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Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world's leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Dai… read more

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The truth about human population decline | Jennifer D. Sciubba

October 2nd, 2023


With birth rates falling, the worldwide human population is getting older and smaller. According to traditional thinking, this spells a future of …

This country runs on 98 percent renewable energy | Ramón Méndez Galain

September 29th, 2023


Fifteen years ago, Uruguay was experiencing an energy crisis brought on by its reliance on fossil fuels; today, the nation produces 98 percent of its electricity from renewable sources (and even exports extra energy to …

The world's rarest diseases — and how they impact everyone | Anna Greka

September 28th, 2023


Physician-scientist Anna Greka investigates the world's rarest genetic diseases, decoding the secrets of our cells through "molecular detective …

Why I gave my teenage daughter a vibrator | Robin Buckley

September 27th, 2023


"Why does a vibrator make us uncomfortable, but Viagra does not?" asks cognitive-behavioral coach Robin Buckley. Sharing her own personal story of empowering her teenage daughter to explore the power of pleasure, …

CRISPR's next advance is bigger than you think | Jennifer Doudna

September 26th, 2023


You've probably heard of CRISPR, the revolutionary technology that allows us to edit the DNA in living organisms. Biochemist and 2023 Audacious …

How I found myself -- by impersonating other people | Melissa Villaseñor

September 25th, 2023


Ever think you'd hear Sandra Bullock, Britney Spears and Dolly Parton in one TED Talk? Here they are, courtesy of "Saturday Night Live" star Melissa …

Are we the last generation -- or the first sustainable one? | Hannah Ritchie

September 22nd, 2023


The word "sustainability" gets thrown around a lot these days. But what does it actually mean for humanity to be sustainable? Environmental data scientist Hannah Ritchie digs into the numbers behind human progress …

The simple solution to fast fashion | Josephine Philips

September 21st, 2023


Your favorite pair of jeans -- the ones you refuse to throw out -- are actually a part of a global climate solution, says fashion entrepreneur …

Can AI help solve the climate crisis? | Sims Witherspoon

September 20th, 2023


"AI can be a transformational tool in our fight against climate change," says Sims Witherspoon, a leader at the AI research lab Google DeepMind. …

How to supercharge renewables and energize the world | Rebecca Collyer

September 19th, 2023


The power sector generates the electricity that sustains modern life -- but it's also the number one contributor to climate change. We need a swift and equitable shift to renewable energy, says 2023 Audacious Project …

Can the US and China take on climate change together? | Changhua Wu

September 18th, 2023


Climate change doesn't care about ideological divides, says policy analyst and China expert Changhua Wu. Here's what she says the US can learn from …

An extreme weather report from America's weatherman | Al Roker

September 15th, 2023


It's not just you: the weather is getting worse. And if there's one person who would know, it's "America's weatherman," Al Roker, who's spent decades …

How to solve the world's biggest problems | Natalie Cargill

September 14th, 2023


Sometimes the world's biggest issues can seem so intractable that meaningful change feels impossible. But what if the answer has been right in front …

The single most important parenting strategy | Becky Kennedy

September 13th, 2023


Everyone loses their temper from time to time — but the stakes are dizzyingly high when the focus of your fury is your own child. Clinical …

Birds aren't real? How a conspiracy takes flight | Peter McIndoe

September 12th, 2023


Peter McIndoe isn't a fan of birds. In fact, he has a theory about them that might shock you. Listen along to this eye-opening talk as it takes a turn and makes a larger point about conspiracies, truth and belonging in …

Does more freedom at work mean more fulfillment? | Sarah Aviram

September 11th, 2023


The flexibility to work from anywhere won't necessarily make you love your job, says HR leader Sarah Aviram. Sharing practical wisdom from research conducted while working remotely in 12 different countries, she reveals …

Our creative relationship with AI is just beginning | K Allado-McDowell

September 8th, 2023


K Allado-McDowell has co-written three books with AI, so they speak from experience when they say that nurturing a creative relationship with these systems can open minds and make new worlds possible. Before giving the …

How to take the BS out of business speak | Bob Wiltfong

September 7th, 2023


At its worst, "business speak" -- or the particular language we use at work -- can be jargony, confusing and even exclusionary. But it doesn't have …

Why you should stop setting goals (yes, really) | Emmanuel Acho

September 6th, 2023


In athletics, in business, in life, everyone sets goals. But that's not the way to excel, according to former NFL player Emmanuel Acho, now an author and TV sports analyst. Here's what he says to do instead.

