Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

TED2003

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

1,080,576 views


Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

TED2007

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

1,048,382 views


Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

TED2003

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

522,526 views


Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice.

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend

EG 2007

Caleb Chung: Playtime with Pleo, your robotic dinosaur friend

427,589 views


Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

TED2008

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

1,811,563 views


In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

EG 2007

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

1,190,788 views


Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

EG 2007

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

454,326 views


Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

TED2002

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

189,278 views


Keith Bellows gleefully outlines the engineering marvels of the camel, a vital creature he calls "the SUV of the desert." Though he couldn't bring a live camel to TED, he gets his camera crew as close as humanly possible to a one-ton beast in full rut.

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

TED2008

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

687,558 views


The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

TED1998

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

1,009,538 views


With vibrant video clips captured by submarines, David Gallo takes us to some of Earth's darkest, most violent, toxic and beautiful habitats, the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans' depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant.

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

TED2008

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

2,850,238 views


Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

Peter Hirshberg: The web is more than "better TV"

EG 2007

Peter Hirshberg: The web is more than "better TV"

255,110 views


In this absorbing look at emerging media and tech history, Peter Hirshberg shares some crucial lessons from Silicon Valley and explains why the web is so much more than "better TV."

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

TEDGlobal 2005

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

512,034 views


Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.

Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot

TED2006

Einstein the Parrot: A talking, squawking parrot

2,382,871 views


This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 -- presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White -- simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

TED2007

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

1,040,789 views


Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

TED2008

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

546,446 views


In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.

Ory Okolloh: How I became an activist

TEDGlobal 2007

Ory Okolloh: How I became an activist

331,114 views


Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

EG 2007

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

334,361 views


Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

EG 2007

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

1,021,688 views


Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

TED2005

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

4,325,443 views


Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic -- flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic.

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

TED2008

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

1,434,030 views


Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

697,938 views


Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."

David Griffin: How photography connects us

TED2008

David Griffin: How photography connects us

1,097,479 views


The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

TEDGlobal 2007

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

684,115 views


All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.

Bruno Bowden + Rufus Cappadocia: Blindfold origami and cello

TED2008

Bruno Bowden + Rufus Cappadocia: Blindfold origami and cello

379,440 views


After Robert Lang's talk on origami at TED2008, Bruno Bowden stepped onstage with a challenge -- he would fold one of Lang's astonishingly complicated origami figures, blindfolded, in under 2 minutes. He's accompanied by the cellist Rufus Cappadocia.

Robert Lang: The math and magic of origami

TED2008

Robert Lang: The math and magic of origami

2,199,249 views


Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.

Kwabena Boahen: A computer that works like the brain

TEDGlobal 2007

Kwabena Boahen: A computer that works like the brain

591,377 views


Researcher Kwabena Boahen is looking for ways to mimic the brain's supercomputing powers in silicon -- because the messy, redundant processes inside our heads actually make for a small, light, superfast computer.

Kevin Kelly: The next 5,000 days of the web

EG 2007

Kevin Kelly: The next 5,000 days of the web

1,396,009 views


At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?