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How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich

March 20th, 2019


Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find …

3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit

March 19th, 2019


Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can …

The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

March 18th, 2019


Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. …

How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma

March 15th, 2019


AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time -- like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job …

Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran

March 14th, 2019


Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in …

Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart

March 13th, 2019


The Earth and Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials -- which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What's responsible for …

The creative power of misfits | WorkLife with Adam Grant

March 12th, 2019


Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo -- just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Audio only)

The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

March 11th, 2019


How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater …

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

March 8th, 2019


We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author …

The most powerful woman you've never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

March 7th, 2019


Everyone's heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called "the architect of the civil rights movement," Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation's most legendary activists -- like …

How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski

March 6th, 2019


From floppy disks to thumb drives, every method of storing data eventually becomes obsolete. What if we could find a way to store all the world's …

A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo

March 5th, 2019


César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to …

How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi

March 4th, 2019


Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and …

How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy

March 1st, 2019


In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new …

Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema

February 28th, 2019


Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa's oldest autocracy. She's learned two truths along the way: …

The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

February 27th, 2019


The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and …

A juror's reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood

February 26th, 2019


Lindy Lou Isonhood grew up in a town where the death penalty was a fact of life, part of the unspoken culture. But after she served as a juror in a …

An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael

February 25th, 2019


What is a border? It's a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a …

How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta

February 22nd, 2019


"Sí, se puede!" -- "Yes, we can!" It's the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she's lived by it in her …

How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty

February 21st, 2019


There's no greater freedom than finding your purpose, says education advocate Ashweetha Shetty. Born to a poor family in rural India, Shetty didn't let the social norms of her community stifle her dreams and silence her …

How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock

February 20th, 2019


When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids …

What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

February 20th, 2019


In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn't …

What is the meaning of work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman

February 19th, 2019


Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient -- but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the …

Lessons from past presidents | Doris Kearns Goodwin

February 18th, 2019


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares …

The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez

February 15th, 2019


Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate …

A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

February 14th, 2019


In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what …

3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow

February 13th, 2019


What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn't be …

How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

February 12th, 2019


Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could …

Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

February 12th, 2019


Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher …

How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

February 11th, 2019


Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to …

America's forgotten working class | J.D. Vance

February 8th, 2019


J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing …

What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

February 7th, 2019


There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening …

How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

February 6th, 2019


You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither …

The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak

February 5th, 2019


Is women's sexuality more complicated than men's? Well, not really, no, says author Sarah Barmak. In this frank, eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped this discussion for …

How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane

February 4th, 2019


The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that …

How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

February 1st, 2019


"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she …

An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

January 31st, 2019


What job is best for a young man who's been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about ... astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he's accepted and the …

The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

January 31st, 2019


Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? …

The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

January 30th, 2019


In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a …

Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman

January 30th, 2019


What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in 1973 -- from the …

Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis

January 29th, 2019


The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful …

The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

January 28th, 2019


Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger …

A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

January 25th, 2019


What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving …

Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next | The TED Interview

January 24th, 2019


Join head of TED Chris Anderson for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from …

What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson

January 23rd, 2019


The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic …

How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

January 22nd, 2019


From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe …

How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson

January 21st, 2019


If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves …

The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

January 18th, 2019


Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. …

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

January 17th, 2019


You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this …

Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

January 17th, 2019


The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the …

How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

January 16th, 2019


If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for …

Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

January 15th, 2019


Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice …

3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

January 14th, 2019


Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching …

Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose

January 11th, 2019


A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific …

The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu

January 10th, 2019


How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new …

What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale

January 9th, 2019


Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on …

How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar

January 8th, 2019


India has the second largest population of any country in the world -- yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she …

What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro

January 8th, 2019


What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin …

The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams

January 7th, 2019


Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that …

The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

January 4th, 2019


Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. …

How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle

January 3rd, 2019


Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always …

In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

January 2nd, 2019


As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed …

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

January 1st, 2019


Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this …

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

December 31st, 2018


There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way …

You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

December 28th, 2018


Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions …

How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier

December 27th, 2018


In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge …

The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

December 26th, 2018


In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star …

How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

December 25th, 2018


At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to …

How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

December 24th, 2018


Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances …

Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

December 21st, 2018


Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary" -- those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana …

