TED Talks with English transcript

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

TEDWomen 2018

Farida Nabourema: Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know
606,398 views
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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
793,381 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

TED Salon: Belonging

Ronald Rael: An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall
640,419 views
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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.

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

TEDxLSU

Juliet Brophy: How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution
664,978 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

TEDWomen 2018

Dolores Huerta: How to overcome apathy and find your power
935,097 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?

TED Residency

Jeanne Pinder: What if all US health care costs were transparent?
576,302 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

TED Salon Doha Debates

Steven Petrow: 3 ways to practice civility
851,645 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.

Juan Enriquez: The age of genetic wonder

TEDxCERN

Juan Enriquez: The age of genetic wonder
956,976 views

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 new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriquez forecasts the possible futures of genetic editing, exploring the immense uncertainty and opportunity of this next frontier.

Ashweetha Shetty: How education helped me rewrite my life

TEDWomen 2018

Ashweetha Shetty: How education helped me rewrite my life
754,824 views
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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 voice. In this personal talk, she shares how she found self-worth through education -- and how she's working to empower other rural youth to explore their potential. "All of us are born into a reality that we blindly accept -- until something awakens us and a new world opens up," Shetty says.

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

TED Salon Zebra Technologies

Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman: What is the meaning of work?
854,125 views

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 people whose jobs might change, go away or become less fulfilling? The question sent him on a two-year research odyssey to discover what motivates people, and why we work. In this conversation with curator Bryn Freedman, he shares what he learned, including some surprising insights that will shape the conversation about the future of our jobs.

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

TEDMED 2018

Mathias Basner: Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it
767,029 views

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 Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind how noise affects your health and sleep -- and how you can get more of the benefits of the sound of silence.

Patty McCord: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for

The Way We Work

Patty McCord: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for
315,789 views

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.

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

TEDxStockholm

Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate change
1,000,730 views

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 strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world's attention. "The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions," Thunberg says. "All we have to do is to wake up and change."

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

TEDWomen 2018

Aja Monet and phillip agnew: A love story about the power of art as organizing
774,142 views

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 they've learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Journey to Smoke Signals Studio in Miami, their home and community art space where they're creating a refuge for neighbors and creators -- and imagining a new answer to distraction, anger and anxiety.

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

TEDxMileHigh

P.J. Parmar: How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit)
762,219 views

Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and surprisingly funny) talk, physician P.J. Parmar shares the story of the clinic he founded in Colorado, where he serves only resettled refugees who mostly use Medicaid, and makes the business case for a fresh take on medical service.

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

TEDWomen 2018

Danielle R. Moss: How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential
857,531 views

You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping young people get to and through college, social activist Danielle R. Moss challenges us to think deeper about who deserves help and attention -- and shows us how to encourage those in the middle to dream big.

Nicaila Matthews Okome: This is the side hustle revolution

The Way We Work

Nicaila Matthews Okome: This is the side hustle revolution
131,354 views

Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do our own thing, and more of us are going with the entrepreneurial spirit -- even if it's on the side of a traditional job. Podcaster and marketer Nicaila Matthews Okome helps survey the scene.

Sarah Barmak: The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality

TEDxToronto

Sarah Barmak: The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality
1,034,611 views
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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 centuries. She debunks some age-old myths (you're welcome) and offers a richer definition of pleasure that gets closer to the simple truth about women's sexuality.

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

TEDWomen 2018

Lindy Lou Isonhood: A juror's reflections on the death penalty
630,998 views
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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 capital murder trial -- and voted "yes" to sentencing a guilty man to death -- something inside her changed. In this engaging and personal talk, Isonhood reflects on the question she's been asking herself in the 25 years since the trial: Am I a murderer?

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

TED Salon Zebra Technologies

Matt Beane: How do we learn to work with intelligent machines?
874,461 views

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 blocks that path -- and sacrificing learning in our quest for productivity, says organizational ethnographer Matt Beane. What can be done? Beane shares a vision that flips the current story into one of distributed, machine-enhanced mentorship that takes full advantage of AI's amazing capabilities while enhancing our skills at the same time.

Priyanka Jain: How to make applying for jobs less painful

The Way We Work

Priyanka Jain: How to make applying for jobs less painful
135,565 views

Finding a job used to start with submitting your résumé to a million listings and never hearing back from most of them. But more and more companies are using tech-forward methods to identify candidates. If AI is the future of hiring, what does that mean for you? Technologist Priyanka Jain gives a look at this new hiring landscape.

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

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Karl Skjonnemand: The self-assembling computer chips of the future
614,962 views

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 augmented reality, we need to pack even more computing power into our computer chips -- and we're running out of space. In this forward-thinking talk, technology developer Karl Skjonnemand introduces a radically new way to create chips. "This could be the dawn of a new era of molecular manufacturing," Skjonnemand says.

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

TED Salon: Radical Craft

Leland Melvin: An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change
867,795 views

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 opportunities he's seized -- and how they led him to the International Space Station and a whole new perspective of life on earth. (Contains mature content)

Débora Mesa Molina: Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials

TED Salon: Radical Craft

Débora Mesa Molina: Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials
217,818 views

What would it take to reimagine the limits of architecture? Débora Mesa Molina offers some answers in this breathtaking, visual tour of her work, showing how structures can be made with overlooked materials and unconventional methods -- or even extracted from the guts of the earth. "The world around us is an infinite source of inspiration if we are curious enough to see beneath the surface of things," she says.

Jonathan Wilker: What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue

TEDxPurdueU

Jonathan Wilker: What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue
123,585 views

What if we could harness the sticking powers of sea creatures like mussels, oysters and barnacles, which refuse to budge even on wet, stormy coastlines? Dive into the wonderful world of animals that make their own glue and cement with scientist Jonathan Wilker -- and preview some of the amazing things we can learn from how they do it.

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

TEDWomen 2018

Emily Quinn: The way we think about biological sex is wrong
890,438 views

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? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this wise, funny talk, she shares eye-opening lessons from a life spent navigating society's thoughtless expectations, doctors who demanded she get unnecessary surgery -- and advocating for herself and the incredible variety that humans come in. (Contains mature content)

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

TEDWomen 2018

Marian Wright Edelman: Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty
653,418 views

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 early influence of growing up in the segregated American South to her activism with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- and shares how growing older has only made her more radical.

Julian Burschka: What your breath could reveal about your health

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Julian Burschka: What your breath could reveal about your health
1,068,413 views

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 techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there's one medium with overlooked potential for medical analysis: your breath. Technologist Julian Burschka shares the latest in the science of breath analysis -- the screening of the volatile organic compounds in your exhaled breath -- and how it could be used as a powerful tool to detect, predict and ultimately prevent disease.

Shad Begum: How women in Pakistan are creating political change

TEDWomen 2018

Shad Begum: How women in Pakistan are creating political change
752,552 views

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 improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan -- and calls for women around the world to find their political voice. "We must stand up for our own rights -- and not wait for someone else to come and help us," Begum says.

Soraya Chemaly: The power of women's anger

TEDWomen 2018

Soraya Chemaly: The power of women's anger
1,078,080 views

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 is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silence? In a provocative, thoughtful talk, Chemaly explores the dangerous lie that anger isn't feminine, showing how women's rage is justified, healthy and a potential catalyst for change.