TED Talks with English transcript

Hasini Jayatilaka: How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down

TEDxMidAtlantic

Hasini Jayatilaka: How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down
1,551,641 views

When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the body. What if we could interrupt this process? In this accessible talk about cutting-edge science, Hasini Jayatilaka shares her work on an innovative method to stop cancer cells from communicating -- and halt their fatal ability to spread.

Elizabeth Streb: My quest to defy gravity and fly

TED2018

Elizabeth Streb: My quest to defy gravity and fly
1,240,846 views

Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She's jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by footage of her work, Streb reflects on her lifelong quest to defy gravity and fly the only way a human can -- by mastering the landing.

Nora Atkinson: Why art thrives at Burning Man

TED2018

Nora Atkinson: Why art thrives at Burning Man
371,443 views

Craft curator Nora Atkinson takes us on a trip to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to see the beautifully designed and participatory art of Burning Man, revealing how she discovered there what's often missing from museums: curiosity and engagement. "What is art for in our contemporary world if not this?" she asks.

Steve McCarroll: How data is helping us unravel the mysteries of the brain

TEDMED 2017

Steve McCarroll: How data is helping us unravel the mysteries of the brain
1,329,238 views

Geneticist Steve McCarroll wants to make an atlas of all the cells in the human body so that we can understand in precise detail how specific genes work, especially in the brain. In this fascinating talk, he shares his team's progress -- including their invention of "Drop-seq," a technology that allows scientists to analyze individual cells at a scale that was never before possible -- and describes how this research could lead to new ways of treating mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

The Soul Rebels: "Rebelosis" / "Rebel Rock" / "Rebel on That Level"

TED2018

The Soul Rebels: "Rebelosis" / "Rebel Rock" / "Rebel on That Level"
147,643 views

Live and direct from New Orleans, The Soul Rebels rock the TED stage with a tight, energetic performance blending elements of hip-hop, jazz and funk. The eight-piece brass band plays three songs -- "Rebelosis," "Rebel Rock" and "Rebel on That Level" -- turning the red circle into a joyful French Quarter street corner.

Tamekia MizLadi Smith: How to train employees to have difficult conversations

TED2018

Tamekia MizLadi Smith: How to train employees to have difficult conversations
1,820,515 views

It's time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, provocative talk, Smith shares a workplace training program called "I'm G.R.A.C.E.D." that will inspire bosses and employees alike to communicate with compassion and respect. Bottom line: always let people know why their work matters.

Sian Leah Beilock: Why we choke under pressure -- and how to avoid it

TEDMED 2017

Sian Leah Beilock: Why we choke under pressure -- and how to avoid it
1,779,056 views

When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock reveals what happens in your brain and body when you choke in stressful situations, sharing psychological tools that can help you perform at your best when it matters most.

Chetna Gala Sinha: How women in rural India turned courage into capital

TED2018

Chetna Gala Sinha: How women in rural India turned courage into capital
1,223,112 views

When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.

Will Marshall: The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface

TED2018

Will Marshall: The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface
1,364,455 views

What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world's largest fleet of satellites to image the entire Earth every day. Now they're moving on to a new project: using AI to index all the objects on the planet over time -- which could make ships, trees, houses and everything else on Earth searchable, the same way you search Google. He shares a vision for how this database can become a living record of the immense physical changes happening across the globe. "You can't fix what you can't see," Marshall says. "We want to give people the tools to see change and take action."

Simona Francese: Your fingerprints reveal more than you think

TED2018

Simona Francese: Your fingerprints reveal more than you think
1,971,248 views

Our fingerprints are what make us unique -- but they're also home to a world of information hidden in molecules that reveal our actions, lifestyles and routines. In this riveting talk, chemist Simona Francese shows how she studies these microscopic traces using mass spectrometry, a technology that analyzes fingerprints in previously impossible detail, and demonstrates how this cutting-edge forensic science can help police catch criminals. (Note: This talk contains descriptions of sexual violence.)

Kai-Fu Lee: How AI can save our humanity

TED2018

Kai-Fu Lee: How AI can save our humanity
2,162,441 views

AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity. "AI is serendipity," Lee says. "It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human."

DK Osseo-Asare: What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation

TEDGlobal 2017

DK Osseo-Asare: What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation
1,120,470 views

In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and putting them together again. Designer and TED Fellow DK Osseo-Asare wondered: What would happen if we connected these self-taught techies with students and young professionals in STEAM fields? The result: a growing maker community where people engage in peer-to-peer, hands-on education, motivated by what they want to create. Learn more about how this African makerspace is pioneering a grassroots circular economy.

Will MacAskill: What are the most important moral problems of our time?

TED2018

Will MacAskill: What are the most important moral problems of our time?
1,796,847 views

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effective altruism" -- and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

Walter Hood: How urban spaces can preserve history and build community

TED2018

Walter Hood: How urban spaces can preserve history and build community
1,263,018 views

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. In this inspiring talk packed with images of his work, Hood shares the five simple concepts that guide his approach to creating spaces that illuminate shared memories and force us to look at one another in a different way.

