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How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey
Apr 17 • 25 min
Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform — acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some…
Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr
Apr 16 • 15 min
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable…
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya
Apr 15 • 12 min
Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices in Kenya. Meet two students at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school where girls can live and study…
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid
Apr 12 • 11 min
At 16, Rana Abdelhamid started teaching self-defense to women and girls in her neighborhood. Almost 10 years later, these community classes have grown into Malikah: a global grassroots network creating safety, power and solidarity for all women. How did…
How risk-taking changes a teenager’s brain | Kashfia Rahman
Apr 11 • 11 min
Why do teenagers sometimes make outrageous, risky choices? Do they suddenly become reckless, or are they just going through a natural phase? To find out, Kashfia Rahman — winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (and a Harvard…
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland
Apr 10 • 6 min
Keith Kirkland is developing wearable tech that communicates information using only the sense of touch. He’s trying to figure out: What gestures and vibration patterns could intuitively communicate ideas like “stop” or “go”? Check out his team’s first…
We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny
Apr 9 • 15 min
In a talk that’s by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let’s face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is…
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman
Apr 8 • 9 min
In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces “dialogue journalism”: a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support…
An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard
Apr 5 • 15 min
Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die — a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch…
What refugees need to start new lives | Muhammed Idris
Apr 4 • 6 min
Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of…
A Parkland teacher’s homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
Apr 3 • 15 min
Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans…
How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble
Apr 2 • 11 min
Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby’s First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are…
How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alexander MacDonald
Apr 1 • 13 min
Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales — from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Verne to…
Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? | Chuck Murry
Mar 29 • 14 min
The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the human body — a big factor in making heart failure the number one killer worldwide. What if we could help heart muscle regenerate after injury? Physician and scientist Chuck Murry shares his…
A short history of trans people’s long fight for equality | Samy Nour Younes
Mar 28 • 6 min
Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs — and a fight for civil rights that’s been raging for a long time. “Imagine how…
To detect diseases earlier, let’s speak bacteria’s secret language | Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi
Mar 27 • 11 min
Bacteria “talk” to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi invented a tool to spy on bacterial chatter and translate their secret…
A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman
Mar 26 • 5 min
Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team’s accidental discovery…
The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant
Mar 25 • 15 min
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including…
12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott
Mar 22 • 15 min
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and…
Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora
Mar 21 • 13 min
To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write — we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help…
How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich
Mar 20 • 12 min
Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and…
3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit
Mar 19 • 14 min
Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an…
The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait
Mar 18 • 11 min
Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses — through a…
How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma
Mar 15 • 12 min
AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time — like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems?…
Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran
Mar 14 • 14 min
Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect — in our social media feeds, in school, at work — is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we can…
Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart
Mar 13 • 11 min
The Earth and Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials — which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What’s responsible for this special connection? Looking for an…
The creative power of misfits | WorkLife with Adam Grant
Mar 12 • 40 min
Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo — just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Audio only)
The “dementia village” that’s redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen
Mar 11 • 10 min
How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped…
We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mar 8 • 29 min
We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks…
The most powerful woman you’ve never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison
Mar 7 • 13 min
Everyone’s heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called “the architect of the civil rights movement,” Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation’s most legendary activists — like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou…
How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski
Mar 6 • 12 min
From floppy disks to thumb drives, every method of storing data eventually becomes obsolete. What if we could find a way to store all the world’s data forever? Bioinformatician Dina Zielinski shares the science behind a solution that’s been around for a…
A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo
Mar 5 • 13 min
César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate directly…
How I’m making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi
Mar 4 • 10 min
Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that’s helping people…
How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy
Mar 1 • 11 min
In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo…
Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here’s how to know | Farida Nabourema
Feb 28 • 11 min
Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa’s oldest autocracy. She’s learned two truths along the way: no country is destined to be oppressed — and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you tell if…
The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand
Feb 27 • 11 min
The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even…
A juror’s reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood
Feb 26 • 16 min
Lindy Lou Isonhood grew up in a town where the death penalty was a fact of life, part of the unspoken culture. But after she served as a juror in a capital murder trial — and voted “yes” to sentencing a guilty man to death — something inside her changed.…
An architect’s subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael
Feb 25 • 11 min
What is a border? It’s a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a moving,…
How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta
