James Watson: How we discovered DNA

TED2005

James Watson: How we discovered DNA

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Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.

Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

TED2006

Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

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Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them.

Thomas Barnett: Let's rethink America's military strategy

TED2005

Thomas Barnett: Let's rethink America's military strategy

1,169,982 views


In this bracingly honest talk, international security strategist Thomas Barnett outlines a post-Cold War solution for the foundering U.S. military that is both sensible and breathtaking in its simplicity: Break it in two.

Thom Mayne: How architecture can connect us

TED2005

Thom Mayne: How architecture can connect us

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Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form.

Steven Levitt: Surprising stats about child carseats

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Levitt: Surprising stats about child carseats

775,598 views


Steven Levitt shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids from dying in cars. However, during the question and answer session, he makes one crucial caveat.

Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

TED2004

Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

3,002,651 views


"Freakonomics" author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn't lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

TED2003

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

5,778,257 views


In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Ross Lovegrove: Organic design, inspired by nature

TED2005

Ross Lovegrove: Organic design, inspired by nature

1,114,027 views


Designer Ross Lovegrove expounds his philosophy of "fat-free" design and offers insight into several of his extraordinary products, including the Ty Nant water bottle and the Go chair.

Rives: If I controlled the Internet

TEDSalon 2006

Rives: If I controlled the Internet

1,871,519 views


How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.

Richard Baraniuk: The birth of the open-source learning revolution

TED2006

Richard Baraniuk: The birth of the open-source learning revolution

994,132 views


In 2006, open-learning visionary Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions (now called OpenStax), an open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.

Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

TED2005

Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

3,151,459 views

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Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango...Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.

Peter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

TED2006

Peter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

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Musician and activist Peter Gabriel shares his very personal motivation for standing up for human rights with the watchdog group WITNESS -- and tells stories of citizen journalists in action.

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

TED2006

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

5,564,414 views


Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

TED2006

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

531,006 views


The founding mother of the blog revolution, Movable Type's Mena Trott, talks about the early days of blogging, when she realized that giving regular people the power to share our lives online is the key to building a friendlier, more connected world.

Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves

TED2005

Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves

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Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

TED2006

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

9,740,248 views


Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.

Golan Levin: Software (as) art

TED2004

Golan Levin: Software (as) art

616,485 views


Engineer and artist Golan Levin pushes the boundaries of what's possible with audiovisuals and technology. In an amazing TED display, he shows two programs he wrote to perform his original compositions.

Frank Gehry: A master architect asks, Now what?

TED2002

Frank Gehry: A master architect asks, Now what?

981,800 views


In a wildly entertaining discussion with Richard Saul Wurman, architect Frank Gehry gives TEDsters his take on the power of failure, his recent buildings, and the all-important "Then what?" factor.

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

TED2002

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

1,746,775 views


Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.

Dean Kamen: To invent is to give

TED2002

Dean Kamen: To invent is to give

711,661 views


Inventor Dean Kamen lays out his argument for the Segway and offers a peek into his next big ideas (portable energy and water purification for developing countries).

David Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

TED2002

David Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

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In this emotionally charged conversation with journalist Kurt Andersen, designer David Rockwell discusses the process of building a viewing platform at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11.

David Pogue: Simplicity sells

TED2006

David Pogue: Simplicity sells

1,685,629 views


New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

Craig Venter: Sampling the ocean's DNA

TEDGlobal 2005

Craig Venter: Sampling the ocean's DNA

570,071 views


Genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean's biodiversity.

Chris Bangle: Great cars are great art

TED2002

Chris Bangle: Great cars are great art

884,666 views


American designer Chris Bangle explains his philosophy that car design is an art form in its own right, with an entertaining -- and ultimately moving -- account of the BMW Group's Deep Blue project, intended to create the SUV of the future.

Burt Rutan: The real future of space exploration

TED2006

Burt Rutan: The real future of space exploration

2,126,741 views


In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.