Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

TED2012

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

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Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

TED2012

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

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Chip Kidd doesn't judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In this deeply felt (and deeply hilarious) talk, he shares the art and the philosophy behind his cover designs. (This talk is from The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

TED2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

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As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

TEDxObserver

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

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The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws. At TEDxObserver, Rick Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of Europe's tech-driven political party, which so far has won 17 seats across national parliaments in Europe.

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

TED2012

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

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Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

TED2012

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

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"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson)

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

TED2012

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

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What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

TEDxVancouver

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

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Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context. At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from graphing an entire year's news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles across the internet.

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

TEDxNewy

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

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We can't control if we'll die, but we can "occupy death," in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can help you start this tough conversation.

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

TED2012

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

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Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

TED2012

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

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Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

TEDxWomen 2011

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

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Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed).

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

TED2012

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

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The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

TEDxPortofSpain

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

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Architecture can bring people together, or divide them -- witness the skyscraper, costly, inefficient, and only serving small portions of the community. At TEDxPortofSpain, Mark Raymond encourages city governments to let go of their old notions of success and consider the balance of environment, economy, and society to design cities for social change.

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

TEDxCambridge

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

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Prosthetics can't replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. Designer Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal -- from macho to fabulous.

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

TED2012

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

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Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

TED2012

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

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Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

TED-Ed

Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

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Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849.

David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

TED-Ed

David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

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In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean -- from the deepest trenches to the remains of Titanic -- marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life.

Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

TED-Ed

Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

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By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses -- and how legs can respond. This talk comes from the TED-Ed project.

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

TED2012

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

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Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.