Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

EG 2008

Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

4,675,285 views


Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

TED2009

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

425,830 views


A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds -- and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

TED2009

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

703,411 views


By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. NOTE: The core content of this talk has been challenged on a number of grounds. For details, and Willie Smits' response, please see "A challenge to Willie Smits' talk" below.

Brenda Laurel: Why not make video games for girls?

TED1998

Brenda Laurel: Why not make video games for girls?

391,616 views


At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.

Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

TED2009

Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

1,157,957 views


In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Miru Kim: My underground art explorations

EG 2008

Miru Kim: My underground art explorations

592,982 views


At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.

Richard Pyle: A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone

TED2004

Richard Pyle: A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone

369,722 views


In this illuminating talk, Richard Pyle shows us thriving life on the cliffs of coral reefs and groundbreaking diving technologies he has pioneered to explore it. He and his team risk everything to reveal the secrets of undiscovered species.

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

TED2009

Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

1,146,169 views


Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

TED2009

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

917,731 views


Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

TED2009

Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

1,285,716 views


The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans

TED2009

Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans

1,206,048 views


Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

José Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

TED2009

José Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

983,177 views


José Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. He shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

TED2009

Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

3,001,714 views


While the mega-banks were toppling in early 2009, Juan Enriquez took the stage to say: The really big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on the stock exchange or the political ballot. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

TED2009

Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

3,465,886 views


Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other

TED2009

David Merrill: Toy tiles that talk to each other

1,777,054 views


MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

TED1998

Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

402,997 views


From the TED archives: The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

TED2009

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

14,524,149 views


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

TED2009

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

2,708,230 views


Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

TED2003

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

622,263 views


Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

TED2003

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

1,128,895 views


Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

TED2006

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

413,258 views


Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

TED1998

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

1,061,691 views


In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

TED2004

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

1,217,556 views


Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that use sound in new ways, including the Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD. He talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education, because, as he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

TED2008

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

854,254 views


Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but "Medea Hypothesis" author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

TED2006

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

216,928 views


We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

Taste3 2008

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

401,623 views


What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.

David Carson: Design and discovery

TED2003

David Carson: Design and discovery

805,897 views


Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery -- for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

Serious Play 2008

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

531,632 views


Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.