Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

TED2007

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

428,306 views


In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

TED2009

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

1,629,891 views


In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

TED2004

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

1,248,054 views


Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

TED2009

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

756,861 views


The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

TED2002

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

295,671 views


In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

TED2009

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

407,065 views


At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

TED2009

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

431,680 views


Nate Silver has data that answers big questions about race in politics. For instance, in the 2008 presidential race, did Obama's skin color actually keep him from getting votes in some parts of the country? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight.

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down

TED2002

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down

556,811 views


Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

TED2009

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

1,293,512 views


Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

EG 2008

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

2,835,681 views


From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

TED2003

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

499,669 views


In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

TED2009

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

1,145,000 views


Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.

Renny Gleeson: Our antisocial phone tricks

TED2009

Renny Gleeson: Our antisocial phone tricks

1,222,579 views


In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.

Emily Levine: A theory of everything

TED2002

Emily Levine: A theory of everything

2,077,536 views


Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

TED2009

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

2,223,846 views


Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran

TED2009

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran

752,166 views


Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

TED2002

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

340,895 views


Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love.

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

TED2009

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

1,466,998 views


In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

TED2009

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

1,452,361 views


Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

TED2009

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

1,059,831 views


Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

TED2001

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

248,179 views


Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

TED2009

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

1,066,184 views


Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

TED2001

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

4,947,369 views


With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

EG 2008

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

734,006 views


In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

TED2009

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

957,762 views


Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

TED2009

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

3,159,884 views


Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.