Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

TED2006

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

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Readability: 3.1


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.

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

TED2006

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

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Readability: 3.6


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

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Readability: 3.9


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.

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

TED2002

Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?

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Readability: 3.7


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

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Readability: 3.5


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 Pogue: Simplicity sells

TED2006

David Pogue: Simplicity sells

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Readability: 3.8


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

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Readability: 5.3


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

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Readability: 3.2


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.

Ashraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

TEDGlobal 2005

Ashraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

848,252 views

Readability: 4.5


Ashraf Ghani's passionate and powerful 10-minute talk, emphasizing the necessity of both economic investment and design ingenuity to rebuild broken states, is followed by a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson on the future of Afghanistan.

Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life

TED2006

Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life

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Readability: 3.6


Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.

Al Gore: Averting the climate crisis

TED2006

Al Gore: Averting the climate crisis

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Readability: 4.1


With the same humor and humanity he exuded in "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter brand name for global warming.