John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

TED2007

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

1,257,313 views


The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

427,799 views

No Transcript

After Vusi Mahlasela's 3-song set at TEDGlobal, the audience wouldn't let him go. His encore, "Woza," showcases his brilliant guitar playing and multilingual lyrics.

Zeresenay Alemseged: The search for humanity's roots

TEDGlobal 2007

Zeresenay Alemseged: The search for humanity's roots

936,365 views


Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia's badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child -- and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

TED2002

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

1,734,439 views


How might the human race end? Stephen Petranek lays out 10 terrible options and the science behind them. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

1,987,430 views


In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

TED2007

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

2,192,367 views


Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

TED2007

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

4,039,151 views


Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

TED2007

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

1,052,088 views


Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

TEDGlobal 2007

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

776,632 views


In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

548,298 views


South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela dedicates his song, "Thula Mama," to all women -- and especially his grandmother.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

TEDGlobal 2007

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

880,492 views


Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how "patient capital" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services -- and dignity -- to the world's poorest.

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

TEDGlobal 2007

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

1,289,716 views


A liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders, says university head Patrick Awuah -- because it builds decision-making skills, an ethical framework and a broad vision. Awuah himself left a career at Microsoft in the US to found a liberal arts school in Africa: Ashesi University, in his home nation of Ghana. A passionate talk about dreaming, doing and leading.

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

578,704 views


In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that "what we know about how to be who we are" comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

TEDGlobal 2007

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

1,653,886 views


When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

TEDGlobal 2007

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

543,691 views


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.

George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos

TEDGlobal 2007

George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos

665,621 views


Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa -- and calls on the "Cheetah generation" to take back the continent.

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

TED2007

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

573,685 views


When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new hip -- and that Canada’s national health care system would require her to spend nearly 2 years on a waiting list (and in pain) -- she took matters into her own hands.

Rives: The  4 a.m. mystery

TED2007

Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery

3,629,570 views


Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game

TED2007

Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game

1,141,323 views


In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

TED2003

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

966,354 views


Deborah Gordon studies ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system. She asks: How do these chitinous creatures get down to business -- and even multitask when they need to -- with no language, memory or visible leadership? Her answers could lead to a better understanding of all complex systems, from the brain to the Web. Thanks, ants.

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

TED2007

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

1,063,993 views


Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

Emily Oster: Flip your thinking on AIDS in Africa

TED2007

Emily Oster: Flip your thinking on AIDS in Africa

864,194 views


Emily Oster re-examines the stats on AIDS in Africa from an economic perspective and reaches a stunning conclusion: Everything we know about the spread of HIV on the continent is wrong.

Bill Stone: I'm going to the moon. Who's with me?

TED2007

Bill Stone: I'm going to the moon. Who's with me?

1,843,122 views


Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

TED2007

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

3,296,764 views


Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.