How to hack your brain when you're in pain | Amy Baxter

September 5th, 2023


Have we misunderstood pain? Researcher and physician Amy Baxter unravels the symphony of connections that send pain from your body to your brain, explaining practical neuroscience hacks to quickly block those signals. …

How labor unions create worker power | How to Be a Better Human

September 4th, 2023


We don't know about you, but we are fans of weekends. And social security. And health insurance. And the end of child labor! And all of these workplace protections exist because of the advocacy of labor unions. In this …

How "digital twins" could help us predict the future | Karen Willcox

September 1st, 2023


From health-tracking wearables to smartphones and beyond, data collection and computer modeling have become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. …

The AI-powered tools supercharging your imagination | Bilawal Sidhu

August 31st, 2023


How is AI changing the nature of human imagination and creativity? Through a mind-bending tour of new techniques he's been tinkering with, creative …

Why rivals are working together to transform shipping | Bo Cerup-Simonsen

August 29th, 2023


What would it take to make global supply chains cleaner and greener? Bo Cerup-Simonsen -- who's helping decarbonize the maritime industry as CEO of …

The first-ever cargo ship powered by green fuel | Morten Bo Christiansen

August 29th, 2023


The shipping industry is vital to the global economy, but it's also a huge contributor to the climate crisis. Morten Bo Christiansen, a leader of the …

The dream of digital ownership, powered by the metaverse | Yat Siu

August 28th, 2023


Technologist Yat Siu believes the "open metaverse" -- a decentralized version of the internet also known as web3 -- is laying the foundation for a …

The "adjacent possible" -- and how it explains human innovation | Stuart Kauffman

August 25th, 2023


From the astonishing evolutionary advances of the Cambrian explosion to our present-day computing revolution, the trend of dramatic growth after …

How AI art could enhance humanity's collective memory | Refik Anadol

August 24th, 2023


With data as his paintbrush, media artist Refik Anadol trains AI algorithms to visualize the disappearing wonders of nature. He gives a beautiful …

What's it like to be a giant sequoia tree? | Ersin Han Ersin

August 23rd, 2023


Artist Ersin Han Ersin invites us to step inside a giant sequoia tree, peering through the bark into the tapestry of life within. Discover how his …

The molecular love story that could help power the world | Olivia Breese

August 22nd, 2023


The key to revolutionizing the world's energy landscape may lie in an unlikely love story, says energy innovator Olivia Breese. She details the …

How to meet your child's difficult behavior with compassion | Yvonne Newbold

August 21st, 2023


Yvonne Newbold's son, Toby, is one of the millions of young people living with a disability. Parenting Toby has offered her some lessons on how to …

A 3-part plan to take on extreme heat waves | Eleni Myrivili

August 18th, 2023


The deadliest severe weather phenomenon is something you might not realize: extreme heat. Eleni Myrivili, chief heat officer of the city of Athens, Greece, explains that extreme heat and heat waves are often overlooked …

The climate crisis is expensive -- here's who should pay for it | Avinash Persaud

August 17th, 2023


The developing world is most affected by climate change but has contributed the least to the problem. Meanwhile, rich countries historically …

A flavorful field guide to foraging | Alexis Nikole Nelson

August 16th, 2023


Whether it's dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show …

A mysterious design that appears across millennia | Terry Moore

August 15th, 2023


What can we make of a design that shows up over and over in disparate cultures throughout history? Theorist Terry Moore explores "Penrose tiling" -- …

Is the US headed towards another civil war? | Barbara F. Walter

August 14th, 2023


Based on her work for a CIA task force aimed at predicting civil wars, political scientist Barbara F. Walter examines the rise in extremism and …

How to discover your authentic self -- at any age | Bevy Smith

August 11th, 2023


In a talk packed with wry wisdom, pop culture queen Bevy Smith shares hard-earned lessons about authenticity, confidence, mature success and why, if …

The case for a 4-day work week | Juliet Schor

August 10th, 2023


The traditional approach to work needs a redesign, says economist Juliet Schor. She's leading four-day work week trials in countries like the US and …

How targeted ads might just save your life | Sandersan Onie

August 9th, 2023


Could the tech industry's complex algorithms support people during their darkest times, rather than just deliver targeted ads? Drawing from his own …

In the age of AI art, what can originality look like? | Eileen Isagon Skyers

August 8th, 2023


What happens when human and machine creativity meet? From an AI model trained on classic works to generate a seemingly infinite stream of portraits to a neural network that envisions otherworldly life-forms in …

What the fossil fuel industry doesn't want you to know | Al Gore

August 7th, 2023


In a blistering talk, Nobel Laureate Al Gore looks at the two main obstacles to climate solutions and gives his view of how we might actually solve …

The magic of a creative career | Michael Sheen

August 4th, 2023


The city of Port Talbot in South Wales is known for a few things: a steel mill, a proudly working class population and a passionate commitment to the …

Climate action is on the cusp of exponential growth | Simon Stiell

August 3rd, 2023


Climate action is speeding up -- and we each have the power to push that transformation forward. As the head of the UNFCCC, the UN's entity supporting the global response to climate change, Simon Stiell points to clear …

Why I built my own time machine | Lucas Rizzotto

August 2nd, 2023


Experiential artist Lucas Rizzotto was going through a tough breakup, so he did what anyone would do: he built a personal time machine. In a playful …

