TED Talks with English transcript

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

TED2003

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them
338,110 views

Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.

Chris Abani: On humanity

TED2008

Chris Abani: On humanity
911,881 views

Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on

EG 2007

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on
428,552 views

Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

TED2007

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines
900,891 views

Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything

TED2008

David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything
1,060,586 views

Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

TED2008

Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art
1,761,076 views

Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

TEDGlobal 2005

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration
1,221,427 views

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

TED2008

Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual
1,557,174 views

Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

TED2008

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil
6,469,241 views

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"

TED2008

Paul Collier: The "bottom billion"
1,290,153 views

Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"

TED2008

Susan Blackmore: Memes and "temes"
789,810 views

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria

TEDGlobal 2007

Seyi Oyesola: A hospital tour in Nigeria
247,442 views

Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories

TED2008

Yves Behar: Designing objects that tell stories
1,205,648 views

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"
95,154 views
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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
4,322,138 views

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.