Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

EG 2007

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

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Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "Clonie"

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Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

TED2007

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

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Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

TED2008

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

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Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

TED2002

Robert Full: Robots inspired by cockroach ingenuity

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Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

TED2008

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

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Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

TEDGlobal 2005

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

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In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

TED2008

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

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Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

TED2008

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

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Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

TED2008

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

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Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

TED2008

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

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Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

TEDGlobal 2007

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

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Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

TED2008

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

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Readability: 3.4


Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."

Rokia Traore: "Kounandi"

TEDGlobal 2007

Rokia Traore: "Kounandi"

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Singer-songwriter Rokia Traore performs "Kounandi," a breathtaking song that blends Malian instruments with a modern, heartfelt vocal. Note: This song is not available for download.

Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

EG 2007

Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

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In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.

Joshua Klein: A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

TED2008

Joshua Klein: A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

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Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human.

Paul Ewald: Can we domesticate germs?

TED2007

Paul Ewald: Can we domesticate germs?

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Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

TEDGlobal 2007

Hector Ruiz: The thinking behind 50x15

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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.