The power of an image -- and the mind behind it | Misan Harriman

August 1st, 2023


As a neurodivergent child going to school far from home, Misan Harriman found solace in the internet -- "an endless library of the extraordinary," as …

The beauty of building with mud and trash | Vinu Daniel

July 31st, 2023


What if we could use waste to create resilient and sustainable buildings? Bringing out the beauty of the dirt beneath our feet, climate-responsive …

Blindness isn't a tragic binary -- it's a rich spectrum | Andrew Leland

July 28th, 2023


When does vision loss become blindness? Writer, audio producer and editor Andrew Leland explains how his gradual loss of vision revealed a paradoxical truth about blindness -- and shows why it might have implications …

Can global food companies make the shift to regenerative agriculture? | Steve Presley

July 27th, 2023


Sharing the inside scoop on how the world's largest food company aims to reach net zero by 2050, Nestlé North America CEO Steve Presley joins TED's Lindsay Levin to discuss the progress they've made so far and where …

How to make sure materials get reused -- again and again | Garry Cooper

July 26th, 2023


What if we could harness the power and value of all that we discard? Circular economy builder Garry Cooper presents a compelling vision for …

Why change is so scary -- and how to unlock its potential | Maya Shankar

July 25th, 2023


Unexpected change like an accident, an illness or a relationship that suddenly ends is inevitable -- and disorienting. With a heartfelt and optimistic take on life's curveballs, cognitive scientist Maya Shankar shares …

Episode 1: The Internet's First Main Character? | The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks

July 24th, 2023


It's 1999, and sixteen years after its original release, a new Star Wars is finally coming. Fans have been camping out in front of theaters across the country just to be the first to see it. The beloved intergalactic …

The tree-growing movement restoring Africa's vital landscapes | Wanjira Mathai

July 21st, 2023


2023 Audacious Project grantee Wanjira Mathai is at the forefront of re-greening the planet. Through the forest restoration initiative Restore Local, she's working to help both Africa's people and its landscapes …

How to be a leader for climate justice | David Lammy and Justin J. Pearson

July 20th, 2023


Climate justice is taking center stage -- geopolitically, socially and morally. In a contagiously courageous conversation, Member of Parliament in …

The growing megafire crisis -- and how to contain it | George T. Whitesides

July 19th, 2023


Megafires, or fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are becoming more frequent worldwide, wreaking havoc on landscapes and communities -- and fire experts say the problem is only going to get worse. George T. …

Is remote work better than being in the office? It's complicated | Mark Mortensen

July 18th, 2023


Opinions about remote work are plentiful and conflicting -- but what does the research say? Organizational design expert Mark Mortensen identifies …

Could an orca give a TED Talk? | Karen Bakker

July 17th, 2023


What if we could hear nature's ultrasonic communication -- and talk back? From a bat's shrill speech to a peacock's infrasound mating call, …

Why are we making pizza boxes out of endangered trees? | Nicole Rycroft

July 14th, 2023


If we're going to solve the climate crisis, we need to talk about supply chains, says biodiversity champion and 2023 Audacious Project grantee Nicole …

Detroit's climate crisis -- and how to build a resilient future everywhere | Anika Goss

July 13th, 2023


How can cities become resilient to the shocks of climate change? As a leading force behind Detroit's ongoing revitalization, Anika Goss spends a lot of time thinking about this question. Connecting the city's industrial …

The renewable energy revolution happening in Ukraine | Maxim Timchenko

July 12th, 2023


What's it like keeping the lights on during war? Ukrainian energy executive Maxim Timchenko shares how his company has diversified Ukraine's power structures to survive Russian attacks, highlighting the resilience of …

Will superintelligent AI end the world? | Eliezer Yudkowsky

July 11th, 2023


Decision theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky has a simple message: superintelligent AI could probably kill us all. So the question becomes: Is it possible to …

War, AI and the new global arms race | Alexandr Wang

July 10th, 2023


Lethal drones with facial recognition, armed robots, autonomous fighter jets: we're at the dawn of a new age of AI-powered warfare, says technologist …

School is just the start. Here's how to help girls succeed for life | Angeline Murimirwa

July 7th, 2023


Education activist and 2023 Audacious Project grantee Angeline Murimirwa knows the power of educating girls, especially in places where they may not …

Why thinking about death helps you live a better life | Alua Arthur

July 6th, 2023


As a death doula, or someone who supports dying people and their loved ones, Alua Arthur spends a lot of time thinking about the end of life. In a …

How life on Earth adapts to you and me | Shane Campbell-Staton

July 5th, 2023


We tend to think of evolution as a slow, gradual process playing out over millions of years. But evolutionary biologist Shane Campbell-Staton says …

How to embrace – and challenge – the idea of "beauty" (w/ Elise Hu) | How to Be a Better Human

