TED Talks with English transcript

Elizabeth Blackburn: The science of cells that never get old

TED2017

Elizabeth Blackburn: The science of cells that never get old
1,742,049 views

What makes our bodies age ... our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize for her work finding out the answer, with the discovery of telomerase: an enzyme that replenishes the caps at the end of chromosomes, which break down when cells divide. Learn more about Blackburn's groundbreaking research -- including how we might have more control over aging than we think.

Augie Picado: The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing

TED@UPS

Augie Picado: The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing
1,695,973 views

We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.

Jennifer Granick: How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you

TEDxStanford

Jennifer Granick: How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you
1,238,244 views

What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about you easily, cheaply and without a warrant -- and if you've ever participated in a protest or attended a gun show, you're likely a person of interest. Learn more about your rights, your risks and how to protect yourself in the golden age of surveillance.

Tomás Saraceno: Would you live in a floating city in the sky?

TED2017

Tomás Saraceno: Would you live in a floating city in the sky?
605,135 views

In a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculptures and installations designed to usher in a new era of sustainability, the "Aerocene." From giant, cloud-like playgrounds suspended 22 meters in the air to a balloon sculpture that travels the world without burning a single drop of fossil fuel, Saraceno's work invites us to explore the bounds of our fragile human and terrestrial ecosystems. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Chetan Bhatt: Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

TEDxExeter

Chetan Bhatt: Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are
1,347,602 views

We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it's time to change the question from "Where are you from?" to "Where are you going?"

Laolu Senbanjo: "The Sacred Art of the Ori"

TED2017

Laolu Senbanjo: "The Sacred Art of the Ori"
954,606 views

Every artist has a name, and every artist has a story. Laolu Senbanjo's story started in Nigeria, where he was surrounded by the culture and mythology of the Yoruba, and brought him to law school, to New York and eventually to work on Beyoncé's "Lemonade." He shares what he calls "The Sacred Art of the Ori," art that uses skin as canvas and connects artist and muse through mind, body and soul.

Helen Czerski: The fascinating physics of everyday life

TEDxManchester

Helen Czerski: The fascinating physics of everyday life
1,527,742 views

Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski presents various concepts in physics you can become familiar with using everyday things found in your kitchen.

Emily Esfahani Smith: There's more to life than being happy

TED2017

Emily Esfahani Smith: There's more to life than being happy
6,889,745 views

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

Arik Hartmann: Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed?

TEDxVermilionStreet

Arik Hartmann: Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed?
1,017,810 views

The treatment of HIV has significantly advanced over the past three decades -- why hasn't our perception of people with the disease advanced along with it? After being diagnosed with HIV, Arik Hartmann chose to live transparently, being open about his status, in an effort to educate people. In this candid, personal talk, he shares what it's like to live with HIV -- and calls on us to dismiss our misconceptions about the disease.

Ray Dalio: How to build a company where the best ideas win

TED2017

Ray Dalio: How to build a company where the best ideas win
2,756,665 views

What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think -- even calling out the boss is fair game. Learn more about how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds and how you might harness the power of data-driven group decision-making.

Robin Hanson: What would happen if we upload our brains to computers?

TED2017

Robin Hanson: What would happen if we upload our brains to computers?
1,368,008 views

Meet the "ems" -- machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from. Futurist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast computers and copying themselves to multitask, leaving humans with only one choice: to retire, forever. Glimpse a strange future as Hanson describes what could happen if robots ruled the earth.

Wanuri Kahiu: Fun, fierce and fantastical African art

TED2017

Wanuri Kahiu: Fun, fierce and fantastical African art
866,189 views

We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. Where's the fun? Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda. Rethink the value of all that is unserious as Kahiu explains why we need art that captures the full range of human experiences to tell the stories of Africa.

Daan Roosegaarde: A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs

TED2017

Daan Roosegaarde: A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs
1,090,399 views

Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects -- from a bike path in Eindhoven, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy, to Beijing, where he developed a smog vacuum cleaner to purify the air in local parks, to a dance floor that generates electricity to power a DJ booth. Check out Roosegaarde's vision for a future where creativity is our true capital.

Chance Coughenour: How your pictures can help reclaim lost history

TEDxHamburg

Chance Coughenour: How your pictures can help reclaim lost history
925,304 views

Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced technology called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions, preserving the memory of our global, shared, human heritage. Find out more about how you can help celebrate and safeguard history that's being lost.

Benjamin Grant: What it feels like to see Earth from space

TEDxSkoll

Benjamin Grant: What it feels like to see Earth from space
1,308,836 views

What the astronauts felt when they saw Earth from space changed them forever. Author and artist Benjamin Grant aims to provoke this same feeling of overwhelming scale and beauty in each of us through a series of stunning satellite images that show the effects human beings are having on the planet. "If we can adopt a more expansive perspective, embrace the truth of what is going on and contemplate the long-term health of our planet, we will create a better, safer and smarter future for our one and only home," Grant says.

Noriko Arai: Can a robot pass a university entrance exam?

TED2017

Noriko Arai: Can a robot pass a university entrance exam?
1,470,374 views

Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?

Carolyn Bertozzi: What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you

TEDxStanford

Carolyn Bertozzi: What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you
1,323,315 views

Your cells are coated with sugars that store information and speak a secret language. What are they trying to tell us? Your blood type, for one -- and, potentially, that you have cancer. Chemical biologist Carolyn Bertozzi researches how sugars on cancerous cells interact with (and sometimes trick) your immune system. Learn more about how your body detects cancer and how the latest cancer-fighting medicines could help your immune system beat the disease.

David Baron: You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse

TEDxMileHigh

David Baron: You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse
1,788,946 views

On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow raced from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in this ode to the bliss of seeing the solar corona, he explains why you owe it to yourself to witness one, too.

Tara Winkler: Why we need to end the era of orphanages

TEDxSydney

Tara Winkler: Why we need to end the era of orphanages
1,083,713 views

Could it be wrong to help children in need by starting an orphanage? In this eye-opening talk about the bad consequences of good intentions, Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused in part by foreign donors, and details the harm done to children when they are separated from their families and left to grow up in institutions.

Niki Okuk: When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient

TEDxCrenshaw

Niki Okuk: When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient
1,215,925 views

Another economic reality is possible -- one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own the businesses they work for, making decisions for themselves and enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Cathy O'Neil: The era of blind faith in big data must end

TED2017

Cathy O'Neil: The era of blind faith in big data must end
1,311,686 views

Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas.

Anika Paulson: How I found myself through music

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Anika Paulson: How I found myself through music
1,135,645 views

"Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are.

Ashton Applewhite: Let's end ageism

TED2017

Ashton Applewhite: Let's end ageism
1,426,334 views

It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. "Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured," she says. "It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all."

Susan Pinker: The secret to living longer may be your social life

TED2017

Susan Pinker: The secret to living longer may be your social life
2,415,304 views

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

Tom Gruber: How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives

TED2017

Tom Gruber: How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives
1,926,408 views

How smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make "humanistic AI" that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman performance in perception, creativity and cognitive function -- from turbocharging our design skills to helping us remember everything we've ever read and the name of everyone we've ever met. "We are in the middle of a renaissance in AI," Gruber says. "Every time a machine gets smarter, we get smarter."

Richard J. Berry: A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety

TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue

Richard J. Berry: A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety
1,233,023 views

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read "Want a job," he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep -- and the results were incredible. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque's model with this frank and optimistic talk.

Peter Calthorpe: 7 principles for building better cities

TED2017

Peter Calthorpe: 7 principles for building better cities
1,847,227 views

More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.