The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze

December 20th, 2018


Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions …

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

December 19th, 2018


Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap | Darrick Hamilton

December 18th, 2018


Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do …

How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson

December 18th, 2018


In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization …

The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

December 17th, 2018


Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing …

The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe

December 14th, 2018


How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, …

How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff

December 13th, 2018


Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just …

How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris

December 13th, 2018


The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually …

Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif

December 12th, 2018


Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time -- when …

3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd

December 11th, 2018


What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation …

How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore

December 10th, 2018


When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children -- without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, …

The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo

December 7th, 2018


Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, …

Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil

December 6th, 2018


Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. …

How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

December 5th, 2018


How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT …

3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

December 4th, 2018


How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor -- she lost that hotly contested …

Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang

December 3rd, 2018


Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when …

Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

December 1st, 2018


The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive …

Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

November 30th, 2018


In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, …

The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera

November 29th, 2018


With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero -- one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares …

100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann

November 28th, 2018


What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a …

When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany

November 27th, 2018


Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita …

The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg

November 26th, 2018


Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G -- the basic units of DNA. But now that's …

What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg

November 23rd, 2018


On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, …

Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for ... everything | The TED Interview

November 22nd, 2018


As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir "Eat Pray Love" was a sensation precisely because of her eloquent, open-hearted descriptions of fear, …

Where do your online returns go? | Aparna Mehta

November 21st, 2018


Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do …

How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux

November 20th, 2018


Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled -- today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares …

How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar

November 19th, 2018


Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, …

Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker

November 17th, 2018


Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, …

How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis | Alexander Belcredi

November 16th, 2018


Viruses have a bad reputation -- but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating …

A librarian's case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek

November 15th, 2018


Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this …

Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

November 14th, 2018


What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility …

My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

November 13th, 2018


Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on …

What to trust in a "post-truth" world | Alex Edmans

November 12th, 2018


Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how …

What it's like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed

November 10th, 2018


When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential …

The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis

November 9th, 2018


Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments -- a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to …

The global goals we've made progress on -- and the ones we haven't | Michael Green

November 8th, 2018


"We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea," says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a …

How kids can help design cities | Mara Mintzer

November 7th, 2018


Adults tend to think of kids as "future citizens" -- their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the …

How I accidentally changed the way movies get made | Franklin Leonard

November 7th, 2018


How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it's groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box …

Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail | Özlem Cekic

November 6th, 2018


Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament -- becoming the first female Muslim to …

The case for curiosity-driven research | Suzie Sheehy

November 5th, 2018


Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how …

Science can answer moral questions | Sam Harris

November 3rd, 2018


Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be …

A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw

November 2nd, 2018


How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining …

How to let go of being a "good" person -- and become a better person | Dolly Chugh

November 1st, 2018


What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social …

How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy | Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad

October 31st, 2018


Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council …

Is war between China and the US inevitable? | Graham Allison

October 30th, 2018


Taking lessons from a historical pattern called "Thucydides's Trap," political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant …

What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman

October 30th, 2018


Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work -- essential things like the domain name system and …

How isolation fuels opioid addiction | Rachel Wurzman

October 29th, 2018


What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman -- and this critical discovery …

Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars | David Deutsch

October 27th, 2018


Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first …

How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? | Charles C. Mann

October 26th, 2018


By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science …

My quest to defy gravity and fly | Elizabeth Streb

October 25th, 2018


Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She's jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a …

How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm

October 24th, 2018


What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found …

How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore

October 24th, 2018


A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking …

How nationalism and globalism can coexist | Wanis Kabbaj

October 23rd, 2018


Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can …

How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change | Vinay Shandal

October 22nd, 2018


In a talk that's equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world's top activist investors, showing how individuals …

Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

October 20th, 2018


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal …

What does the universe sound like? A musical tour | Matt Russo

October 19th, 2018


Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it's often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of …