July 4th, 2023


Humans have always been captivated by beauty, and for almost as long, we've been marketed products and new technologies to help us achieve certain …

How your company can gain a global talent advantage | Johann Daniel Harnoss

July 3rd, 2023


If a diverse workforce makes a better company, why don't more businesses hire internationally? Innovation and migration strategist Johann Daniel Harnoss details the advantage of global talent and how to best build the …

How to unleash your inner maximalist through costume | Machine Dazzle

June 30th, 2023


Tapping into the transformational power of costume, concept artist Machine Dazzle takes us on a maximalist journey through art, history and fashion. From a jaw-droppingly intricate '60s bouffant ensemble to a 24-hour …

A liberating vision of identity that transcends labels | Jioji Ravulo

June 29th, 2023


How can we move past society's inclination to box people in with binary thinking and labels? Social work professor Jioji Ravulo believes we need to …

How to fund real change in your community | Rebecca Darwent

June 28th, 2023


Is there a way to give back that benefits everyone? Citing the success of collective giving practices from around the world, philanthropic advisor …

A powerful new neurotech tool for augmenting your mind | Conor Russomanno

June 27th, 2023


In an astonishing talk and tech demo, neurotechnologist Conor Russomanno shares his work building brain-computer interfaces that could enable us to …

A modern argument for the rights of animals | Peter Singer

June 26th, 2023


Why do we prioritize human rights over those of other species? Philosopher Peter Singer dives into what he calls "speciesism," the root of the widely ignored mistreatment of animals around the world, from factory farms …

Kung Fu, Star Trek and the many paths to spirituality | Rainn Wilson

June 24th, 2023


Do you feel overwhelmed by the complex issues facing our world, not to mention your own personal problems? Spirituality is the key to staying …

Why Iranians are cutting their hair for "Woman, Life, Freedom" | Sahar Zand

June 23rd, 2023


Filmmaker Sahar Zand vividly explores the ongoing struggle women face at the hands of Iranian morality police -- like living as second-class citizens …

Why are we so bad at reporting good news? | Angus Hervey

June 22nd, 2023


Why is good news so rare? In a special broadcast from the TED stage, journalist Angus Hervey sheds light on some of the incredible progress humanity has made across environmental protection, public health and more in …

A 3-step guide to believing in yourself | Sheryl Lee Ralph

June 21st, 2023


Sheryl Lee Ralph is a force, delivering iconic performances both on stage and screen. But she didn't always know if she'd make it big. In a lively talk sparkling with actionable advice, she shares how her struggles …

How to solve the education crisis for boys and men | Richard Reeves

June 20th, 2023


While studying inequality and social mobility, Richard Reeves made a surprising discovery: in some countries, like the US and UK, boys are drastically lagging behind girls across many academic measures. He explains why …

What is Juneteenth, and why is it important? | Karlos Hill and Soraya Field Fiorio

June 19th, 2023


At the end of the Civil War, though slavery was technically illegal in all states, it still persisted in the last bastions of the Confederacy. This was the case when Union General Gordon Granger marched his troops into …

No. You cannot touch my hair! | Mena Fombo

June 16th, 2023


Uninvited hair touching, an issue that primarily affects Black women and girls, is an invasion of personal space. To raise awareness of "hair attacks," activist Mena Fombo started the "No, You Cannot Touch My Hair" …

How to weave a cultural legacy through storytelling | Cohen Bradley

June 15th, 2023


"I think of legacy as the weaving together of our stories passed on as a whole," says Haida storyteller Cohen Bradley. Highlighting the significance …

The next global superpower isn't who you think | Ian Bremmer

June 14th, 2023


Who runs the world? Political scientist Ian Bremmer argues it's not as simple as it used to be. With some eye-opening questions about the nature of …

"STILL C U" / "Figures" | Jessie Reyez

June 13th, 2023


In between two songs that showcase her raw vocal powers, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez delivers an inspiring talk about how she's turned losses into wins -- and reminds us we're all capable of magic. (This talk …

Why is it so hard to get effective birth control in the US? | Mark Edwards

June 12th, 2023


Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, the result of millions of people being unable to get the birth control method that …

The natural building blocks of sustainable architecture | Michael Green

June 9th, 2023


If we're going to solve the climate crisis, we need to talk about construction. The four main building materials that humans currently use -- …

The outlaws of the ocean -- and how we're reeling them in | Tony Long

June 8th, 2023


Pirate fishing, oil spills and other undetected crimes are destroying ocean ecosystems -- but we can't stop what we can't see. Harnessing the power of satellite data and AI to catch maritime offenders in the act, ocean …

Nature, art and magical blocks of flying concrete | Lonneke Gordijn

June 7th, 2023


Our bodies instinctually respond to the movements and rhythms of nature, like the uplifting feeling you get when walking in a forest. Can art evoke the same emotions? Experiential artist Lonneke Gordijn takes us through …

