Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

TED2008

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

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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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"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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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.

Ernest Madu: World-class health care

TEDGlobal 2007

Ernest Madu: World-class health care

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Dr. Ernest Madu runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, where he proves that -- with careful design, smart technical choices, and a true desire to serve -- it's possible to offer world-class healthcare in the developing world.

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

TED2008

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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