Bronwyn King: You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies

TEDxSydney

Bronwyn King: You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies
1,538,948 views

Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry and the entire global finance sector, which invests our money in cigarette companies through big banks, insurers and pension funds. Learn how Dr. King has ignited a worldwide movement to create tobacco-free investments and how each of us can play a role in ending this epidemic.

Renzo Piano: The genius behind some of the world's most famous buildings

TED2018

Renzo Piano: The genius behind some of the world's most famous buildings
798,467 views

Legendary architect Renzo Piano -- the mind behind such indelible buildings as The Shard in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the new Whitney Museum of Art in New York City -- takes us on a stunning tour through his life's work. With the aid of gorgeous imagery, Piano makes an eloquent case for architecture as the answer to our dreams, aspirations and desire for beauty. "Universal beauty is one of the few things that can change the world," he says. "This beauty will save the world. One person at a time, but it will do it."

Sunni Patterson: "Wild Women"

TEDWomen 2017

Sunni Patterson: "Wild Women"
327,599 views

With lightning on her tongue, Sunni Patterson performs her powerful poem, "Wild Women," accompanied by the entrancing moves of dancer Chanice Holmes.

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes: "Chasms"

TEDWomen 2017

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes: "Chasms"
194,106 views

Writer and activist Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes lights up the stage with a powerful poem about hope, truth and the space between who we are and who we want to be.

Stephen Webb: Where are all the aliens?

TED2018

Stephen Webb: Where are all the aliens?
3,811,637 views

The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets -- so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has an explanation: we're alone in the universe. In a mind-expanding talk, he spells out the remarkable barriers a planet would need to clear in order to host an extraterrestrial civilization -- and makes a case for the beauty of our potential cosmic loneliness. "The silence of the universe is shouting, 'We're the creatures who got lucky,'" Webb says.

Supasorn Suwajanakorn: Fake videos of real people -- and how to spot them

TED2018

Supasorn Suwajanakorn: Fake videos of real people -- and how to spot them
1,037,660 views

Do you think you're good at spotting fake videos, where famous people say things they've never said in real life? See how they're made in this astonishing talk and tech demo. Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn shows how, as a grad student, he used AI and 3D modeling to create photorealistic fake videos of people synced to audio. Learn more about both the ethical implications and the creative possibilities of this tech -- and the steps being taken to fight against its misuse.

Christina Wallace: How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps

TED2018

Christina Wallace: How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps
1,930,259 views

Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill set to invent a "zero date" approach and get off swipe-based apps -- and how you can, too.

Lucy Marcil: Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms

TED2018

Lucy Marcil: Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms
1,241,202 views

More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if those hours could be used for something productive -- like saving money? Through her organization StreetCred, pediatrician and TED Fellow Lucy Marcil is offering free tax prep to parents right in the waiting room, reimagining what a doctor's visit can look like and helping to lift families out of poverty. Learn more about how free tax prep and guidance could be the best poverty prescription we have in the US.

Pratik Shah: How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease

TEDGlobal 2017

Pratik Shah: How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease
1,394,883 views

Today's AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient's disease. What if we could drastically reduce the amount of data needed to train an AI, making diagnoses low-cost and more effective? TED Fellow Pratik Shah is working on a clever system to do just that. Using an unorthodox AI approach, Shah has developed a technology that requires as few as 50 images to develop a working algorithm -- and can even use photos taken on doctors' cell phones to provide a diagnosis. Learn more about how this new way to analyze medical information could lead to earlier detection of life-threatening illnesses and bring AI-assisted diagnosis to more health care settings worldwide.

Boy Girl Banjo: "Dead Romance"

TEDNYC

Boy Girl Banjo: "Dead Romance"
287,759 views

Acoustic duo Anielle Reid and Matthew Brookshire (playing together as Boy Girl Banjo) take the TED stage to perform their original song "Dead Romance," weaving together the sounds of Americana folk music and modern pop.

Mikhail Zygar: What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media

TED2018

Mikhail Zygar: What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media
1,310,403 views

History is written by the victors, as the saying goes -- but what would it look like if it was written by everyone? Journalist and TED Fellow Mikhail Zygar is on a mission to show us with Project1917, a "social network for dead people" that posts the real diaries and letters of more than 3,000 people who lived during the Russian Revolution. By showing the daily thoughts of the likes of Lenin, Trotsky and many less celebrated figures, the project sheds new light on history as it once was -- and as it could have been. Learn more about this digital retelling of the past as well as Zygar's latest project about the transformative year of 1968.

Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu: What your smart devices know (and share) about you

TED2018

Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu: What your smart devices know (and share) about you
1,832,892 views

Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising -- and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits -- and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)

Elizabeth White: An honest look at the personal finance crisis

TEDxVCU

Elizabeth White: An honest look at the personal finance crisis
1,534,931 views

Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.