How wireless energy from space could power everything | Ali Hajimiri

June 6th, 2023


Modern life runs on wireless technology. What if the energy powering our devices could also be transmitted without wires? Electrical engineer Ali …

Can we recreate the voice of a 3,000-year-old mummy? | David M. Howard

June 5th, 2023


Drawing on his work reconstructing the vocal tract of an ancient Egyptian priest, speech scientist David M. Howard shares three evolutionary wonders …

How to design a school for the future | Punya Mishra

June 2nd, 2023


In all the conversations about improving education for children, the voices of students, teachers and community members are often left out. Educational designer Punya Mishra offers a method to shift that paradigm, …

The poetry of everyday language | Julián Delgado Lopera

June 1st, 2023


In a captivating, poetic ode to the beauty and strength of mixed languages, writer Julián Delgado Lopera paints a picture of immigrant and queer …

5 steps to fix any problem at work | Anne Morriss

May 31st, 2023


In a practical, playful talk, leadership visionary Anne Morriss reinvents the playbook for how to lead through change -- with a radical, one-week …

Your right to mental privacy in the age of brain-sensing tech | Nita Farahany

May 30th, 2023


Neurotechnology, or devices that let you track your own brain activity, could help you deeply understand your health. But without privacy …

Could we treat Alzheimer's with light and sound? | Li-Huei Tsai

May 29th, 2023


What if we could use brain waves to treat Alzheimer's? Professor and neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai details a promising new approach to artificially …

The dinosaur detectives of real-life Jurassic parks | Martin Lockley

May 26th, 2023


Dinosaur tracks can teach us more about the day-to-day behavior of creatures like T. rex or the Stegosaurus than their skeletons ever could, says …

Are life-saving medicines hiding in the world's coldest places? | Normand Voyer

May 25th, 2023


Could the next wonder drug be somewhere in Canada's snowy north? Take a trip to this beautiful, frigid landscape as chemist Normand Voyer explores …

A foster care system where every child has a loving home | Sixto Cancel

May 24th, 2023


In the US, youth in foster care are nearly twice as likely as war veterans to suffer from PTSD. Placed in foster care at just 11 months old, 2023 …

Is someone you love suffering in silence? Here's what to do | Gus Worland

May 23rd, 2023


Lots of people talk about the need to be physically fit, but mentally fit? Not as much. In a powerful talk, mental health advocate Gus Worland shares …

The timeless, ancient language of art | Wangechi Mutu

May 22nd, 2023


Using found materials and mesmerizing structures that unearth deep-rooted emotions, Wangechi Mutu's visual creations celebrate our collective history …

The incredible creativity of deepfakes -- and the worrying future of AI | Tom Graham

May 19th, 2023


AI-generated media that looks and sounds exactly like the real world will soon permeate our lives. How should we prepare for it? AI developer Tom …

What makes a "good college" -- and why it matters | Cecilia M. Orphan

May 18th, 2023


Why are "good colleges" often the ones that accept the fewest students? Exposing the harmful consequences of society's obsession with highly …

Lessons from losing my mind | Andy Dunn

May 17th, 2023


Neurodiversity and innovation often go hand in hand, but does that mean visionary entrepreneurs get a free pass to say and do anything they want? Bonobos founder and mental health advocate Andy Dunn shares his …

3 ways your money can fight climate change | Veronica Chau

May 16th, 2023


What if we could solve the climate and housing crises at the same time? Financial institutions have pledged trillions to transform the economy and …

What the world can learn from China's innovation playbook | Keyu Jin

May 15th, 2023


In the last few decades, China has gone from technological scarcity to abundance. What sparked this shift? Economist Keyu Jin explores how China has …

The urgent risks of runaway AI -- and what to do about them | Gary Marcus

May 12th, 2023


Will truth and reason survive the evolution of artificial intelligence? AI researcher Gary Marcus says no, not if untrustworthy technology continues …

Does working hard really make you a good person? | Azim Shariff

May 11th, 2023


Around the world, people who work hard are often seen as morally good -- even if they produce little to no results. Social psychologist Azim Shariff …

How "second chance" laws could transform the US justice system | Sheena Meade

May 10th, 2023


More than 30 million people in the US are eligible to have their arrest and conviction records cleared -- but most people who qualify either can't afford it or simply don't know it's an option. In this gripping talk, …

The disappearing computer -- and a world where you can take AI everywhere | Imran Chaudhri

May 9th, 2023


In this exclusive preview of groundbreaking, unreleased technology, former Apple designer and Humane cofounder Imran Chaudhri envisions a future …

4 ways to have healthy conversations about race | Afrika Afeni Mills

May 8th, 2023


Learning how to have productive conversations about race is a necessary part of the human experience. Educator Afrika Afeni Mills says the best place to start is in the classroom -- because the earlier these skills are …

"Woman, Life, Freedom" in Iran -- and what it means for the rest of the world | Golshifteh Farahani

