TED Talks with English transcript

Andrew Bastawrous: A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable

TED Salon Optum

Andrew Bastawrous: A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable
1,224,697 views

In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along the way, he noticed a problem: strict funding regulations meant that he could only operate on people with specific diseases, leaving many others without resources for treatment. In this passionate talk, Bastawrous calls for a new health care funding model that's flexible and ambitious -- to deliver better health to everyone, whatever their needs are.

Nikki Clifton: 3 ways businesses can fight sex trafficking

TED@UPS

Nikki Clifton: 3 ways businesses can fight sex trafficking
1,263,254 views

Sex buying doesn't just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town -- it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an opportunity, says attorney Nikki Clifton, because it means that the business community is in a unique position to educate and mobilize their employees to fight sex trafficking. In an honest talk, Clifton outlines how businesses can help, from setting clear policies to hiring survivors.

Tommy McCall: The simple genius of a good graphic

TED2018

Tommy McCall: The simple genius of a good graphic
724,938 views

In a talk that's part history lesson, part love letter to graphics, information designer Tommy McCall traces the centuries-long evolution of charts and diagrams -- and shows how complex data can be sculpted into beautiful shapes. "Graphics that help us think faster, or see a book's worth of information on a single page, are the key to unlocking new discoveries," McCall says.

Floyd E. Romesberg: The radical possibilities of man-made DNA

TED2018

Floyd E. Romesberg: The radical possibilities of man-made DNA
1,254,435 views

Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G -- the basic units of DNA. But now that's changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organisms created with six-letter DNA -- the four natural letters plus two new man-made ones, X and Y -- and explores how this breakthrough could challenge our basic understanding of nature's design.

Isadora Kosofsky: Intimate photos of a senior love triangle

TED2018

Isadora Kosofsky: Intimate photos of a senior love triangle
455,040 views

Photographer and TED Fellow Isadora Kosofsky is a chronicler of love, loss and loneliness. In this searching talk, she shares photos from her four years documenting the lives of a senior citizen love triangle -- and reveals what they can teach us about the universal search for identity and belonging.

Kaitlyn Sadtler: How we could teach our bodies to heal faster

TED2018

Kaitlyn Sadtler: How we could teach our bodies to heal faster
1,965,363 views

What if we could help our bodies heal faster and without scars, like Wolverine in X-Men? TED Fellow Kaitlyn Sadtler is working to make this dream a reality by developing new biomaterials that could change how our immune system responds to injuries. In this quick talk, she shows the different ways these products could help the body regenerate.

David Cage: How video games turn players into storytellers

TED2018

David Cage: How video games turn players into storytellers
527,492 views

Have you ever watched a film or read a novel, wishing that you could change the narrative to save your favorite character? Game designer David Cage allows you do just that in his video games, where players make decisions that shape an ever-changing plot. In a talk and live demo, Cage presents a scene from his new project, letting the audience control a character's decisions. "Interactive storytelling can be what cinema was in the 20th century: an art that deeply changes its time," Cage says.

Catherine Mohr: How I became part sea urchin

TED2018

Catherine Mohr: How I became part sea urchin
1,495,781 views

As a young scientist, Catherine Mohr was on her dream scuba trip -- when she put her hand right down on a spiny sea urchin. While a school of sharks circled above. What happened next? More than you can possibly imagine. Settle in for this fabulous story with a dash of science.

Luke Sital-Singh: "Afterneath" / "Killing Me"

TED2018

Luke Sital-Singh: "Afterneath" / "Killing Me"
200,556 views

Luke Sital-Singh sings songs of love, longing and grief in this stirring performance of "Afterneath" and "Killing Me." "These are the songs I just never tire of hearing and I never tire of writing, because they make me feel less alone," Sital-Singh says.

Chip Colwell: Why museums are returning cultural treasures

TEDxMileHigh

Chip Colwell: Why museums are returning cultural treasures
1,247,956 views

Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pillaging ancient graves -- and how they're bridging divides with communities who are demanding the return of their cultural treasures.

Benedetta Berti: Did the global response to 9/11 make us safer?

TED2018

Benedetta Berti: Did the global response to 9/11 make us safer?
1,230,680 views

If we want sustainable, long-term security to be the norm in the world, it's time to radically rethink how we can achieve it, says TED Fellow and conflict researcher Benedetta Berti. In an eye-opening talk, Berti explains how building a safer world has a lot less to do with crushing enemies on the battlefield and a lot more to do with protecting civilians -- no matter where they're from or where they live.

