Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat

TEDGlobal 2012

Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat

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Readability: 4.5


It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.

Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

TEDGlobal 2012

Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

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Readability: 4.4


Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

TEDGlobal 2012

Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

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Readability: 5.2


The days are past (if they ever existed) when a person, company or brand could tightly control their reputation -- online chatter and spin mean that if you're relevant, there's a constant, free-form conversation happening about you that you have no control over. Tim Leberecht offers three big ideas about accepting that loss of control, even designing for it -- and using it as an impetus to recommit to your values.

Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

TEDGlobal 2012

Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

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Readability: 4.5


Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci's lost fresco "The Battle of Anghiari," and in the process discovered that many paintings have layers of history hidden underneath. Should they be part of the viewing experience too?

Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

TEDGlobal 2012

Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

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Readability: 3.5


What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... "

Jason McCue: Terrorism is a failed brand

TEDGlobal 2012

Jason McCue: Terrorism is a failed brand

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Readability: 4.1


In this gripping talk, lawyer Jason McCue urges for a new way to attack terrorism, to weaken its credibility with those who are buying the product -- the recruits. He shares stories of real cases where he and other activists used this approach to engage and create change.

John Wilbanks: Let's pool our medical data

TEDGlobal 2012

John Wilbanks: Let's pool our medical data

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Readability: 3.7


When you're getting medical treatment, or taking part in medical testing, privacy is important; strict laws limit what researchers can see and know about you. But what if your medical data could be used -- anonymously -- by anyone seeking to test a hypothesis? John Wilbanks wonders if the desire to protect our privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could lead to a wave of health care innovation.

Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness?

TEDGlobal 2012

Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness?

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Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate

TEDGlobal 2012

Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate

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Readability: 5.1


As Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.

Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

TEDxDublin

Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

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Readability: 4.4


Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map.

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

TEDGlobal 2012

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

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Readability: 3.2


The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

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Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

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Readability: 4.6


As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible

TED-Ed

John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible

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Readability: 3.5


Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd's classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.

Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine

TEDMED 2012

Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine

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Readability: 5.5


When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.

Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet

TEDGlobal 2012

Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet

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Readability: 3.8


When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe

TEDMED 2012

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe

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Readability: 5


When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

TEDxBoston 2012

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

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Readability: 4.4


Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising view of what comes next.

Read Montague: What we're learning from 5,000 brains

TEDGlobal 2012

Read Montague: What we're learning from 5,000 brains

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Readability: 4


Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings. Read Montague gives an overview of how this technology is helping us understand the complicated ways in which we interact with each other.

Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust

TEDGlobal 2012

Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust

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Readability: 4.7


There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital."

John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders

TEDGlobal 2012

John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders

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Readability: 3.5


John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda's earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

TEDGlobal 2012

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

1,007,741 views

Readability: 4.9


Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

TEDGlobal 2012

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

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Readability: 3.3


Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy's response.

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too

TEDGlobal 2012

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too

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Readability: 4.4


We have personal computing -- why not personal biotech? That's the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIY bio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIY bio.

Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone

TEDxExeter

Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone

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Readability: 4.5


Your mobile phone, computer and game console have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action.

Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons

TEDMED 2012

Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons

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Readability: 3.3


One day, Ed Gavagan was sitting on the subway, watching two young med students practicing their knots. And a powerful memory washed over him -- of one shocking moment that changed his life forever. An unforgettable story of crime, skill and gratitude.

Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

1,572,710 views

Readability: 3.6


Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

TEDGlobal 2012

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

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Readability: 3.5


Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Susan Solomon: The promise of research with stem cells

TEDGlobal 2012

Susan Solomon: The promise of research with stem cells

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Readability: 4.9


Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.