Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

TEDGlobal 2007

Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

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Readability: 3.8


Hector Ruiz, the executive chair of AMD, wants to give Internet access to everyone. In this talk, he shares his extraordinary life story and describes AMD's 50x15 initiative that calls for connecting 50 percent of the world by 2015.

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

TED2008

Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

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Readability: 4.2


"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

TED2008

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

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Readability: 4.5


Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.

Ernest Madu: World-class health care

TEDGlobal 2007

Ernest Madu: World-class health care

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Readability: 3.7


Dr. Ernest Madu runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, where he proves that -- with careful design, smart technical choices, and a true desire to serve -- it's possible to offer world-class healthcare in the developing world.

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

TED2008

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

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Readability: 4.3


Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

TED2008

Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

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Readability: 4.3


In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.

Jakob Trollback: A new kind of music video

TED2007

Jakob Trollback: A new kind of music video

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Readability: 2.8


What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form.

David Hoffman: Sputnik mania

TED2007

David Hoffman: Sputnik mania

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Readability: 4.9


Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the world.

Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

TED2006

Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

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Readability: 3.5


Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides -- and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he's a scientist: "Once I do something, I want to do something else."

Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

TED2008

Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

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Readability: 4.5


People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School

TED2008

Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School

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Readability: 3.3


Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open

Frank Gehry: My days as a young rebel

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Frank Gehry: My days as a young rebel

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Readability: 3.3


Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

TED2008

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

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Readability: 3.7


Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about ideas

TED2007

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about ideas

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Readability: 3.4


With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -– mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.

Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life

TED2008

Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life

1,029,572 views

Readability: 4.7


"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome. NOTE: This talk was given in 2008, and this field of science has developed quickly since then. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details.

Steve Jurvetson: Model rocketry

TED2007

Steve Jurvetson: Model rocketry

425,798 views

Readability: 4.1


Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets –- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.

Raspyni Brothers: Juggle and jest

TED2002

Raspyni Brothers: Juggle and jest

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Readability: 4.3


Illustrious jugglers the Raspyni Brothers show off their uncanny balance, agility, coordination and willingness to sacrifice (others). Now, if you'll just stand completely still...