Feb 22 • 13 min
“Sí, se puede!” — “Yes, we can!” It’s the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she’s lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her life’s…
How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty
Feb 21 • 10 min
There’s no greater freedom than finding your purpose, says education advocate Ashweetha Shetty. Born to a poor family in rural India, Shetty didn’t let the social norms of her community stifle her dreams and silence her voice. In this personal talk, she…
How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock
Feb 20 • 12 min
When one of Liz Kleinrock’s fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids to discuss taboo topics without fear…
What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder
Feb 20 • 7 min
In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away — and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn’t have to be this way. She’s built a…
What is the meaning of work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman
Feb 19 • 10 min
Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient — but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the people whose jobs might change, go away or become less fulfilling? The question sent him on a two-year…
Lessons from past presidents | Doris Kearns Goodwin
Feb 18 • 18 min
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez
Feb 15 • 18 min
Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriquez…
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
Feb 14 • 11 min
In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they’ve learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Journey…
3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow
Feb 13 • 14 min
What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn’t be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work to…
How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar
Feb 12 • 10 min
Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility — especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and surprisingly…
Why noise is bad for your health — and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner
Feb 12 • 10 min
Silence is a rare commodity these days. There’s traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor’s lawnmower … and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind…
How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum
Feb 11 • 13 min
Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan — and…
America’s forgotten working class | J.D. Vance
Feb 8 • 14 min
J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a…
What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka
Feb 7 • 13 min
There’s no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That’s the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there’s one medium with overlooked potential for medical…
How we can help the “forgotten middle” reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss
Feb 6 • 12 min
You know the “forgotten middle”: they’re the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they’re seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping young…
The uncomplicated truth about women’s sexuality | Sarah Barmak
Feb 5 • 11 min
Is women’s sexuality more complicated than men’s? Well, not really, no, says author Sarah Barmak. In this frank, eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped this discussion for centuries. She debunks some age-old…
How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane
Feb 4 • 9 min
The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we’re handling AI in a way that blocks that path — and sacrificing…
How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales
Feb 1 • 20 min
“Where does it hurt?” It’s a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country’s legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she’s learned, reflecting…
An astronaut’s story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin
Jan 31 • 13 min
What job is best for a young man who’s been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about … astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he’s accepted and the opportunities he’s seized — and how they…
The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn
Jan 31 • 14 min
Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex — with biology that doesn’t fit the standard definition of male or female? (That’s as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this…
The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg
Jan 30 • 11 min
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the…
Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman
Jan 30 • 15 min
What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 — from the early influence of growing up in the…
Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis
Jan 29 • 9 min
The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world’s most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we…
The power of women’s anger | Soraya Chemaly
Jan 28 • 11 min
Anger is a powerful emotion — it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silence? In…
A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford
Jan 25 • 17 min
What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like…
Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next | The TED Interview
Jan 24 • 38 min
Join head of TED Chris Anderson for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from predicting the future arc of technology…
What’s needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson
Jan 23 • 11 min
The American election system is complicated, to say the least — but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic engagement champion Tiana…
How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom
Jan 22 • 12 min
From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink — and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design cities…
How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson
Jan 21 • 17 min
If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we’re going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy — the ability to read, recast and resolve these…
The political progress women have made — and what’s next | Cecile Richards
Jan 18 • 17 min
Women have made enormous progress over the last century — challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there’s still a long way to go, says activist Cecile…
A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj
Jan 17 • 8 min
You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there’s another kind that’s just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor…
Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald
Jan 17 • 17 min
The way we’re taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain…
How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson
Jan 16 • 13 min
If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity’s wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trapping,…
Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school — and how to change that | Monique W. Morris
Jan 15 • 12 min
Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted…
3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West
Jan 14 • 11 min
Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it’s clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an…
Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose
Jan 11 • 10 min
A quantum computer isn’t just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it’s something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding — and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose…
The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu
Jan 10 • 12 min
How exactly does gender work? It’s not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social factors…
What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale
Jan 9 • 11 min
Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of what…
How India’s smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar
Jan 8 • 10 min