The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home | Daniel Kraft

October 18th, 2018


We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a …

5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström

October 17th, 2018


In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model -- a new …

The key to a better malaria vaccine | Faith Osier

October 16th, 2018


The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago -- yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we …

Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling

October 16th, 2018


We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct …

Let's protect the oceans like national parks | David Lang

October 15th, 2018


You don't have to be a scientist to help protect the world's oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang -- in fact, ordinary …

How whistle-blowers shape history | Kelly Richmond Pope

October 12th, 2018


Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they've shared information that has shaped society -- and why …

What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work -- and vice versa | Chip Conley

October 11th, 2018


For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got …

What Americans agree on when it comes to health | Rebecca Onie

October 10th, 2018


We may not be as deeply divided as we think -- at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie …

3 ways to create a space that moves you, from a Broadway set designer | David Korins

October 9th, 2018


You don't have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins -- you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like "Hamilton" and "Dear Evan …

How cryptocurrency can help start-ups get investment capital | Ashwini Anburajan

October 9th, 2018


We're living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan -- but venture capital hasn't evolved to keep up, and start-ups …

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | Alex Honnold

October 8th, 2018


Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber …

The secrets of spider venom | Michel Dugon

October 5th, 2018


Spider venom can stop your heart within minutes, cause unimaginable pain -- and potentially save your life, says zoologist Michel Dugon. As a …

3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace | Melinda Epler

October 4th, 2018


We're taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that's not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our …

Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business | Christine Porath

October 3rd, 2018


Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed …

What doctors should know about gender identity | Kristie Overstreet

October 2nd, 2018


Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites …

How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families | DeAndrea Salvador

October 2nd, 2018


Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow DeAndrea Salvador is working to reduce energy costs so that no …

3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

October 1st, 2018


Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In …

How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky

September 28th, 2018


Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal …

How to build a thriving music scene in your city | Elizabeth Cawein

September 27th, 2018


How does a city become known as a "music city"? Publicist Elizabeth Cawein explains how thriving music scenes make cities healthier and happier and …

What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy

September 26th, 2018


In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits -- some dating back to the 1980s -- were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store …

How police and the public can create safer neighborhoods together | Tracie Keesee

September 25th, 2018


We all want to be safe, and our safety is intertwined, says Tracie Keesee, cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity. Sharing lessons she's learned …

I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

September 24th, 2018


What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside …

How I became part sea urchin | Catherine Mohr

September 21st, 2018


As a young scientist, Catherine Mohr was on her dream scuba trip -- when she put her hand right down on a spiny sea urchin. While a school of sharks …

Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

September 20th, 2018


Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking …

How we could teach our bodies to heal faster | Kaitlyn Sadtler

September 20th, 2018


What if we could help our bodies heal faster and without scars, like Wolverine in X-Men? TED Fellow Kaitlyn Sadtler is working to make this dream a …

Why the hospital of the future will be your own home | Niels van Namen

September 19th, 2018


Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it's because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But …

The press trampled on my privacy. Here's how I took back my story | Kate Stone

September 18th, 2018


After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative -- and help prevent others from …

Why we choke under pressure -- and how to avoid it | Sian Leah Beilock

September 18th, 2018


When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock …

Your fingerprints reveal more than you think | Simona Francese

September 17th, 2018


Our fingerprints are what make us unique -- but they're also home to a world of information hidden in molecules that reveal our actions, lifestyles …

3 ways to make better decisions -- by thinking like a computer | Tom Griffiths

September 14th, 2018


If you ever struggle to make decisions, here's a talk for you. Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths shows how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for …

How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang

September 13th, 2018


For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that …

How I'm using LEGO to teach Arabic | Ghada Wali

September 13th, 2018


After a visit to a European library in search of Arabic and Middle Eastern texts turned up only titles about fear, terrorism and destruction, Ghada …

What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill

September 12th, 2018


Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral …

Did the global response to 9/11 make us safer? | Benedetta Berti

September 11th, 2018


If we want sustainable, long-term security to be the norm in the world, it's time to radically rethink how we can achieve it, says TED Fellow and conflict researcher Benedetta Berti. In an eye-opening talk, Berti …

