Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

TED2008

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

1,573,550 views

Readability: 4.7


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.

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

TED2003

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

1,898,730 views

Readability: 5.3


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.

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

TED2003

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

363,258 views

Readability: 3.9


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?

1,148,735 views

Readability: 3.9


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

434,562 views

Readability: 4.8


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

622,153 views

Readability: 3.6


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.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

TED2007

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

1,102,787 views

Readability: 2.8


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

534,792 views

Readability: 3.5


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.

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

TED2008

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

1,918,614 views

Readability: 2.4


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.

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

EG 2007

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

465,690 views

Readability: 3.4


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

194,458 views

Readability: 3.3


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

696,646 views

Readability: 4.2


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

1,026,215 views

Readability: 3.5


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.

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

TEDGlobal 2005

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

521,963 views

Readability: 3.8


Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

TED2007

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

1,053,456 views

Readability: 3.3


Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.