India has the second largest population of any country in the world — yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India’s smartphone…
What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro
Jan 8 • 13 min
What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: “What are you willing to give up?” He shares lessons learned from…
The story of a parent’s transition and a son’s redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams
Jan 7 • 13 min
Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonathan…
The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová
Jan 4 • 10 min
Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don’t need some special talent or a “language gene,” says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages)…
How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle
Jan 3 • 12 min
Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert…
In the opioid crisis, here’s what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader
Jan 2 • 14 min
As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it’s like…
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
Jan 1 • 11 min
Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how…
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community…
You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett
Dec 28, 2018 • 18 min
Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions,…
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices…
The story of ‘Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech
Dec 26, 2018 • 13 min
In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet — a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian for…
How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch
Dec 25, 2018 • 12 min
At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a…
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei
Dec 24, 2018 • 15 min
Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it’s broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it — something she worked on…
Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis
Dec 21, 2018 • 12 min
Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been “the extraordinary” — those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she…
The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze
Dec 20, 2018 • 14 min
Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What’s causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked when…
Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson
Dec 19, 2018 • 19 min
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
How “baby bonds” could help close the wealth gap | Darrick Hamilton
Dec 18, 2018 • 12 min
Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth…
How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson
Dec 18, 2018 • 11 min
In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he’s helping others heal by creating a new image of what…
The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman
Dec 17, 2018 • 20 min
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound…
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe
Dec 14, 2018 • 17 min
How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a…
How to be “Team Human” in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff
Dec 13, 2018 • 12 min
Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff — in a world dominated by digital technology, we’re now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for…
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris
Dec 13, 2018 • 13 min
The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a person…
Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif
Dec 12, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time — when companies invest millions of dollars in…
3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd
Dec 11, 2018 • 12 min
What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas…
How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore
Dec 10, 2018 • 15 min
When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children — without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the charity…
The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo
Dec 7, 2018 • 16 min
Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people’s lives — they’re the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they’re invisible, taken for granted or…
Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests,…
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli
Dec 5, 2018 • 12 min
How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations — or our…
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor — she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only choice…
Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
Think about the most tired you’ve ever been at work. It probably wasn’t when you stayed late or came home from a road trip — chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. “If we know that…
Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson
Dec 1, 2018 • 14 min
The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that…
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke
Nov 30, 2018 • 16 min
In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote “Me Too” across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy…
The story of Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera
Nov 29, 2018 • 11 min
With Marvel’s “America Chavez,” Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero — one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer…
100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann
Nov 28, 2018 • 17 min
What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as “drawdown,” is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to…
When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany
Nov 27, 2018 • 13 min
Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you’re thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns of a…
The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg
Nov 26, 2018 • 13 min
Every cell that’s ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G — the basic units of DNA. But now that’s changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organisms…
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
Nov 23, 2018 • 14 min
On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real human…
Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for … everything | The TED Interview
Nov 22, 2018 • 58 min
As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love” was a sensation precisely because of her eloquent, open-hearted descriptions of fear, divorce and wanting everything life had…
Where do your online returns go? | Aparna Mehta
Nov 21, 2018 • 7 min
Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn’t work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-opening…
How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux
Nov 20, 2018 • 12 min
Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled — today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and…
How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can’t agree — on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing…
How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis | Alexander Belcredi
Nov 16, 2018 • 11 min
Viruses have a bad reputation — but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with deadly…
A librarian’s case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek
Nov 15, 2018 • 13 min
Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there’s one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wacek…
Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan
Nov 14, 2018 • 13 min
What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence…
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs
Nov 13, 2018 • 15 min
Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand “thank yous” later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that…
What to trust in a “post-truth” world | Alex Edmans
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias — the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs — can lead…
