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

494,322 views

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

339,178 views

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

1,468,330 views

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

1,414,551 views

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

TED1990

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

22,677,063 views

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

799,248 views

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

1,035,660 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

428,582 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

832,871 views

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...

George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

TED2002

George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

806,270 views

Readability: 3.8


Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

TEDGlobal 2007

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

209,396 views

Readability: 3.3


Joseph Lekuton, a member of parliament in Kenya, starts with the story of his remarkable education, then offers a parable of how Africa can grow. His message of hope has never been more relevant.

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

TED2002

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

567,092 views

Readability: 3.9


Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.

Eve Ensler: What security means to me

TEDGlobal 2005

Eve Ensler: What security means to me

1,127,080 views

Readability: 4


Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change.