William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

TEDGlobal 2007

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

TEDGlobal 2007

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

TED2007

Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

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When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new hip -- and that Canada’s national health care system would require her to spend nearly 2 years on a waiting list (and in pain) -- she took matters into her own hands.

Rives: The  4 a.m. mystery

TED2007

Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery

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Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

TED2003

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

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Deborah Gordon studies ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system. She asks: How do these chitinous creatures get down to business -- and even multitask when they need to -- with no language, memory or visible leadership? Her answers could lead to a better understanding of all complex systems, from the brain to the Web. Thanks, ants.

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

TED2007

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories

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Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

Bill Stone: Inside the world's deepest caves

TED2007

Bill Stone: Inside the world's deepest caves

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Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter's moon Europa.

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

TED2007

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

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Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

TED2007

Stephen Lawler: Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth

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Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

TED2006

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

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The avant-garde string quartet Ethel performs the third movement from Phil Kline's four-part suite "The Blue Room and Other Stories." Searching melodic lines show off the deep, emotional musicality of these passionate players.

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

TED2007

Anand Agarawala: Rethink the desktop with BumpTop

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Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

TEDSalon 2006

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

TED2007

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

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"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

TED2003

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

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Marine biologist Tierney Thys asks us to step into the water to visit the world of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish. Basking, eating jellyfish and getting massages, this behemoth offers clues to life in the open sea.

David Kelley: Human-centered design

TED2002

David Kelley: Human-centered design

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IDEO's David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

TED2004

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

TED2002

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

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Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

TED2004

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

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Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."