What it’s like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed
Nov 10, 2018 • 16 min
When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative…
The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis
Nov 9, 2018 • 10 min
Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments — a trend that’s threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the…
The global goals we’ve made progress on — and the ones we haven’t | Michael Green
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
“We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea,” says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important…
How kids can help design cities | Mara Mintzer
Nov 7, 2018 • 14 min
Adults tend to think of kids as “future citizens” — their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn’t they have a say in what the world they’ll inherit will look like? Urban planner…
How I accidentally changed the way movies get made | Franklin Leonard
Nov 7, 2018 • 16 min
How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it’s groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn’t…
Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail | Özlem Cekic
Nov 6, 2018 • 15 min
Özlem Cekic’s email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament — becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a…
The case for curiosity-driven research | Suzie Sheehy
Nov 5, 2018 • 9 min
Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments — and makes the case…
Science can answer moral questions | Sam Harris
Nov 3, 2018 • 23 min
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
A memory scientist’s advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw
Nov 2, 2018 • 9 min
How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias.…
How to let go of being a “good” person — and become a better person | Dolly Chugh
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it’s hard to spot your…
How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy | Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a…
Is war between China and the US inevitable? | Graham Allison
Oct 30, 2018 • 18 min
Taking lessons from a historical pattern called “Thucydides’s Trap,” political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants — and how we can summon the common sense…
What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work — essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he’s focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a crisp…
How isolation fuels opioid addiction | Rachel Wurzman
Oct 29, 2018 • 18 min
What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the…
Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars | David Deutsch
Oct 27, 2018 • 19 min
Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? | Charles C. Mann
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann breaks…
My quest to defy gravity and fly | Elizabeth Streb
Oct 25, 2018 • 9 min
Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She’s jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by footage…
How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm
Oct 24, 2018 • 10 min
What can you do if you’re the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted…
How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it’s the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing…
How nationalism and globalism can coexist | Wanis Kabbaj
Oct 23, 2018 • 12 min
Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary…
How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change | Vinay Shandal
Oct 22, 2018 • 13 min
In a talk that’s equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world’s top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive…
Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert
Oct 20, 2018 • 19 min
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
What does the universe sound like? A musical tour | Matt Russo
Oct 19, 2018 • 16 min
Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it’s often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is…
The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home | Daniel Kraft
Oct 18, 2018 • 12 min
We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don’t work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication,…
5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model — a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond…
The key to a better malaria vaccine | Faith Osier
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago — yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how she’s…
Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling
Oct 16, 2018 • 11 min
We’re far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we’re biologically hardwired to project intent and life…
Let’s protect the oceans like national parks | David Lang
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
You don’t have to be a scientist to help protect the world’s oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang — in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet’s natural treasures many times in history. Lang asks us to…
How whistle-blowers shape history | Kelly Richmond Pope
Oct 12, 2018 • 12 min
Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they’ve shared information that has shaped society — and why they need our trust and protection.
What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work — and vice versa | Chip Conley
Oct 11, 2018 • 12 min
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes…
What Americans agree on when it comes to health | Rebecca Onie
Oct 10, 2018 • 12 min
We may not be as deeply divided as we think — at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they…
3 ways to create a space that moves you, from a Broadway set designer | David Korins
Oct 9, 2018 • 10 min
You don’t have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins — you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” Korins offers a three-step…
How cryptocurrency can help start-ups get investment capital | Ashwini Anburajan
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
We’re living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan — but venture capital hasn’t evolved to keep up, and start-ups aren’t getting the funding they need to grow. In this quick talk, she shares the story of how her company became…
How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold
Oct 8, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk,…
The secrets of spider venom | Michel Dugon
Oct 5, 2018 • 12 min
Spider venom can stop your heart within minutes, cause unimaginable pain — and potentially save your life, says zoologist Michel Dugon. As a tarantula crawls up and down his arm, Dugon explains the medical properties of this potent toxin and how it might…
3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace | Melinda Epler
Oct 4, 2018 • 9 min
We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate…
Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business | Christine Porath
Oct 3, 2018 • 15 min
Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can…
What doctors should know about gender identity | Kristie Overstreet
Oct 2, 2018 • 14 min
Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites us to shift how we view transgender…
How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families | DeAndrea Salvador
Oct 2, 2018 • 5 min
Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow DeAndrea Salvador is working to reduce energy costs so that no one has to make this kind of…
3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree
Oct 1, 2018 • 6 min
Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she’s learned from the game…
How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky
Sep 28, 2018 • 15 min
Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky.
How to build a thriving music scene in your city | Elizabeth Cawein
Sep 27, 2018 • 9 min
How does a city become known as a “music city”? Publicist Elizabeth Cawein explains how thriving music scenes make cities healthier and happier and shares ideas for bolstering your local music scene — and showing off your city’s talent to the world.
