TED Talks with English transcript

Rosalind Picard: An AI smartwatch that detects seizures

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Rosalind Picard: An AI smartwatch that detects seizures
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Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures before they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.

Alexander MacDonald: How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight

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Alexander MacDonald: How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight
765,915 views

Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales -- from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Verne to H.G. Wells and beyond -- sparked a culture of space exploration. A fascinating look at how stories become reality, featuring a goose machine sent to the Moon.

Chuck Murry: Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells?

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Chuck Murry: Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells?
953,514 views

The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the human body -- a big factor in making heart failure the number one killer worldwide. What if we could help heart muscle regenerate after injury? Physician and scientist Chuck Murry shares his groundbreaking research into using stem cells to grow new heart cells -- an exciting step towards realizing the awesome promise of stem cells as medicine.

Kimberly Noble: How does income affect childhood brain development?

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Kimberly Noble: How does income affect childhood brain development?
914,717 views

Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby's First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children's cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are working together to find out: Can we help kids in poverty simply by giving families more money? "The brain is not destiny," Noble says. "And if a child's brain can be changed, then anything is possible."

Eve Pearlman: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

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Eve Pearlman: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree
866,226 views

In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree. See what happened when a group that would have never otherwise met -- 25 liberals from California and 25 conservatives from Alabama -- gathered to talk about contentious issues. "Real connection across difference: this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs," Pearlman says.

Helen Marriage: Public art that turns cities into playgrounds of the imagination

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Helen Marriage: Public art that turns cities into playgrounds of the imagination
172,340 views

Visual artist Helen Marriage stages astonishing, large-scale public art events that expand the boundaries of what's possible. In this visual tour of her work, she tells the story of three cities she transformed into playgrounds of the imagination -- picture London with a giant mechanical elephant marching through it -- and shows what happens when people stop to marvel and experience a moment together.

Nora Brown: "East Virginia" / "John Brown's Dream"

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Nora Brown: "East Virginia" / "John Brown's Dream"
123,347 views

In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: "East Virginia" and "John Brown's Dream." An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo's evolution.

Marjan van Aubel: The beautiful future of solar power

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Marjan van Aubel: The beautiful future of solar power
460,097 views

The Sun delivers more energy to Earth in one hour than all of humanity uses in an entire year. How can we make this power more accessible to everyone, everywhere? Solar designer Marjan van Aubel shows how she's turning everyday objects like tabletops and stained glass windows into elegant solar cells -- and shares her vision to make every surface a power station.

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

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Noah Wilson-Rich: How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time
930,142 views

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 out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and rooftops. Learn how these little data factories are changing what we know about the habitats bees need to thrive -- and keep our future food systems stable.

Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi: To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language

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Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi: To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language
848,466 views

Bacteria "talk" to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi invented a tool to spy on bacterial chatter and translate their secret communication into human language. Her work could pave the way for early diagnosis of disease -- before we even get sick.

Phil Plait: The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes

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Phil Plait: The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes
932,317 views

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. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses -- through a robust amount of making and correcting errors. "The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the payoff is the best there is: knowledge and understanding," he says.

Samy Nour Younes: A short history of trans people's long fight for equality

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Samy Nour Younes: A short history of trans people's long fight for equality
814,275 views

Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs -- and a fight for civil rights that's been raging for a long time. "Imagine how the conversation would shift if we acknowledge just how long trans people have been demanding equality," he says.

Kriti Sharma: How to keep human bias out of AI

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Kriti Sharma: How to keep human bias out of AI
1,166,881 views

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 interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems? Technologist Kriti Sharma explores how the lack of diversity in tech is creeping into our AI, offering three ways we can start making more ethical algorithms.

Esha Alwani: What it's like to have Tourette's -- and how music gives me back control

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Esha Alwani: What it's like to have Tourette's -- and how music gives me back control
189,359 views

Esha Alwani began writing songs when she was six years old, shortly after being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. And she noticed something amazing: whenever she played music, her involuntary tics suddenly went away. Listen along as Alwani explores the power of music and delights the audience with an ethereal performance of her piano ballad "I'm Not Loving You (My Mask)."

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

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Sarah T. Stewart: Where did the Moon come from? A new theory
1,731,413 views

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 this special connection? Looking for an answer, planetary scientist and MacArthur "Genius" Sarah T. Stewart discovered a new kind of astronomical object -- a synestia -- and a new way to solve the mystery of the Moon's origin.

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

TED Salon: Education Everywhere

Olympia Della Flora: Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school
1,016,162 views

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 emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help struggling, sometimes disruptive students -- things like stopping for brain breaks, singing songs and even doing yoga poses -- all with her existing budget and resources. "Small changes make huge differences, and it's possible to start right now ... You simply need smarter ways to think about using what you have, where you have it," she says.

Eugenia Cheng: An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math

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Eugenia Cheng: An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math
320,352 views

How do we make sense of a world that doesn't? By looking in unexpected places, says mathematician Eugenia Cheng. She explains how applying concepts from abstract mathematics to daily life can lead us to a deeper understanding of things like the root of anger and the function of privilege. Learn more about how this surprising tool can help us to empathize with each other.

Muhammed Idris: What refugees need to start new lives

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Muhammed Idris: What refugees need to start new lives
768,016 views

Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of technologists, researchers and refugees to develop Atar, the first-ever AI-powered virtual advocate that guides displaced people through resettlement, helping restore their rights and dignity. "Getting access to the right resources and information can be the difference between life and death," Idris says.

Dina Zielinski: How we can store digital data in DNA

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Dina Zielinski: How we can store digital data in DNA
1,041,864 views

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 data forever? Bioinformatician Dina Zielinski shares the science behind a solution that's been around for a few billion years: DNA.

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

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Majd Mashharawi: How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza
938,310 views

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 transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that's helping people rebuild their homes -- and learn about her new project: bringing solar-powered energy to families living in darkness.

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

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Farida Nabourema: Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know
1,083,368 views

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: no country is destined to be oppressed -- and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you tell if you're at risk before it happens? In a stirring talk, Nabourema shares the four key signs of a dictatorship, along with the secret to defiance for those living within an oppressive system.

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

TED Salon: Education Everywhere

Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics
1,312,719 views

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 to discuss taboo topics without fear -- because the best way to start solving social problems is to talk about them.

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

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Ronald Rael: An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall
988,593 views

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 border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a moving, visual talk, Rael reimagines the physical barrier that divides the United States and Mexico -- sharing satirical, serious works of art inspired by the borderlands and showing us the border we don't see in the news. "There are not two sides defined by a wall. This is one landscape, divided," Rael says.

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

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Yvonne van Amerongen: The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care
997,182 views

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 and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.

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

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Juliet Brophy: How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution
1,480,649 views

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 species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo naledi, explaining how this mysterious ancestor is forcing us to rethink where we come from -- and what it means to be human.

Dolores Huerta: How to overcome apathy and find your power

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Dolores Huerta: How to overcome apathy and find your power
1,434,502 views

"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 tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her life's work, offering inspiration for anybody trying to overcome apathy, get involved and find their own power.

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

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Jeanne Pinder: What if all US health care costs were transparent?
1,074,580 views

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 have to be this way. She's built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing the secrets of health care pricing. Learn how knowing what stuff costs in advance could make us healthier, save us money -- and help fix a broken system.

Steven Petrow: 3 ways to practice civility

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Steven Petrow: 3 ways to practice civility
1,146,270 views

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 dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work to be more civil -- and start talking about our differences with respect.