TED Talks Daily (SD video)

TED Talks Daily (SD video)

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. On this video feed, you’ll find TED Talks to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events a


Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios
Nov 15 • 10 min
Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn’t just perpetuate outdated stereotypes — it’s also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why…
What’s really happening at the US-Mexico border — and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro
Nov 14 • 14 min
At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily work…
How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen
Nov 13 • 11 min
Teachers emotionally support our kids — but who’s supporting our teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of “secondary trauma” — the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students’…
What it’s like to live on the International Space Station | Cady Coleman
Nov 13 • 6 min
In this quick, fun talk, astronaut Cady Coleman welcomes us aboard the International Space Station, where she spent nearly six months doing experiments that expanded the frontiers of science. Hear what it’s like to fly to work, sleep without gravity and…
Cryptographers, quantum computers and the war for information | Craig Costello
Nov 12 • 16 min
In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today’s machines — and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See…
Small rockets are the next space revolution | Peter Beck
Nov 12 • 11 min
We’re in the dawn of a new space revolution, says engineer Peter Beck: the revolution of the small. In a talk packed with insights into the state of the space industry, Beck shares his work building rockets capable of delivering small payloads to space…
How India’s local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey
Nov 11 • 9 min
India has one of the world’s highest rates of plastic recycling, thanks largely to an extensive network of informal recyclers known as “kabadiwalas.” Entrepreneur Mani Vajipey discusses his work to organize their massive efforts into a collection system…
Hope and justice for women who’ve survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani
Nov 11 • 15 min
Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS — and her work seeking justice for the survivors. “These victims have been through unimaginable…
A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin
Nov 8 • 10 min
In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical “At Buffalo.” Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world’s fair held in Buffalo, New…
Urban architecture inspired by mountains, clouds and volcanoes | Ma Yansong
Nov 7 • 12 min
Taking inspiration from nature, architect Ma Yansong designs breathtaking buildings that break free from the boxy symmetry of so many modern cities. His exuberant and graceful work — from a pair of curvy skyscrapers that “dance” with each other to an…
What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good? | Eli Pariser
Nov 7 • 17 min
Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser shows how the problems we’re encountering on digital platforms aren’t all that new — and shares how, by…
Our immigration conversation is broken — here’s how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer
Nov 6 • 16 min
How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an “insider vs. outsider” framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration — and suggests a set of…
What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner
Nov 5 • 12 min
Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening…
The Amazon belongs to humanity — let’s protect it together | Tashka and Laura Yawanawá
Nov 5 • 5 min
Tashka and Laura Yawanawa╠ü lead the Yawanawá people in Acre, Brazil — a tribe that stewards almost 500,000 acres of Amazon rainforest. As footage of the Amazon burning shocks the world’s consciousness, Tashka and Laura call for us to transform this moment…
What open water swimming taught me about resilience | Bhakti Sharma
Nov 4 • 10 min
Dive into the deep with open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, as she shares what she learned about resilience during her personal journey from the scorching heat of Rajasthan, India to the bone-chilling waters of her record-breaking swim in Antarctica and her…
The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert
Nov 4 • 15 min
As a “corporate suit” (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald’s, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find solutions that are good for both business and society. In this actionable talk, he shares stories from…
The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn
Nov 1 • 14 min
The cells in your body are like computer software: they’re “programmed” to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says computational biologist…
How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb
Nov 1 • 16 min
Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from…
What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker
Oct 31 • 15 min
Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of…
What productive conflict can offer a workplace | Jess Kutch
Oct 30 • 6 min
Got an idea to make your workplace better? Labor organizer and TED Fellow Jess Kutch can show you how to put it into action. In this quick talk, she explains how “productive conflict” — when people organize to challenge and change their work lives for the…
Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers
Oct 30 • 16 min
Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their…
The price of a “clean” internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Oct 29 • 15 min
Millions of images and videos are uploaded to the internet each day, yet we rarely see shocking and disturbing content in our social media feeds. Who’s keeping the internet “clean” for us? In this eye-opening talk, documentarians Hans Block and Moritz…
The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji
Oct 29 • 5 min
Many diseases are driven by metabolites — small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol — but we don’t know exactly what they are or how they work. Biotech entrepreneur and TED Fellow Leila Pirhaji shares her plan to build an AI-based…
How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso
Oct 28 • 13 min
Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the region’s population continues to increase, so will the need to build a new energy system to grow with it, says…
How we experience awe — and why it matters | Beau Lotto and Cirque du Soleil
Oct 25 • 14 min
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings — and stands back as Cirque du Soleil…
How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust | Claire Wardle
Oct 24 • 12 min
How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? Misinformation expert Claire Wardle explores the new challenges of our polluted online environment and maps out a…
The link between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu
Oct 24 • 5 min
Mangrove forests are crucial to the health of the planet, gobbling up CO2 from the atmosphere and providing a home for a diverse array of species. But these rich habitats are under continual threat from deforestation and industry. In an empowering talk,…
The pride and power of representation in film | Jon M. Chu
Oct 23 • 14 min
On the heels of the breakout success of his film “Crazy Rich Asians,” director Jon M. Chu reflects on what drives him to create — and makes a resounding case for the power of connection and on-screen representation.