What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy
Sep 26, 2018 • 19 min
In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits — some dating back to the 1980s — were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store evidence. When this scandal was uncovered, prosecutor Kym Worthy set a plan into action to get justice for…
How police and the public can create safer neighborhoods together | Tracie Keesee
Sep 25, 2018 • 9 min
We all want to be safe, and our safety is intertwined, says Tracie Keesee, cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity. Sharing lessons she’s learned from 25 years as a police officer, Keesee reflects on the public safety challenges faced by both the…
I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper
Sep 24, 2018 • 15 min
What’s it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing … everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave…
How I became part sea urchin | Catherine Mohr
Sep 21, 2018 • 6 min
As a young scientist, Catherine Mohr was on her dream scuba trip — when she put her hand right down on a spiny sea urchin. While a school of sharks circled above. What happened next? More than you can possibly imagine. Settle in for this fabulous story…
Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell
Sep 20, 2018 • 13 min
Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pillaging…
How we could teach our bodies to heal faster | Kaitlyn Sadtler
Sep 20, 2018 • 4 min
What if we could help our bodies heal faster and without scars, like Wolverine in X-Men? TED Fellow Kaitlyn Sadtler is working to make this dream a reality by developing new biomaterials that could change how our immune system responds to injuries. In…
Why the hospital of the future will be your own home | Niels van Namen
Sep 19, 2018 • 11 min
Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it’s because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what if we could get the lifesaving…
The press trampled on my privacy. Here’s how I took back my story | Kate Stone
Sep 18, 2018 • 6 min
After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative — and help prevent others from losing their privacy, too. Learn how she reclaimed her story in this personal talk infused with humor and…
Why we choke under pressure — and how to avoid it | Sian Leah Beilock
Sep 18, 2018 • 15 min
When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock reveals what happens in your brain and body when you choke in stressful situations, sharing psychological…
Your fingerprints reveal more than you think | Simona Francese
Sep 17, 2018 • 10 min
Our fingerprints are what make us unique — but they’re also home to a world of information hidden in molecules that reveal our actions, lifestyles and routines. In this riveting talk, chemist Simona Francese shows how she studies these microscopic traces…
3 ways to make better decisions — by thinking like a computer | Tom Griffiths
Sep 14, 2018 • 11 min
If you ever struggle to make decisions, here’s a talk for you. Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths shows how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions — on…
How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang
Sep 13, 2018 • 13 min
For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that could help the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a lifesaving transplant. But the risks, specifically…
How I’m using LEGO to teach Arabic | Ghada Wali
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
After a visit to a European library in search of Arabic and Middle Eastern texts turned up only titles about fear, terrorism and destruction, Ghada Wali resolved to represent her culture in a fun, accessible way. The result: a colorful, engaging project…
What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill
Sep 12, 2018 • 11 min
Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of “effective…
Did the global response to 9/11 make us safer? | Benedetta Berti
Sep 11, 2018 • 7 min
If we want sustainable, long-term security to be the norm in the world, it’s time to radically rethink how we can achieve it, says TED Fellow and conflict researcher Benedetta Berti. In an eye-opening talk, Berti explains how building a safer world has a…
A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable | Andrew Bastawrous
Sep 10, 2018 • 11 min
In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along the way, he noticed a problem: strict…
How AI could compose a personalized soundtrack to your life | Pierre Barreau
Sep 10, 2018 • 8 min
Meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history’s greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions created by AIVA and shares his dream:…
A love letter to realism in a time of grief | Mark Pollock and Simone George
Sep 7, 2018 • 19 min
When faced with life’s toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in…
Let’s launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp
Sep 6, 2018 • 8 min
When we talk about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide gets the most attention — but methane, which often escapes unseen from pipes and wells, has a far greater immediate impact on global warming. Environmentalist Fred Krupp has an idea to fix the problem:…
3 ways businesses can fight sex trafficking | Nikki Clifton
Sep 6, 2018 • 12 min
Sex buying doesn’t just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town — it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an opportunity, says attorney Nikki Clifton,…
What commercialization is doing to cannabis | Ben Cort
Sep 5, 2018 • 16 min
In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and added to what has fast become a multibillion-dollar global industry for all things weed-related: from vape pens to brownies and beyond. But to say that we’ve legalized marijuana is subtly misleading — what we’ve…
How data is helping us unravel the mysteries of the brain | Steve McCarroll
Sep 4, 2018 • 17 min
Geneticist Steve McCarroll wants to make an atlas of all the cells in the human body so that we can understand in precise detail how specific genes work, especially in the brain. In this fascinating talk, he shares his team’s progress — including their…
The new American Dream | Courtney E. Martin
Sep 3, 2018 • 15 min
For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don’t think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn’t be a cause for alarm, says journalist Courtney E. Martin. Rather, it’s an opportunity to define a new approach to work…
Let’s get honest about our money problems | Tammy Lally
Aug 31, 2018 • 12 min
Struggling to budget and manage finances is common — but talking honestly and openly about it isn’t. Why do we hide our problems around money? In this thoughtful, personal talk, author Tammy Lally encourages us to break free of “money shame” and shows us…
A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks
Aug 30, 2018 • 6 min
When a baby is born, so is a mother — but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra…
How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden
Aug 30, 2018 • 7 min
Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp — where she was born and lived until the age of seven — to share an inspiring message about what she’s…
How China is (and isn’t) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu
Aug 29, 2018 • 12 min
China is the world’s biggest polluter — and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth…
A rare galaxy that’s challenging our understanding of the universe | Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil
Aug 28, 2018 • 4 min
What’s it like to discover a galaxy — and have it named after you? Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil lets us know in this quick talk about her team’s surprising discovery of a mysterious new galaxy type.
