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


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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 philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effective altruism" -- and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

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How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take …

12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

March 22nd, 2019


A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human …

Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

March 21st, 2019


To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write -- we need to teach them how to manage their …

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 …

How do we find dignity at 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 …

A beginner's guide to quantum computing | 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, …

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. With a live …

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 …

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 …

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