
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/42Martin ReesIs this our final century?
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:17:261/17/07
cosmos,complexity,universe,astronomy,time,social change,leadership,science,climate change,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/68Robert WrightProgress is not a zero-sum game
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.
February-06TED20060:19:111/17/07culture,war,global issues,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/63Charles LeadbeaterThe era of open innovation
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:011/31/07
open-source,invention,economics,product design,culture,media,innovation,business,collaboration
59
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/61Steven JohnsonHow the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease
Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of <i>The Ghost Map</i>, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
November-06TEDSalon 20060:10:031/31/07map,disease,health,culture,history,science,cities,urban planning,design
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/60Anna Deavere SmithFour American characters
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."
February-05TED20050:23:052/9/07
MacArthur grant,sports,race,performance art,theater,interview,culture,United States,history,entertainment,performance,storytelling
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/24PilobolusA dance of "Symbiosis"
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.
February-05TED20050:13:452/9/07dance,science and art,science,nature,entertainment,performance
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/90Neil GershenfeldUnleash your creativity in a Fab Lab
MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
February-06TED20060:17:182/19/07
code,invention,computers,education,culture,social change,science,engineering,materials,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/48Saul GriffithEveryday inventionsInventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.February-06TED20060:14:292/19/07
MacArthur grant,open-source,invention,product design,innovation,design,materials,technology,collaboration
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/73Carl HonoréIn praise of slowness
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:152/28/07
happiness,work-life balance,health,psychology,culture,personal growth,potential,choice,parenting
65
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/85Bill ClintonMy wish: Rebuilding RwandaAccepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.March-07TED20070:24:074/3/07TED Prize,Africa,economics,health care,culture,global issues,technology,business
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/83E.O. WilsonMy wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.
March-07TED20070:22:354/3/07ants,TED Prize,insects,biology,science,nature,biodiversity,ecology,global issues,technology
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/84James NachtweyMy wish: Let my photographs bear witness
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
March-07TED20070:21:564/3/07photography,poverty,culture,activism,media,war,social change,storytelling,global issues,art
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/78Al SeckelVisual illusions that show how we (mis)think
Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
February-04TED20040:14:334/5/07illusion,cognitive science,psychology,brain,culture,design
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/74Alex SteffenThe route to a sustainable future
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:17:344/5/07
alternative energy,invention,culture,cities,environment,sustainability,design,global issues,business,collaboration
70
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/5Chris BangleGreat cars are great art
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.
February-02TED20020:20:044/5/07cars,industrial design,transportation,invention,design,technology,business,art
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/6Craig VenterSampling the ocean's DNA
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:16:514/5/07
biotech,invention,oceans,genetics,DNA,biology,science,entrepreneur,biodiversity,ecology,technology
72
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/9Dean KamenTo invent is to give
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).
February-02TED20020:20:074/5/07
robots,cars,industrial design,transportation,invention,education,innovation,social change,science,sustainability,technology,business
73
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/40Frans LantingThe story of life in photographs
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.
February-05TED20050:16:174/5/07photography,evolution,fish,animals,nature,design,storytelling,art
74
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/14Golan LevinSoftware (as) art
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.
February-04TED20040:14:534/5/07invention,software,music,entertainment,performance,technology,art
75
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/35James WatsonHow we discovered DNA
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.
February-05TED20050:20:114/5/07invention,genetics,DNA,culture,history,science,storytelling,technology
76
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/11Jane GoodallWhat separates us from chimpanzees?
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.
February-03TED20020:27:254/5/07primates,Africa,culture,science,environment,animals,nature,global issues
77
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/18Janine Benyus
Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers
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.
February-05TED20050:23:194/5/07biomimicry,DNA,evolution,biology,fish,science,environment,animals,design,technology
78
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/80Juan EnriquezThe life code that will reshape the future
Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.
February-03TED20030:22:204/5/07TED Brain Trust,biotech,invention,genetics,DNA,culture,science,technology,business
79
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/44Nick BostromA philosophical quest for our biggest problems
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:16:524/5/07happiness,philosophy,biotech,culture,future,global issues,technology
80
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/81Nora YorkSinging "What I Want"Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).December-06TEDSalon 20060:04:364/5/07poetry,live music,music,singer,entertainment,performance
81
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/43Paul BennettDesign is in the details
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.
July-05
TEDGlobal 2005
0:14:104/5/07industrial design,product design,design,business
82
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/28Seth GodinHow to get your ideas to spread
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.
February-03TED20030:17:014/5/07TED Brain Trust,marketing,culture,choice,storytelling,business
83
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/77Sheila PatekThe shrimp with a kick!
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.
February-04TED20040:16:254/5/07online video,oceans,biology,biomechanics,science,technology
84
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/50Stefan SagmeisterHappiness by design
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.
February-04TED20040:15:304/5/07typography,TED Brain Trust,happiness,design,art
85
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/76
Susan Savage-Rumbaugh
The gentle genius of bonobos
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.
February-04TED20040:17:254/5/07apes,education,genetics,intelligence,evolution,biology,culture,language,animals
86
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/31Thom MayneHow architecture can connect us
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.
February-05TED20050:20:404/5/07invention,culture,architecture,cities,design
87
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/32Vik MunizArt with wire, sugar, chocolate and string
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.
February-03TED20030:14:514/5/07Brazil,illusion,animation,design,creativity,art
88
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/101Caroline LavelleCasting a spell on the cello
Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.
February-05TED20050:07:394/6/07cello,music,vocals,entertainment,performance
89
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/102Dan DennettThe illusion of consciousness
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
February-03TED20030:21:484/6/07TED Brain Trust,consciousness,illusion,self,visualizations,brain,culture,entertainment
90
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/103Evelyn GlennieHow to truly listen
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
February-03TED20030:32:094/6/07live music,music,entertainment,performance,creativity
91
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/99Jill Sobule
Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"
A happy song about global warming, from Jill Sobule.February-06TED20060:02:434/6/07guitar,music,vocals,climate change,environment,performance
92
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/104William McDonoughCradle to cradle design
Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."
February-05TED20050:20:054/6/07
china,culture,architecture,cities,environment,sustainability,design,global issues,technology,business
93
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/105Jeff BezosThe electricity metaphor for the web's future
The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it’s more like the early days of the electric industry.
February-03TED20030:17:114/9/07
TED Brain Trust,invention,web,United States,innovation,history,entrepreneur,technology,business
94
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/108RivesA mockingbird remix of TED2006Rives recaps the most memorable moments of TED2006 in the free-spirited rhyming verse of a fantastical mockingbird lullaby.February-06TED20060:04:114/9/07spoken word,memory,poetry,entertainment,performance,storytelling
95
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/109Eddi Reader"What You've Got"
Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.
February-03TED20030:05:124/14/07guitar,performance art,composing,music,piano,vocals,potential,entertainment,performance
96
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/110Eddi Reader"Kiteflyer's Hill"Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.February-03TED20030:06:184/14/07memory,guitar,composing,music,piano,entertainment,performance
97
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/115Rachelle Garniez"La Vie en Rose"
Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."
February-04TED20040:03:214/16/07live music,music,entertainment,performance
98
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/113Richard DawkinsMilitant atheism
Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
February-02TED20020:29:104/16/07atheism,God,culture,religion,politics,science
99
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/112Tom HoneyWhy would God create a tsunami?
In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.
February-05TED20050:19:324/16/07natural disaster,God,philosophy,culture,disaster relief,religion,global issues
100
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/114Tom RiellyA comic sendup of TED2006
Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.
February-06TED20060:19:554/16/07culture,comedy,performance,humor
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