How art can shape America’s conversation about freedom | Dread Scott
Aug 27, 2018 • 4 min
In this quick talk, visual artist Dread Scott tells the story of one of his most transgressive art installations, which drew national attention for its controversial use of the American flag and led to a landmark First Amendment case in the US Supreme…
Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch
Aug 24, 2018 • 10 min
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don’t need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we’ll teach, not…
Don’t fail fast — fail mindfully | Leticia Gasca
Aug 23, 2018 • 12 min
We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation — and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur…
How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall
Aug 22, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get…
To transform child welfare, take race out of the equation | Jessica Pryce
Aug 21, 2018 • 7 min
In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their…
Why the “wrong side of the tracks” is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry
Aug 21, 2018 • 6 min
What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains…
How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha
Aug 20, 2018 • 14 min
When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her…
How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood
Aug 17, 2018 • 14 min
Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International…
How cancer cells communicate — and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka
Aug 16, 2018 • 10 min
When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they’re able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the body. What if we could interrupt this process? In this accessible talk about cutting-edge science, Hasini…
What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation | DK Osseo-Asare
Aug 16, 2018 • 14 min
In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and putting…
Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me) | Mary Maker
Aug 15, 2018 • 16 min
After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives — and empowering a…
The little risks you can take to increase your luck | Tina Seelig
Aug 14, 2018 • 11 min
Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic — it’s much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpected…
How teachers can help kids find their political voices | Sydney Chaffee
Aug 14, 2018 • 16 min
Social justice belongs in our schools, says educator Sydney Chaffee. In a bold talk, she shows how teaching students to engage in activism helps them build important academic and life skills — and asks us to rethink how we can use education to help kids…
How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee
Aug 13, 2018 • 14 min
AI is massively transforming our world, but there’s one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution — and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in…
Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye
Aug 10, 2018 • 12 min
Underneath every shiny new megacity, there’s often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos,…
A doctor’s case for medical marijuana | David Casarett
Aug 9, 2018 • 15 min
Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream…
Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | Marily Oppezzo
Aug 8, 2018 • 5 min
When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this…
The gift and power of emotional courage | Susan David
Aug 6, 2018 • 16 min
Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture…
Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” | Justin Baldoni
Aug 3, 2018 • 18 min
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity — to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should…
The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak
Aug 2, 2018 • 21 min
“From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy,” says novelist Elif Shafak. “From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism.” A native of…
There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith
Jul 31, 2018 • 12 min
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you…
A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson
Jul 30, 2018 • 18 min
In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He…
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi
Jul 27, 2018 • 10 min
Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi…
You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King
Jul 26, 2018 • 14 min
Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year — and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry…
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi
Jul 25, 2018 • 16 min
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.…
How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace
Jul 24, 2018 • 5 min
Let’s face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted — is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill…
How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease | Pratik Shah
Jul 24, 2018 • 4 min
Today’s AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient’s disease. What if we could drastically reduce the amount of data needed to train an AI, making diagnoses low-cost and more effective? TED Fellow Pratik Shah…
Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms | Lucy Marcil
Jul 23, 2018 • 4 min
More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if those hours could be used for something productive — like saving money? Through her organization…
How to train employees to have difficult conversations | Tamekia MizLadi Smith
Jul 20, 2018 • 8 min
It’s time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, provocative talk, Smith shares a workplace training program called “I’m G.R.A.C.E.D.” that will inspire bosses…
Where are all the aliens? | Stephen Webb
Jul 19, 2018 • 13 min
The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets — so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has an explanation: we’re alone in the universe. In a mind-expanding talk, he spells out the remarkable barriers…
What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media | Mikhail Zygar
Jul 18, 2018 • 4 min
History is written by the victors, as the saying goes — but what would it look like if it was written by everyone? Journalist and TED Fellow Mikhail Zygar is on a mission to show us with Project1917, a “social network for dead people” that posts the real…
What your smart devices know (and share) about you | Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu
Jul 18, 2018 • 9 min
Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out — so they outfitted Hill’s apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they…
The power of diversity within yourself | Rebeca Hwang
Jul 17, 2018 • 9 min
Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities — Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States — and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came a…
The mission to create a searchable database of Earth’s surface | Will Marshall
Jul 16, 2018 • 6 min
What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world’s largest fleet of satellites to image the entire Earth every day. Now they’re moving on to a new project: using AI…
How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer
Jul 13, 2018 • 12 min
Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the…
“The Last Serenade” | Lili Haydn
Jul 13, 2018 • 4 min
In a stirring, emotional performance, violinist Lili Haydn plays a selection from her musical “The Last Serenade.”
