Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

TED2007

Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

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Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

TED2006

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

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The avant-garde string quartet Ethel performs the third movement from Phil Kline's four-part suite "The Blue Room and Other Stories." Searching melodic lines show off the deep, emotional musicality of these passionate players.

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

TED2007

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

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Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

TEDSalon 2006

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

TED2007

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

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"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Want to help Africa? Do business here

TED2007

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Want to help Africa? Do business here

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We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

TED2003

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

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Marine biologist Tierney Thys asks us to step into the water to visit the world of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish. Basking, eating jellyfish and getting massages, this behemoth offers clues to life in the open sea.

Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing

TED2003

Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing

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Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain -- to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.

Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

TED2006

Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

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Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It'll take you 3 minutes to find out.

David Kelley: Human-centered design

TED2002

David Kelley: Human-centered design

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IDEO's David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.

James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

TED2004

James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

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In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

Stew: "Black Men Ski"

TED2006

Stew: "Black Men Ski"

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What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew and his band are about to let you know.

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

TED2004

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

TED2002

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

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Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

TED2004

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

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Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

TED2006

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

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Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

TED2002

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

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Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

TED2005

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

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In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

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Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

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Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

TED2005

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

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Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

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In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

TED2003

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

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Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

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Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.