How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka
Oct 23 • 14 min
How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people’s competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in…
The danger of AI is weirder than you think | Janelle Shane
Oct 22 • 10 min
The danger of artificial intelligence isn’t that it’s going to rebel against us, but that it’s going to do exactly what we ask it to do, says AI researcher Janelle Shane. Sharing the weird, sometimes alarming antics of AI algorithms as they try to solve…
Fashion that celebrates all body types — boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran
Oct 22 • 8 min
Fashion designers have the power to change culture — and Becca McCharen-Tran is using her platform to expand the industry’s narrow definition of beauty. Sharing highlights of her work, McCharen-Tran discusses the inspiration behind her norm-shattering…
How we’re using dogs to sniff out malaria | James Logan
Oct 21 • 17 min
What if we could diagnose some of the world’s deadliest diseases by the smells our bodies give off? In a fascinating talk and live demo, biologist James Logan introduces Freya, a malaria-sniffing dog, to show how we can harness the awesome powers of…
How nanoparticles could change the way we treat cancer | Joy Wolfram
Oct 18 • 10 min
Ninety-nine percent of cancer drugs never make it to tumors, getting washed out of the body before they have time to do their job. How can we better deliver life-saving drugs? Cancer researcher Joy Wolfram shares cutting-edge medical research into…
A love story for the coral reef crisis | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Oct 18 • 6 min
Over the course of hundreds of scuba dives, marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson fell in love — with a fish. In this ode to parrotfish, she shares five reasons why these creatures are simply amazing (from their ability to poop white sand to make…
How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris
Oct 17 • 11 min
We need a radically new approach to ocean conservation, says marine biologist and TED Fellow Alasdair Harris. In a visionary talk, he lays out a surprising solution to the problem of overfishing that could both revive marine life and rebuild local…
A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood
Oct 16 • 13 min
During the winter of 2018-2019, one million tons of salt were applied to icy roads in the state of Pennsylvania alone. The salt from industrial uses like this often ends up in freshwater rivers, making their water undrinkable and contributing to a growing…
The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas
Oct 15 • 14 min
How does psychological trauma affect children’s developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the…
An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock
Oct 15 • 15 min
Over his eight-year prison sentence, Marcus Bullock was sustained by his mother’s love — and by the daily letters and photos she sent of life on the outside. Years later, as an entrepreneur, Bullock asked himself: How can I make it easier for all families…
How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua
Oct 15 • 13 min
Social entrepreneur Julie Cordua works on a problem that isn’t easy to talk about: the sexual abuse of children in images and videos on the internet. At Thorn, she’s building technology to connect the dots between the tech industry, law enforcement and…
After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up | David Deutsch
Oct 14 • 15 min
Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the “great monotony” — the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years — and shows how humanity’s capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be…
Revelations from a lifetime of dance | Judith Jamison and members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Oct 11 • 17 min
“Dance can elevate our human experience beyond words,” says Judith Jamison, artistic director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In between performances of excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s classic works “Revelations” and “Cry,” Jamison reflects…
What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully | Shannon Lee
Oct 10 • 11 min
Most of us know Bruce Lee as the famous martial artist and action film star — but he was also a philosopher who taught “self-actualization”: the practice of how to be yourself in the best way possible. In this inspiring talk, Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee…
How we’re using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases | Laura Boykin
Oct 10 • 12 min
Nearly 800 million people worldwide depend on cassava for survival — but this critical food source is under attack by entirely preventable viruses, says computational biologist and TED Senior Fellow Laura Boykin. She takes us to the farms in East Africa…
A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez
Oct 9 • 10 min
In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down to earth — and showing what you can do every day to create a sense…
A radical plan to end plastic waste | Andrew Forrest