An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White
Jul 12, 2018 • 18 min
Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up…
A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi
Jul 12, 2018 • 13 min
At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients’ vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews…
How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson
Jul 11, 2018 • 15 min
Biologist Dan Gibson edits and programs DNA, just like coders program a computer. But his “code” creates life, giving scientists the power to convert digital information into biological material like proteins and vaccines. Now he’s on to a new project:…
How we study the microbes living in your gut | Dan Knights
Jul 10, 2018 • 9 min
There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut — protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune system. As our bodies have adapted to life in modern society, we’ve started to lose some of our normal…
How farming could employ Africa’s young workforce — and help build peace | Kola Masha
Jul 10, 2018 • 10 min
Africa’s youth is coming of age rapidly, but job growth on the continent isn’t keeping up. The result: financial insecurity and, in some cases, a turn towards insurgent groups. In a passionate talk, agricultural entrepreneur Kola Masha details his plan to…
The rapid growth of the Chinese internet — and where it’s headed | Gary Liu
Jul 9, 2018 • 12 min
The Chinese internet has grown at a staggering pace — it now has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and Canada. Even with its imperfections, the lives of once-forgotten populations have been irrevocably…
A crash course in organic chemistry | Jakob Magolan
Jul 6, 2018 • 15 min
Jakob Magolan is here to change your perception of organic chemistry. In an accessible talk packed with striking graphics, he teaches us the basics while breaking the stereotype that organic chemistry is something to be afraid of.
A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox
Jul 5, 2018 • 14 min
Our planet has a carbon problem — if we don’t start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we’ll grow hotter, faster. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox previews some amazing technology to scrub carbon from the air, using chemical reactions that…
Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman
Jul 4, 2018 • 14 min
The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding…
How we’re saving one of Earth’s last wild places | Steve Boyes
Jul 3, 2018 • 9 min
Navigating territorial hippos and active minefields, TED Fellow Steve Boyes and a team of scientists have been traveling through the Okavango Delta, Africa’s largest remaining wetland wilderness, to explore and protect this near-pristine habitat against…
Why teens confess to crimes they didn’t commit | Lindsay Malloy
Jul 3, 2018 • 14 min
Why do juveniles falsely confess to crimes? What makes them more vulnerable than adults to this shocking, counterintuitive phenomenon? Through the lens of Brendan Dassey’s interrogation and confession (as featured in Netflix’s “Making a Murderer”…
The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet | Penny Chisholm
Jul 2, 2018 • 16 min
Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for millions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn’t discovered until the mid-1980s…
How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff
Jun 29, 2018 • 8 min
Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform how…
The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder
Jun 28, 2018 • 14 min
The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we…
The story of ‘Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech
Jun 27, 2018 • 13 min
In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet — a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian for…
Bridges should be beautiful | Ian Firth
Jun 27, 2018 • 14 min
Bridges need to be functional, safe and durable, but they should also be elegant and beautiful, says structural engineer Ian Firth. In this mesmerizing tour of bridges old and new, Firth explores the potential for innovation and variety in this essential…
The symbols of systemic racism — and how to take away their power | Paul Rucker
Jun 26, 2018 • 7 min
Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. A collector of artifacts connected to the history of slavery — from branding irons and shackles to postcards depicting lynchings —…
What if we eliminated one of the world’s oldest diseases? | Caroline Harper
Jun 26, 2018 • 10 min
Thousands of years ago, ancient Nubians drew pictures on tomb walls of a terrible disease that turns the eyelids inside out and causes blindness. This disease, trachoma, is still a scourge in many parts of the world today — but it’s also completely…
How we can design timeless cities for our collective future | Vishaan Chakrabarti
Jun 25, 2018 • 13 min
There’s a creeping sameness in many of our newest urban buildings and streetscapes, says architect Vishaan Chakrabarti. And this physical homogeneity — the result of regulations, mass production, safety issues and cost considerations, among other factors…
The nightmare videos of children’s YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today | James Bridle
Jun 22, 2018 • 16 min
Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From “surprise egg” reveals and the “Finger Family Song” to…
Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild
Jun 21, 2018 • 13 min
What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of “gross stuff” and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to…
How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it’s headed | Reed Hastings
Jun 21, 2018 • 20 min
Netflix changed the world of entertainment — first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Stranger Things” — but not without taking its fair share of risks. In…
How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 min
The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps,…
Technology that knows what you’re feeling | Poppy Crum
Jun 19, 2018 • 12 min
What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions — and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we’re feeling. In a talk and…
The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal
Jun 18, 2018 • 15 min
In this fascinating look at the “alpha male,” primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected…
Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty
Jun 15, 2018 • 5 min
Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we’re a small part of a complex, four-billion-year…
How I’m bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
Jun 14, 2018 • 5 min
In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. “In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of…
The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni
Jun 14, 2018 • 9 min
Robots are designed for speed and precision — but their rigidity has often limited how they’re used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in “soft robotics,” an emerging field that aims to create…
How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark
Jun 13, 2018 • 17 min
Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we’re restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT physicist and AI researcher Max…
What we’ll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques
Jun 12, 2018 • 13 min
In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease — like…
The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal
Jun 12, 2018 • 14 min
In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after…
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
Jun 11, 2018 • 11 min
Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how…
The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean’s twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik
Jun 8, 2018 • 10 min
What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean’s surface? Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wants to find out. In this wonder-filled talk, she shares her…
Inside the fight against Russia’s fake news empire | Olga Yurkova
Jun 7, 2018 • 5 min
When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we’ve…
Let’s turn the high seas into the world’s largest nature reserve | Enric Sala
Jun 6, 2018 • 13 min
What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single…
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
Jun 6, 2018 • 13 min
Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that also…
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig
Jun 5, 2018 • 9 min
If you think democracy is broken, here’s an idea: let’s replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials — a system with…
The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski
Jun 5, 2018 • 12 min
Public libraries have always been about more than just books — and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to…
Why theater is essential to democracy | Oskar Eustis
Jun 4, 2018 • 13 min
Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places…
How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource | Aaswath Raman
Jun 1, 2018 • 13 min
What if we could use the cold darkness of outer space to cool buildings on earth? In this mind-blowing talk, physicist Aaswath Raman details the technology he’s developing to harness “night-sky cooling” — a natural phenomenon where infrared light escapes…
How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr
May 31, 2018 • 10 min
Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes — and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating…
What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown
May 31, 2018 • 6 min
Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveals…
How we’ll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr
May 30, 2018 • 15 min
Humans will soon have new bodies that forever blur the line between the natural and synthetic worlds, says bionics designer Hugh Herr. In an unforgettable talk, he details “NeuroEmbodied Design,” a methodology for creating cyborg function that he’s…
A teen scientist’s invention to help wounds heal | Anushka Naiknaware
May 29, 2018 • 6 min
Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don’t heal…
This simple test can help kids hear better | Susan Emmett
May 29, 2018 • 5 min
Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor — much less to an audiologist’s clinic for expensive, complex tests to check their hearing. The result for too many kids is hearing loss caused by ear infections and other curable…
How to talk to veterans about war | Wes Moore
May 28, 2018 • 14 min
Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain — who went on to write ”The Other Wes Moore” — explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He…
Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang
May 25, 2018 • 10 min
Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher’s toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education — and reveals some…
How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes
May 24, 2018 • 12 min
Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide — but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In…
How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson
May 24, 2018 • 13 min
Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies “teaming,” where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped…
How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine
May 23, 2018 • 15 min
With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality — and peace with death. Life is an enormous…
The shocking danger of mountaintop removal — and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
May 22, 2018 • 13 min
Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the…
What it’s like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives…
Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee
May 21, 2018 • 13 min
Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find — and create — more of it…
Why fascism is so tempting — and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
May 18, 2018 • 18 min
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism — and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram…
How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad
May 17, 2018 • 5 min
TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She tells the story of how she set up Pakistan’s first cyber harassment helpline, offering support to women…
The age-old sharing economies of Africa — and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth
May 17, 2018 • 9 min
From rides to homes and beyond, we’re sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing economy seems, it’s been alive in Africa for centuries, according to author Robert Neuwirth. He shares…
Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan
May 16, 2018 • 13 min
“You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science,” says Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that researchers must be free to present…
The problem with all-stars | WorkLife with Adam Grant
May 15, 2018 • 33 min
The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins the team to talk about why stars are overrated and role players are underrated — and how humility can go…
The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam
May 15, 2018 • 7 min
Local humanitarians are beacons of light in the darkness of war, says humanitarian aid entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rola Hallam. She’s working to help responders on the ground in devastated communities like Syria, where the destruction of health care is…
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s…
The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski
May 11, 2018 • 15 min
Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there’s a disconnect between physical response and the experience of pleasure and desire. Talking about…
What it’s like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs
May 10, 2018 • 13 min
LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual — and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. “Authenticity doesn’t mean ‘comfortable.’ It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life,”…