May 5th, 2023


In this poetic and moving reflection, actor, musician and activist Golshifteh Farahani honors those who have fought for "Woman, Life, Freedom" …

How poetry unlocked my superpowers | Keenan Scott II

May 4th, 2023


Keenan Scott Il's passion for words, stories and superheroes fueled his journey to becoming a celebrated playwright, producer, director and actor. Showing how language can illuminate the superhero in all of us, Scott …

3 money lessons from infamous scam artists | J Mase III

May 3rd, 2023


Scam artists know something about money that you don't -- and artist J Mase III is here to shed some light. From Elizabeth Holmes's false medical …

The science behind how parents affect child development | Yuko Munakata

May 2nd, 2023


Parents, take a deep breath: how your kids turn out isn't fully on you. Of course, parenting plays an important role in shaping who children become, …

How AI could save (not destroy) education | Sal Khan

May 1st, 2023


Sal Khan, the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, thinks artificial intelligence could spark the greatest positive transformation education has ever …

Why AI is incredibly smart and shockingly stupid | Yejin Choi

April 28th, 2023


Computer scientist Yejin Choi is here to demystify the current state of massive artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT, highlighting three key problems with cutting-edge large language models (including some funny …

The story that shapes your relationship with nature | Damon Gameau

April 27th, 2023


Are we separate and superior to nature? This question has been a driving force behind humanity's industrialization and economic progress for …

Pussy Riot's powerful message to Vladimir Putin | Nadya Tolokonnikova

April 26th, 2023


Nadya Tolokonnikova, founding member of the anti-Putin resistance group Pussy Riot, was named a top enemy of Russia for speaking out against Vladimir …

TikTok's CEO on its future -- and what makes its algorithm different | Shou Chew

April 25th, 2023


TikTok CEO Shou Chew dives into how the trend-setting video app and cultural phenomenon works — from what distinguishes its algorithm and drives …

How modern audiences can talk about aging art | Margaret Hall

April 24th, 2023


Some works of art stand the test of time; others don't age as well. Using American musical theater as her case study, theater historian Margaret Hall shares a framework of five categories to talk about how art does (and …

Kelli - "How do I deal with a communication breakdown?" | Fixable

April 23rd, 2023


This is an episode of Fixable, a new business call-in podcast from the TED Audio Collective hosted by Harvard Business professor Frances Frei and CEO …

How to feng shui your fridge -- and other happy climate hacks | Jiaying Zhao

April 21st, 2023


Is it possible for taking action on climate change to make you feel happy? Behavioral scientist Jiaying Zhao believes that's the only way we'll create lasting, sustainable change. From treat meals to feng shui fridges, …

The inside story of ChatGPT's astonishing potential | Greg Brockman

April 20th, 2023


In a talk from the cutting edge of technology, OpenAI cofounder Greg Brockman explores the underlying design principles of ChatGPT and demos some …

How to help employees with disabilities thrive | Tiffany Yu

April 19th, 2023


What can we do to make workplaces more welcoming to people living with disabilities? Representation advocate Tiffany Yu shares three ways that employers can change and tap into every worker's skills and gifts.

Mangroves, storm walls and other ways to protect coasts from climate change | Dave Sivaprasad

April 18th, 2023


Nearly 40 percent of humanity lives near a coast -- and no two coasts are the same. How can these communities build resilience to the increasing risks of climate change? Climate advisor Dave Sivaprasad outlines how to …

Why your life needs novelty, no matter your age | Kenneth Chabert

April 17th, 2023


To truly savor life, pursue "powerful first experiences," says storyteller and nonprofit founder Kenneth Chabert. Learn more about how to create …

4 kinds of regret -- and what they teach you about yourself | Daniel H. Pink

April 14th, 2023


Regret is one of our most powerful emotions -- and also one of the most misunderstood. Over the past two years, author Daniel H. Pink has collected a …

Language shouldn't be a barrier to climate action | Sophia Kianni

April 13th, 2023


Most scientific literature is written only in English, creating an alarming knowledge gap for the 75 percent of the world who don't speak it. That's a big problem for climate change -- because it's hard to take action …

4 ways to make hybrid work better for everyone | Tsedal Neeley

April 12th, 2023


How can we rethink hybrid work so it brings out the best in both in-person and distributed employees? Leadership expert Tsedal Neeley shares the changes that we need to make in order to create workplaces that actually …

What to do when there's a polar bear in your backyard | Alysa McCall

April 11th, 2023


As Arctic ice melts, polar bears are being forced on land -- and they're hungry. With the apex predators frequently turning to human junkyards for a …

Are you an ethical true crime fan? 4 questions to ask | Lindsey A. Sherrill

April 10th, 2023


From the Salem witch trials to Jack the Ripper, humanity's historic fascination for true crime content can be traced back to the Middle Ages. But is it ethical to consume these real-life dramas in the way we do? …