Oct 8 • 14 min
Plastic is an incredible substance for the economy — and the worst substance possible for the environment, says entrepreneur Andrew Forrest. In a conversation meant to spark debate, Forrest and head of TED Chris Anderson discuss an ambitious plan to get…
How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil
Oct 8 • 4 min
Local reporters are on the front lines of important stories, but their work often goes unnoticed by national and international news outlets. TED Fellow and journalist Gangadhar Patil is working to change that. In this quick talk, he shows how he’s…
The transformative power of video games | Herman Narula
Oct 8 • 12 min
A full third of the world’s population — 2.6 billion people — play video games, plugging into massive networks of interaction that have opened up opportunities well beyond entertainment. In a talk about the future of the medium, entrepreneur Herman Narula…
This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic
Oct 7 • 9 min
Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean — until astrobiologist Tara Djokic and her team made an unexpected discovery in the western Australian desert. Learn how an…
Reducing corruption takes a specific kind of investment | Efosa Ojomo
Oct 4 • 11 min
Traditional thinking on corruption goes like this: if you put good laws in place and enforce them well, then economic development increases and corruption falls. In reality, we have the equation backwards, says innovation researcher Efosa Ojomo. In this…
Why language is humanity’s greatest invention | David Peterson
Oct 3 • 14 min
Civilization rests upon the existence of language, says language creator David Peterson. In a talk that’s equal parts passionate and hilarious, he shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity — and…
What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen
Oct 3 • 13 min
With fascinating research and hilarious anecdotes, neuroscientist Camilla Arndal Andersen takes us into the lab where she studies people’s sense of taste via brain scans. She reveals surprising insights about the way our brains subconsciously experience…
What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz
Oct 2 • 16 min
The US health care system assumes many things about patients: that they can take off from work in the middle of the day, speak English, have a working telephone and a steady supply of food. Because of that, it’s failing many of those who are most in need,…
How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah
Oct 1 • 5 min
Conservationist and TED Fellow Moreangels Mbizah studied the famous Cecil the lion until he was shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. She wonders how things could’ve gone differently, asking: “What if the community that lived next to Cecil was involved in…
Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres
Oct 1 • 6 min
The average farmer in America makes less than 15 cents of every dollar on a product that you purchase at a store. They feed our communities, but farmers often cannot afford the very foods they grow. In this actionable talk, social entrepreneur Mohammad…
How we experience time and memory through art | Sarah Sze
Sep 30 • 13 min
Artist Sarah Sze takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through her work: immersive installations as tall as buildings, splashed across walls, orbiting through galleries — blurring the lines between time, memory and space. Explore how we give meaning to…
Creativity builds nations | Muthoni Drummer Queen
Sep 27 • 11 min
In a hopeful talk followed by an empowering performance, musician and TED Fellow Muthoni Drummer Queen shares how industries like music, film and fashion provide a platform for Africans to broadcast their rich and diverse talents — and explains how the…
How one tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit | Sam Van Aken
Sep 27 • 11 min
Artist Sam Van Aken shares the breathtaking work behind the “Tree of 40 Fruit,” an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees that grow 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries — all on the same tree. What began as an art…
A wall won’t solve America’s border problems | Will Hurd
Sep 26 • 17 min
“Building a 30-foot-high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” says Congressman Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas whose district encompasses two times zones and shares an 820-mile…
How we’re building the world’s largest family tree | Yaniv Erlich
Sep 25 • 11 min
Computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich helped build the world’s largest family tree — comprising 13 million people and going back more than 500 years. He shares fascinating patterns that emerged from the work — about our love lives, our health, even…
How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski
Sep 24 • 9 min
As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski is often asked: How do couples sustain a strong sexual connection over the long term? In this funny, insightful talk, she shares her answer — drawing on (somewhat surprising) research to reveal why some couples stop having…