A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable | Andrew Bastawrous

September 10th, 2018


In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along …

How AI could compose a personalized soundtrack to your life | Pierre Barreau

September 10th, 2018


Meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history's greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions …

A love letter to realism in a time of grief | Mark Pollock and Simone George

September 7th, 2018


When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer …

Let's launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp

September 6th, 2018


When we talk about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide gets the most attention -- but methane, which often escapes unseen from pipes and wells, has a far greater immediate impact on global warming. Environmentalist Fred …

3 ways businesses can fight sex trafficking | Nikki Clifton

September 6th, 2018


Sex buying doesn't just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town -- it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an …

What commercialization is doing to cannabis | Ben Cort

September 5th, 2018


In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and added to what has fast become a multibillion-dollar global industry for all things weed-related: from vape …

How data is helping us unravel the mysteries of the brain | Steve McCarroll

September 4th, 2018


Geneticist Steve McCarroll wants to make an atlas of all the cells in the human body so that we can understand in precise detail how specific genes …

The new American Dream | Courtney E. Martin

September 3rd, 2018


For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn't be a cause …

Let's get honest about our money problems | Tammy Lally

August 31st, 2018


Struggling to budget and manage finances is common -- but talking honestly and openly about it isn't. Why do we hide our problems around money? In …

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

August 30th, 2018


When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, …

How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

August 30th, 2018


Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an …

How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu

August 29th, 2018


China is the world's biggest polluter -- and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it …

A rare galaxy that's challenging our understanding of the universe | Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

August 28th, 2018


What's it like to discover a galaxy -- and have it named after you? Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil lets us know in this quick talk about her team's surprising discovery of a mysterious new galaxy type.

How art can shape America's conversation about freedom | Dread Scott

August 27th, 2018


In this quick talk, visual artist Dread Scott tells the story of one of his most transgressive art installations, which drew national attention for its controversial use of the American flag and led to a landmark First …

Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

August 24th, 2018


New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays …

Don't fail fast -- fail mindfully | Leticia Gasca

August 23rd, 2018


We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out …

How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall

August 22nd, 2018


Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about …

To transform child welfare, take race out of the equation | Jessica Pryce

August 21st, 2018


In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution …

Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

August 21st, 2018


What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In …

How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha

August 20th, 2018


When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares …

How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

August 17th, 2018


Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San …

How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

August 16th, 2018


When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the …

What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation | DK Osseo-Asare

August 16th, 2018


In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of …

Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me) | Mary Maker

August 15th, 2018


After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of …

The little risks you can take to increase your luck | Tina Seelig

August 14th, 2018


Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not …

How teachers can help kids find their political voices | Sydney Chaffee

August 14th, 2018


Social justice belongs in our schools, says educator Sydney Chaffee. In a bold talk, she shows how teaching students to engage in activism helps them …

How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

August 13th, 2018


AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the …

Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

August 10th, 2018


Underneath every shiny new megacity, there's often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in …

A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

August 9th, 2018


Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what …

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | Marily Oppezzo

August 8th, 2018


When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get …

Why you don't like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger

August 7th, 2018


Your voice is indistinguishable from how other people see you, but your relationship with it is far from obvious. Rébecca Kleinberger studies how we use and understand our voices and the voices of others. She explains …

The gift and power of emotional courage | Susan David

August 6th, 2018


Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and …

Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

August 3rd, 2018


Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a …

The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

August 2nd, 2018


"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need …

There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

July 31st, 2018


Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but …

A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson

July 30th, 2018


In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the …

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

July 27th, 2018


Luvvie Ajayi isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says …

You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King

July 26th, 2018


Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, …

How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

July 25th, 2018


Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes …

How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace

July 24th, 2018


Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, …

How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease | Pratik Shah

July 24th, 2018


Today's AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient's disease. What if we could drastically reduce the …

Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms | Lucy Marcil

July 23rd, 2018


More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if …

How to train employees to have difficult conversations | Tamekia MizLadi Smith

July 20th, 2018


It's time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, …

Where are all the aliens? | Stephen Webb

July 19th, 2018


The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets -- so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has …