The rise of the "trauma essay" in college applications | Tina Yong

April 7th, 2023


As if college applications aren't stressful enough, disadvantaged youth are often encouraged to write about their darkest traumas in their admissions …

What will the dream car of the future be like? | Alex Koster

April 6th, 2023


Fasten your seat belt as software engineer Alex Koster takes us on a journey in what he calls the "software dream car" of the future. He breaks down …

5 steps to building a personal brand you feel good about | Marcos Salazar

April 5th, 2023


Whether you realize it or not, you have a personal brand, says social entrepreneur Marcos Salazar -- and you have the power to shape what it is. Here's how you can create a brand that captures who you are, who you'd …

A faster way to get to a clean energy future | Ramez Naam

April 4th, 2023


When it comes to cost, clean energy is bound to beat out fossil fuels, says technologist Ramez Naam. But the hesitancy to build amid the prevalence …

3 questions to build resilience -- and change the world | Sister True Dedication

April 3rd, 2023


Every moment of movement is a chance to become more aware of yourself and the world around you, says Zen Buddhist nun Sister True Dedication. Guiding …

Mind, Body, Spirit -- Part 1 | TED Radio Hour

April 2nd, 2023


For millennia, we have debated the mind, body, spirit connection. But today, it sounds trite, #selfcare. In this special series on the TED Radio Hour, we explore fresh ideas on how we think, move, and feel. Up first: …

Why autism is often missed in women and girls | Kate Kahle

March 31st, 2023


Women and girls with autism spectrum disorder often don't display the behaviors people typically associate with neurodivergence, greatly impacting when, how -- and if -- they are diagnosed. Autism acceptance advocate …

Does AI actually understand us? | Alona Fyshe

March 30th, 2023


Is AI as smart as it seems? Exploring the "brain" behind machine learning, neural networker Alona Fyshe delves into the language processing abilities of talkative tech (like the groundbreaking chatbot and internet …

The unexpected key to boosting your productivity | Dan Shipper

March 29th, 2023


Ever wished you could stop procrastinating and just be as efficient as a machine? Since you're a human, that's not going to happen -- but that's OK, …

How music can help you find peace after loss | Steven Sharp Nelson

March 28th, 2023


Music can act as a guide, says cellist Steven Sharp Nelson. It has the power to unlock the mind, tap into the heart and bring light in the darkest times. Take a deep breath as Nelson takes you on a melodic, meditative …

How do we get the world off fossil fuels quickly and fairly? | TED Countdown

March 27th, 2023


What are the realistic pathways off of fossil fuels and towards a world of abundant clean energy? TED Countdown gathered for its second Dilemma Series -- events designed to look at some of the tricky challenges of …

Why all dogs are good dogs | Alexandra Horowitz

March 24th, 2023


Canine cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz offers a peek inside the mind of your dog, sharing solutions to common "misbehaviors" that are often …

How to keep your hometown from becoming a ghost town | John Paget

March 23rd, 2023


"My very first film was about a town that disappeared," says documentarian John Paget. It was the beginning of a lifelong fascination with cities and towns across the US that experienced slow-motion declines -- but …

How to calm your anxiety, from a neuroscientist | Wendy Suzuki

March 22nd, 2023


What if you could transform your anxiety into something you can actually use during your work day? Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki shares two …

What happens to gas stations when the world goes electric? | Emily Grubert

March 21st, 2023


When the world goes fully electric, what happens to the cars, tools and livelihoods that rely on fossil fuels? Civil engineer and environmental …

You deserve the right to repair your stuff | Gay Gordon-Byrne

March 20th, 2023


A self-declared "repair geek," Gay Gordon-Byrne is a driving force behind the right-to-repair movement, which aims to empower people to fix their stuff. She describes how the movement is gaining legislative momentum and …

3 skills every middle school boy needs | Jerome Hunter

March 17th, 2023


Middle school is a time like no other, as significant biological and emotional changes coincide with profound personal growth, says educator Jerome …

The surprising psychology behind your urge to break the rules | Paul Bloom

March 16th, 2023


We all experience it: that desire to do something wrong just for the sake of it. Whether it's walking on manicured grass or sticking your finger in a …

Your 3-step guide to setting better boundaries at work | Nedra Glover Tawwab

March 15th, 2023


Know you should establish clear limits at work but not sure how to do it? Here are a few strategies from relationship therapist and author Nedra …

Who owns the internet of the future? | Ordinary Things

March 14th, 2023


The emergence of data-driven mass surveillance "is threatening to turn privacy into a relic of the 20th century," says the anonymous YouTube creator …

3 elements of true fun -- and how to have more of it | Catherine Price

March 13th, 2023


What comes to mind when you think about the most fun moments of your life? Science journalist Catherine Price asked thousands of people across the world this question, and their answers led her to a new definition of …

How to be a team player -- without burning out | Rob Cross

March 11th, 2023


Collaboration in the workplace is more important than ever -- but it's making us less productive in some ways. Here's what collaboration pioneer Rob …

