Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?

TED@IBM

Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?

1,248,513 views


Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.

Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free

TEDMED 2014

Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free

1,122,675 views


In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.

Melissa Fleming: Let's help refugees thrive, not just survive

TEDGlobal 2014

Melissa Fleming: Let's help refugees thrive, not just survive

1,166,979 views


Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now the number is 65.3 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4.9 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories -- of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency tells the refugees' stories -- and asks us to help them rebuild their world.

Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?

TEDGlobal 2014

Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?

1,243,448 views


Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.

Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

TED@Unilever

Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

1,045,751 views


Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.

Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it

TEDGlobal 2014

Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it

768,498 views


Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: "It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity."

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

TEDGlobal 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

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Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide."

Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

TEDGlobal 2014

Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

1,312,016 views


In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.

Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

TEDGlobal 2014

Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

1,241,063 views


Pia Mancini and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say.

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep

TEDMED 2014

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep

4,114,130 views


The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

TED@Unilever

Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

3,837,623 views


About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

1,406,057 views


French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road ... and in the air

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road ... and in the air

925,914 views


Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

TEDxBeaconStreet

Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

3,585,166 views


You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Gail Reed: Where to train the world's doctors? Cuba.

TEDMED 2014

Gail Reed: Where to train the world's doctors? Cuba.

785,611 views


Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.

Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right

TED Fellows Retreat 2013

Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right

772,431 views


Warning: This talk might contain much more than you'd ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn't everyone deserve a safe place to go?

Matthew O'Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer.

TED@NYC

Matthew O'Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer.

1,992,228 views


Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”

Eman Mohammed: The courage to tell a hidden story

TED2014

Eman Mohammed: The courage to tell a hidden story

1,372,036 views


Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, the TED Fellow critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.

Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data

1,400,297 views


Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning -- and human knowledge.

Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

TED@Unilever

Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

791,039 views


How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that's too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN's Climate Summit in 2014, showing how the world's countries can work together on climate. It's a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

TED2014

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

1,656,448 views


In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

TEDxSonomaCounty

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

1,694,963 views


Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world

3,941,125 views


How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

TEDxAmazonia

Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

1,033,115 views


The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature. 

Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

TED@NYC

Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

883,757 views


Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.

Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind

TED2014

Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind

1,130,274 views


Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose "machinery." Another surprise: There's so much left to learn.

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream

TEDSalon NY2014

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream

1,497,922 views


Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.

Shubhendu Sharma: An engineer's vision for tiny forests, everywhere

TED2014

Shubhendu Sharma: An engineer's vision for tiny forests, everywhere

1,163,434 views


A forest planted by humans, then left to nature's own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

Colin Grant: How our stories cross over

TEDxBrighton

Colin Grant: How our stories cross over

896,108 views


Colin Grant has spent a lifetime navigating the emotional landscape between his father’s world and his own. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Grant draws on stories of shared experience within his immigrant community -- and reflects on how he found forgiveness for a father who rejected him.