What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media | Mikhail Zygar

July 18th, 2018


History is written by the victors, as the saying goes -- but what would it look like if it was written by everyone? Journalist and TED Fellow Mikhail …

What your smart devices know (and share) about you | Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu

July 18th, 2018


Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a …

The power of diversity within yourself | Rebeca Hwang

July 17th, 2018


Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities -- Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States -- and for a long …

The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface | Will Marshall

July 16th, 2018


What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world's largest …

How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer

July 13th, 2018


Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division …

"The Last Serenade" | Lili Haydn

July 13th, 2018


In a stirring, emotional performance, violinist Lili Haydn plays a selection from her musical "The Last Serenade."

An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

July 12th, 2018


Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal …

A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi

July 12th, 2018


At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or …

How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson

July 11th, 2018


Biologist Dan Gibson edits and programs DNA, just like coders program a computer. But his "code" creates life, giving scientists the power to convert …

How we study the microbes living in your gut | Dan Knights

July 10th, 2018


There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut -- protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune …

How farming could employ Africa's young workforce -- and help build peace | Kola Masha

July 10th, 2018


Africa's youth is coming of age rapidly, but job growth on the continent isn't keeping up. The result: financial insecurity and, in some cases, a …

The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | Gary Liu

July 9th, 2018


The Chinese internet has grown at a staggering pace -- it now has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and …

A crash course in organic chemistry | Jakob Magolan

July 6th, 2018


Jakob Magolan is here to change your perception of organic chemistry. In an accessible talk packed with striking graphics, he teaches us the basics …

A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox

July 5th, 2018


Our planet has a carbon problem -- if we don't start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we'll grow hotter, faster. Chemical engineer …

Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman

July 4th, 2018


The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early …

How we're saving one of Earth's last wild places | Steve Boyes

July 3rd, 2018


Navigating territorial hippos and active minefields, TED Fellow Steve Boyes and a team of scientists have been traveling through the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest remaining wetland wilderness, to explore and protect …

Why teens confess to crimes they didn't commit | Lindsay Malloy

July 3rd, 2018


Why do juveniles falsely confess to crimes? What makes them more vulnerable than adults to this shocking, counterintuitive phenomenon? Through the …

The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet | Penny Chisholm

July 2nd, 2018


Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A …

How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff

June 29th, 2018


Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air …

The agony of opioid withdrawal -- and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

June 28th, 2018


The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an …

The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

June 27th, 2018


In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star …

Bridges should be beautiful | Ian Firth

June 27th, 2018


Bridges need to be functional, safe and durable, but they should also be elegant and beautiful, says structural engineer Ian Firth. In this …

The symbols of systemic racism -- and how to take away their power | Paul Rucker

June 26th, 2018


Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. A collector of artifacts …

What if we eliminated one of the world's oldest diseases? | Caroline Harper

June 26th, 2018


Thousands of years ago, ancient Nubians drew pictures on tomb walls of a terrible disease that turns the eyelids inside out and causes blindness. This disease, trachoma, is still a scourge in many parts of the world …

How we can design timeless cities for our collective future | Vishaan Chakrabarti

June 25th, 2018


There's a creeping sameness in many of our newest urban buildings and streetscapes, says architect Vishaan Chakrabarti. And this physical homogeneity …

The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle

June 22nd, 2018


Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals …

Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild

June 21st, 2018


What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross …

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings

June 21st, 2018


Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" -- but not without …

How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod

June 20th, 2018


The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation …

Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum

June 19th, 2018


What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face …

The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal

June 18th, 2018


In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising …

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty

June 15th, 2018


Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired …

How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

June 14th, 2018


In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood …

The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni

June 14th, 2018


Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an …

How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark

June 13th, 2018


Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we're restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT …

What we'll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques

June 12th, 2018


In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to …

The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal

June 12th, 2018


In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move …

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

June 11th, 2018


Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this …

The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean's twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik

