Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

EG 2008

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

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At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

TEDIndia 2009

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

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Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

TEDIndia 2009

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

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With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

TEDGlobal 2009

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

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With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

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Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

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Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

TEDIndia 2009

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

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Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

TEDGlobal 2009

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

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Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

TEDGlobal 2009

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

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Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more.

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

TEDIndia 2009

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

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India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor -- not just through trade and politics, but through "soft" power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it's not the size of the army that matters as much as a country's ability to influence the world's hearts and minds.

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

TEDIndia 2009

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

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At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells a transformative story in dance -- and argues that the arts may be the most powerful way to effect change, whether political, social or personal.

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

TEDIndia 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

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At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

TEDGlobal 2009

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

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Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol"-style shows -- one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates -- and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

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In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

TED2009

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

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At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

TEDGlobal 2009

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

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We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

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Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

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It's hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

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Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur'an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

Chautauqua Institution

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

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Join Rev. James Forbes at the dinner table of his Southern childhood, where his mother and father taught him what compassion really means day to day -- sharing with those who need love.

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

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While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

TEDGlobal 2009

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

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The euphonium, with its sweet brass sound, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Cutting loose on the euph, prodigy Matthew White performs Nat McIntosh's hip-hop-inflected "The Warrior Comes Out to Play."

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

TEDGlobal 2009

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

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The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Becky  Blanton: The year I was homeless

TEDGlobal 2009

Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

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Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

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Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.