TED Talks with English transcript

Nina Tandon: Caring for engineered tissue

TED2011

Nina Tandon: Caring for engineered tissue
509,651 views

Tissue engineer and TED Fellow Nina Tandon is growing artificial hearts and bones. To do that, she needs new ways of caring for artificially grown cells -- techniques she's developed by the simple but powerful method of copying their natural environments.

Simon Lewis: Don't take consciousness for granted

INK Conference

Simon Lewis: Don't take consciousness for granted
734,103 views

After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover -- physically and mentally -- beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers
1,016,098 views

In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants -- over a quarter million species -- have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing 'landing-strips' to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat.

Nathan Myhrvold: Cooking as never seen before

TED2011

Nathan Myhrvold: Cooking as never seen before
1,469,927 views

Cookbook author (and geek) Nathan Myhrvold talks about his magisterial work, "Modernist Cuisine" -- and shares the secret of its cool photographic illustrations, which show cross-sections of food in the very act of being cooked.

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

TED2011

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days
10,937,293 views

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky

TED2011

Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky
770,158 views

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

TEDxMaastricht

Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave
604,866 views

When Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online -- and found the medical treatment that saved his life. Now he calls on all patients to talk with one another, know their own health data, and make health care better one e-Patient at a time.

Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for a lost language

TED2011

Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for a lost language
1,515,761 views

Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": how to decipher the 4000-year-old Indus script. He's enlisting modern computation to try to read this lost language, the key to understanding this ancient civilization.

Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence

TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence
545,472 views

In this passionate talk that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico -- or rather, how Mexican society responds to it. He calls on ordinary citizens to move from denial and fear to peaceful, community-based action. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough

Full Spectrum Auditions

Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough
1,759,005 views

At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound
958,699 views

Artist-technologist Honor Harger listens to the weird and wonderful noises of stars and planets and pulsars. In her work, she tracks the radio waves emitted by ancient celestial objects and turns them into sound, including "the oldest song you will ever hear," the sound of cosmic rays left over from the Big Bang.

Jok Church: A circle of caring

TED2007

Jok Church: A circle of caring
775,297 views

Did you ever have a teacher who cared for you when no one else did? Jok Church tells a short, moving story of the teacher who sheltered him as a young gay teen and helped him grow -- and how, many years later, he and his partner had the privilege of returning the favor.

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

TED2011

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing
2,110,341 views

Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.

Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock

TED2011

Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock
846,430 views

Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices

TED2011

Maya Beiser: A cello with many voices
962,501 views

Cellist Maya Beiser plays a gorgeous eight-part modern etude with seven copies of herself, and segues into a meditative music/video hybrid -- using tech to create endless possibilities for transformative sound. Music is Steve Reich's "Cello Counterpoint," with video from Bill Morrison, then David Lang's "World to Come," with video by Irit Batsry.

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz

Full Spectrum Auditions

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz
820,982 views

Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz" -- his music created with two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body. At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, after locking in his beats and loops, he plays a 3-minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.

Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond

TEDxBG

Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond
639,202 views

Steve Keil fights the "serious meme" that has infected his home of Bulgaria -- and calls for a return to play to revitalize the economy, education and society. A sparkling talk with a universal message for people everywhere who are reinventing their workplaces, schools, lives.

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

TED2011

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists
1,554,726 views

How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

TEDActive 2011

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors
1,790,822 views

Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death. Resources: http://t.co/wsNrY9C

Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?

TEDxNorthwesternU

Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?
1,152,642 views

Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?

Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?

TED2011

Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?
481,074 views

Back in 2009, Paul Romer unveiled the idea for a "charter city" -- a new kind of city with rules that favor democracy and trade. This year, at TED2011, he tells the story of how such a city might just happen in Honduras ... with a little help from his TEDTalk.

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

TED2011

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously
2,117,127 views

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

TED2011

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken
2,817,704 views

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".

Damon Horowitz: We need a "moral operating system"

TEDxSiliconValley

Damon Horowitz: We need a "moral operating system"
736,478 views

Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more -- and more about each other -- than ever before. Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy -- the ethical principles -- behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where's the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it?

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new

TEDActive 2011

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new
1,335,788 views

Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TEDActive but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object

TED2011

Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object
1,379,792 views

Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness

TED@Cannes

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness
1,782,399 views

Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy.

Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers

TED2011

Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers
763,963 views

Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.