June 8th, 2018


What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface? Heidi M. Sosik …

Inside the fight against Russia's fake news empire | Olga Yurkova

June 7th, 2018


When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in …

Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve | Enric Sala

June 6th, 2018


What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the …

How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green

June 6th, 2018


Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin …

What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig

June 5th, 2018


If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents …

The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski

June 5th, 2018


Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in …

Why theater is essential to democracy | Oskar Eustis

June 4th, 2018


Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director …

How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource | Aaswath Raman

June 1st, 2018


What if we could use the cold darkness of outer space to cool buildings on earth? In this mind-blowing talk, physicist Aaswath Raman details the …

How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr

May 31st, 2018


Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows …

What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown

May 31st, 2018


Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing …

How we'll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr

May 30th, 2018


Humans will soon have new bodies that forever blur the line between the natural and synthetic worlds, says bionics designer Hugh Herr. In an …

A teen scientist's invention to help wounds heal | Anushka Naiknaware

May 29th, 2018


Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of …

This simple test can help kids hear better | Susan Emmett

May 29th, 2018


Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor -- much less to an audiologist's clinic for expensive, complex tests to …

How to talk to veterans about war | Wes Moore

May 28th, 2018


Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain -- …

Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang

May 25th, 2018


Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own …

How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes

May 24th, 2018


Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide -- but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to …

How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson

May 24th, 2018


Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies "teaming," where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual …

How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine

May 23rd, 2018


With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, …

The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx

May 22nd, 2018


Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his …

What it's like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain

May 22nd, 2018


Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the …

Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee

May 21st, 2018


Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we …

Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari

May 18th, 2018


In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and …

How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad

May 17th, 2018


TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She …

The age-old sharing economies of Africa -- and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth

May 17th, 2018


From rides to homes and beyond, we're sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing …

Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan

May 16th, 2018


"You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science," says Kirsty Duncan, Canada's first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that …

The problem with all-stars | WorkLife with Adam Grant

May 15th, 2018


The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins …

The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam

May 15th, 2018


Local humanitarians are beacons of light in the darkness of war, says humanitarian aid entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rola Hallam. She's working to help …

A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth

May 14th, 2018


What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening …

The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski

May 11th, 2018


Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there's a disconnect between physical response and the experience of …

What it's like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs

May 10th, 2018


LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating …

Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel

May 9th, 2018


Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.

A playful solution to the housing crisis | Sarah Murray

May 8th, 2018


Frustrated by her lack of self-determination in the housing market, Sarah Murray created a computer game that allows home buyers to design a house …

How Baltimore called a ceasefire | Erricka Bridgeford

May 8th, 2018


In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood -- what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the …

What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo

May 7th, 2018


Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now …

How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

May 4th, 2018


Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances …

To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas

May 3rd, 2018


What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit …

It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn

May 2nd, 2018


To make accountability the norm after gender violence in the United States, we need to change tactics, says victims' rights attorney and TED Fellow …

How a male contraceptive pill could work | John Amory

May 1st, 2018


Andrologist John Amory is developing innovative male contraception that gives men a new option for taking responsibility to prevent unintended …

Why tech needs the humanities | Eric Berridge

May 1st, 2018


If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences, says entrepreneur Eric …

Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron

April 27th, 2018


Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People" -- but he's found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. …

What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry

April 26th, 2018


Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn't get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking …

How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly

April 26th, 2018


When lawyer Sarah Donnelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to her friends and family for support -- but she also found meaning, focus and stability in her work. In a personal talk about why and how she …

A woman's fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross

April 25th, 2018


The global collection of women's experiences can no longer be ignored, says actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross. In a candid, fearless talk, she …

Visions of Africa's future, from African filmmakers | Dayo Ogunyemi

April 24th, 2018


By expanding boundaries, exploring possibilities and conveying truth, films have helped change Africa's reality (even before "Black Panther"). Dayo Ogunyemi invites us to imagine Africa's future through the lens of …

War and what comes after | Clemantine Wamariya

April 24th, 2018


Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan Civil War forced her and her sister to flee their home in Kigali, leaving their parents and …

SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell

April 23rd, 2018


What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race …

A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers

April 20th, 2018


Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day …

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