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.

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

TED2007

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

1,482,104 views

Readability: 3.9


What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

TED2007

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

635,861 views

Readability: 3.5


Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what's possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

TED2007

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

461,635 views

Readability: 4.2


Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

TED2002

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

338,233 views

Readability: 3.8


Chris Anderson gave this talk in 2002, prior to taking over leadership of TED. Co-founder Richard Saul Wurman was leaving, and TED's future was in the balance. He seeks to persuade TEDsters that what was then a for-profit conference had a secure future as an idea-based nonprofit endeavor.

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

TEDGlobal 2005

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

687,295 views

Readability: 4.6


By making photographs that seem to show our favorite celebs (Diana, Elton John) doing what we really, secretly, want to see them doing, Alison Jackson explores our desire to get personal with celebs. Contains graphic images.

Bernie Dunlap: The life-long learner

TED2007

Bernie Dunlap: The life-long learner

1,986,579 views

Readability: 4.6


Wofford College president Bernie Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

TED2007

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

14,681,917 views

Readability: 3.6


David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon.

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

TED2007

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

3,694,352 views

Readability: 3.1


J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including Lost, Star Trek and the upcoming Star Wars VII -- back to its magical beginnings.