Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

TED1998

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

206,073 views


In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready looks at a planet on which humans have utterly dominated nature, and talks about what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. His contribution: solar planes, superefficient gliders and the electric car.

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

TED2004

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

1,228,590 views


Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself.

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

TED2004

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

389,352 views


In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade.

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?

TED2008

John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they?

2,026,548 views


Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind

EG 2007

Paola Antonelli: Design and the Elastic Mind

326,400 views


MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show Design and the Elastic Mind -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

TED2008

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

1,560,390 views


Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

TED2004

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

4,472,965 views


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

TED2003

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

1,878,648 views


Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables

TED2003

James Burchfield: Playing invisible turntables

811,147 views


Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

TED2008

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

548,445 views


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

TED2003

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

361,168 views


Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.

David Perry: Are games better than life?

TED2006

David Perry: Are games better than life?

1,141,320 views


Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life."

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

TED Prize Wish

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

432,894 views


An ancient disease is taking on a deadly new form. James Nachtwey share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a newly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that has developed due to misused and inadequate medical treatments -- and that might be touching off a global medical crisis.

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

TED2003

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

619,764 views


In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

TED2003

Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate

1,156,272 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

1,091,821 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

532,005 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

434,515 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

1,896,563 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

1,249,968 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

463,319 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

192,968 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

695,008 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

1,022,886 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

2,995,636 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.