Gourmet food for the final frontier | Phnam Bagley

March 10th, 2023


What does an in-flight meal look like when you're traveling to Mars? Designer Phnam Bagley envisions a future where astronauts have nourishing, …

How video games can level up the way you learn | Kris Alexander

March 9th, 2023


Video games naturally tap into the way we learn: they focus our attention and track our progress as we head toward a clear goal. Kris Alexander, a professor of video game design and passionate gamer himself, thinks the …

What if women built the world they want to see? | Emily Pilloton-Lam

March 8th, 2023


Only four percent of construction workers are female -- that's totally unacceptable, but it's also a huge opportunity both for women and for the trades, says youth educator and builder Emily Pilloton-Lam. She makes the …

The clean energy hub of the future | Rebekah Shirley

March 7th, 2023


Why aren't more people investing in Africa's green energy? Environmental researcher Rebekah Shirley outlines the continent's immense potential for …

The fantastically weird world of photosynthetic sea slugs | Michael Middlebrooks

March 6th, 2023


Meet the fantastically colorful and astonishingly adaptable sea slugs that found a way to photosynthesize (or create energy from sunlight) like …

How to quit your job -- without ruining your career | Gala Jackson

March 4th, 2023


Stuck in an unfulfilling or stagnant job? To achieve a smooth departure without burning bridges, try this three-step exit strategy from career coach …

How one small idea led to $1 million of paid water bills | Tiffani Ashley Bell

March 3rd, 2023


When programmer Tiffani Ashley Bell learned that thousands of people in Detroit were facing water shutoffs because they couldn't afford to pay their …

How to escape the cynicism trap | Jamil Zaki

March 2nd, 2023


Some days, it's hard to be optimistic. But cynicism -- the idea that people are inherently selfish, greedy and dishonest -- is making humanity …

The nostalgia behind your favorite Chinese food | Vincent Yeow Lim

March 1st, 2023


As a proud and passionate restaurant owner, Vincent Yeow Lim takes after his father and grandfather in the family tradition of Chinese cooking. Lim makes a delicious case to elevate the reputation of Chinese food, …

The fascinating physics of insect pee | Saad Bhamla

February 28th, 2023


Scientist Saad Bhamla is on a mission to answer a question most people don't think to ask: How do insects pee? Taking inspiration from the incredible "butt flickers" of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Bhamla presents a …

3 steps to getting what you want in a negotiation | Ruchi Sinha

February 27th, 2023


We negotiate all the time at work -- for raises, promotions, time off -- and we usually go into it like it's a battle. But it's not about dominating, …

What girls and women in sports need to unlock their potential | Kate Ackerman

February 24th, 2023


As a sports scientist, athlete and director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital, Kate Ackerman understands that women athletes need more than pretty sports bras or new sneakers to achieve peak …

The surprising climate benefits of sharing your stuff | Tessa Clarke

February 23rd, 2023


There's something simple we can all do to help the planet -- and it's probably not what you think. With one-third of all the food we produce globally each year being thrown away, entrepreneur Tessa Clarke believes that …

4 proven ways to kick your procrastination habit | Ayelet Fishbach

February 22nd, 2023


You've got a long list of things you want to do, but there's just one problem: you can't seem to get -- or stay -- motivated. Social psychologist …

The massive machines removing carbon from Earth's atmosphere | Jan Wurzbacher

February 21st, 2023


To restrain global warming, we know we need to drastically reduce pollution. The very next step after that: using both natural and technological …

3 rules to help you build a successful business | Julissa Prado

February 20th, 2023


Have an idea you're yearning to turn into a business? Julissa Prado, founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, explains how she was inspired by the Latino and …

3 steps to help kids process traumatic events | Kristen Nguyen

February 17th, 2023


What do we say to kids when intensely traumatic events interrupt everyday life? Whether you're a teacher, parent or community builder, educator Kristen Nguyen provides three research-backed steps for navigating these …

What if buildings created energy instead of consuming it? | Ksenia Petrichenko

February 16th, 2023


Buildings are bad news for the climate -- but they don't have to be. While our structures are currently responsible for a third of global energy consumption and emissions, a future where they create more energy than …

How everyday interactions shape your future | Mesmin Destin

February 15th, 2023


A few words can change the course of a life; they have the power to shrink, expand or transform someone's identity -- even your own. Social …

The science of falling in love | Shannon Odell

February 14th, 2023


Love is often described as heartwarming, heart-wrenching, or even heartbreaking— and your brain is responsible for all these feelings. The journey from first spark to the last tear is guided by a symphony of …

3 steps of anxiety overload -- and how you can take back control | Lisa Damour

February 13th, 2023


Anxiety is a normal part of life, so why are we so afraid of it? Psychologist Lisa Damour breaks down how to recognize when anxiety is helpful and …

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