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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 to break the cycle of toxic 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 startups 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 startups aren't …

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 …
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