Elise LeGrow: "You Never Can Tell" / "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea"

TED2018

Elise LeGrow: "You Never Can Tell" / "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea"
251,714 views

Singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow pays homage to early soul and rock innovators with intimate, stripped-down interpretations of their hits. Listen as she and her band perform two of these soulful renditions: Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" and "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," first popularized by Johnnie and Joe.

Alexandra Sacks: A new way to think about the transition to motherhood

TED Residency

Alexandra Sacks: A new way to think about the transition to motherhood
1,575,774 views

When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother -- and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence.

Charles C. Mann: How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion?

TED2018

Charles C. Mann: How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion?
2,206,595 views

By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann breaks down the proposed solutions and finds that the answers fall into two camps -- wizards and prophets -- while offering his own take on the best path to survival.

Luhan Yang: How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant

TED2018

Luhan Yang: How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant
1,332,643 views

For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that could help the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a lifesaving transplant. But the risks, specifically of transmitting the PERV virus from pigs to humans, have always been too great, stalling research -- until now. In a mind-blowing talk, geneticist Luhan Yang explains a breakthrough: using CRISPR, a technique for editing genes, she and her colleagues have created pigs that don't carry the virus, opening up the possibility of safely growing human-transplantable organs in pigs. Learn more about this cutting-edge science and how it could help solve the organ shortage crisis.

Pierre Barreau: How AI could compose a personalized soundtrack to your life

TED2018

Pierre Barreau: How AI could compose a personalized soundtrack to your life
1,239,601 views

Meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history's greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions created by AIVA and shares his dream: to create original live soundtracks based on our moods and personalities.

Mary Lou Jepsen: How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains

TED2018

Mary Lou Jepsen: How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains
719,502 views

In a series of mind-bending demos, inventor Mary Lou Jepsen shows how we can use red light to see and potentially stimulate what's inside our bodies and brains. Taking us to the edge of optical physics, Jepsen unveils new technologies that utilize light and sound to track tumors, measure neural activity and could possibly replace the MRI machine with a cheaper, more efficient and wearable system.

Janet Stovall: How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

TED@UPS

Janet Stovall: How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace
1,425,596 views

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.

Yelle: "Interpassion" / "Ba$$in"

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Yelle: "Interpassion" / "Ba$$in"
216,345 views

Yelle and GrandMarnier bring their danceable electropop hits to the TED stage in an energizing performance of two songs, "Interpassion" and "Ba$$in."

Tammy Lally: Let's get honest about our money problems

TEDxOrlando

Tammy Lally: Let's get honest about our money problems
1,785,222 views

Struggling to budget and manage finances is common -- but talking honestly and openly about it isn't. Why do we hide our problems around money? In this thoughtful, personal talk, author Tammy Lally encourages us to break free of "money shame" and shows us how to stop equating our bank accounts with our self-worth.

Angel Hsu: How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change

TED2018

Angel Hsu: How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change
1,417,206 views

China is the world's biggest polluter -- and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy -- and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized.

Jessica Pryce: To transform child welfare, take race out of the equation

TED Residency

Jessica Pryce: To transform child welfare, take race out of the equation
1,110,910 views

In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their families. "Let's work together to build a system that wants to make families stronger instead of pulling them apart," Pryce says.

Leticia Gasca: Don't fail fast -- fail mindfully

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Leticia Gasca: Don't fail fast -- fail mindfully
1,839,182 views

We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation -- and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca. In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of "failing fast" with a new mantra: fail mindfully.

Stephen DeBerry: Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities

TED2018

Stephen DeBerry: Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities
1,394,532 views

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains how both environmental and man-made factors have led to disparity by design in cities from East Palo Alto, California to East Jerusalem and beyond -- and suggests some elegant solutions to fix it.

Halima Aden: How I went from child refugee to international model

TEDxKakumaCamp

Halima Aden: How I went from child refugee to international model
1,284,357 views

Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an inspiring message about what she's learned on the path from child refugee to international model.

Mary Maker: Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me)

TEDxKakumaCamp

Mary Maker: Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me)
1,214,703 views

After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives -- and empowering a generation of girls who are too often denied entrance into the classroom. "For the child of war, an education can turn their tears of loss into a passion for peace," Maker says.

Tina Seelig: The little risks you can take to increase your luck

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Tina Seelig: The little risks you can take to increase your luck
2,544,061 views

Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpected ways to increase your luck -- and your ability to see and seize opportunities.

Mark Pollock and Simone George: A love letter to realism in a time of grief

TED2018

Mark Pollock and Simone George: A love letter to realism in a time of grief
1,483,389 views

When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief -- and share the groundbreaking work they're undertaking to cure paralysis.