TED Talks Daily (HD video)

TED Talks Daily (HD video)

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


What the world can learn from China’s response to the coronavirus | Gary Liu
Mar 27 • 58 min
From Hong Kong, South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu tracks China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from the initial outbreak in Wuhan to the shutdown of Hubei province and the containment measures taken across its major cities. Sharing insights…
The quest for the coronavirus vaccine | Seth Berkley
Mar 27 • 62 min
When will the coronavirus vaccine be ready? Epidemiologist Seth Berkley (head of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance) takes us inside the effort to create a vaccine for COVID-19. With clarity and urgency, he explains what makes it so challenging to develop, when…
Indigenous wisdom should be at the heart of climate activism | Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Mar 27 • 13 min
To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to…
2 questions to uncover your passion — and turn it into a career | Noeline Kirabo
Mar 26 • 11 min
What’s your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses — and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.
How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic | Bill Gates
Mar 25 • 51 min
Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This…
Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis | Johanna Figueira
Mar 25 • 9 min
The world is more connected than ever, but some communities are still cut off from vital resources like electricity and health care. In this solution-oriented talk, tech activist Johanna Figueira discusses her work with Code for Venezuela — a platform…
How to be your best self in times of crisis | Susan David
Mar 24 • 46 min
“Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fragility,” says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners’ questions…
A camera that can see around corners | David Lindell
Mar 24 • 7 min
To work safely, self-driving cars must avoid obstacles — including those just out of sight. And for this to happen, we need technology that sees better than humans can, says electrical engineer David Lindell. Buckle up for a quick, groundbreaking tech…
The weird history of the “sex chromosomes” | Molly Webster
Mar 23 • 13 min
The common thinking on biological sex goes like this: females have two X chromosomes in their cells, while males have one X and one Y. In this myth-busting talk, science writer and podcaster Molly Webster shows why the so-called “sex chromosomes” are more…
Go ahead, dream about the future | Charlie Jane Anders
Mar 20 • 11 min
“You don’t predict the future — you imagine the future,” says sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders. In a talk that’s part dream, part research-based extrapolation, she takes us on a wild, speculative tour of the delights and challenges the future may hold —…
How repaying loans with social service transforms communities | Angie Murimirwa
Mar 19 • 11 min
What if you could repay loans through volunteering and mentorship instead of money? Activist Angie Murimirwa shares how a game-changing economic tool known as “social interest” is reinvigorating sub-Saharan communities once trapped in cycles of poverty.…
Without farmers, you’d be hungry, naked and sober | Eric Sannerud
Mar 18 • 9 min
Farmers keep us fed and our economies stable, but in the US they’re retiring faster than they’re being replaced. Take a crash course in agricultural policy with Eric Sannerud to see why this problem can’t be solved by simply buying from your local…
A fascinating time capsule of human feelings toward AI | Lucy Farey-Jones
Mar 17 • 6 min
How comfortable are you with robots taking over your life? Covering a wide range of potential applications — from the mundane (robot house cleaner) to the mischievous (robot sex partner) to the downright macabre (uploading your brain to live on after…
Why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh
Mar 16 • 16 min
Where did the new coronavirus originate, how did it spread so fast — and what’s next? Sharing insights from the outbreak, global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh traces the spread of COVID-19, discusses why travel restrictions aren’t effective…
How can we control the coronavirus pandemic? | Adam Kucharski
Mar 16 • 3 min
As the threat of COVID-19 continues, infectious disease expert Adam Kucharski answers five key questions about the novel coronavirus, providing necessary perspective on its transmission, how governments have responded and what might need to change about…
A campaign for period positivity | Ananya Grover
Mar 16 • 9 min
Having your period is exhausting — and for many people across the world, menstruation is even more challenging because of stigmas and difficulty getting basic hygiene supplies, says social activist Ananya Grover. In this uplifting, actionable talk, she…
How we could change the planet’s climate future | David Wallace-Wells
Mar 13 • 11 min
The climate crisis is too vast and complicated to solve with a silver bullet, says author David Wallace-Wells. What we need is a shift in how we live. Follow along as he lays out some of the dramatic actions we could take to build a livable, prosperous…
The beautiful, mysterious science of how you hear | Jim Hudspeth
Mar 13 • 15 min
Have you ever wondered how your ears work? In this delightful and fascinating talk, biophysicist Jim Hudspeth demonstrates the wonderfully simple yet astonishingly powerful mechanics of hair cells, the microscopic powerhouses that make hearing possible —…
Why it’s so hard to talk about the N-word | Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Mar 12 • 19 min
Historian Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor leads a thoughtful and history-backed examination of one of the most divisive words in the English language: the N-word. Drawing from personal experience, she explains how reflecting on our points of encounter with the…
The dangers of a noisy ocean — and how we can quiet it down | Nicola Jones
Mar 11 • 13 min
The ocean is a naturally noisy place full of singing whales, grunting fish, snapping shrimp, cracking ice, wind and rain. But human-made sounds — from ship engines to oil drilling — have become an acute threat to marine life, says science journalist…
How menopause affects the brain | Lisa Mosconi
Mar 10 • 13 min
Many of the symptoms of menopause — hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, memory lapses, depression and anxiety — start in the brain. How exactly does menopause impact cognitive health? Sharing groundbreaking findings from her research, neuroscientist Lisa…
What happens when a Silicon Valley technologist works for the government | Matt Cutts
Mar 9 • 6 min
What if the government ran more like Silicon Valley? Engineer Matt Cutts shares why he decided to leave Google (where he worked for nearly 17 years) for a career in the US government — and makes the case that if you really want to make an impact, go where…
The gender-fluid history of the Philippines | France Villarta
Mar 9 • 10 min
In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that’s not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that’s part cultural love letter, part history…
How women are revolutionizing Rwanda | Agnes Binagwaho
Mar 6 • 12 min
In 1996, Agnes Binagwaho returned home to Rwanda in the aftermath of its genocide. She considered leaving amid the overwhelming devastation, but women in her community motivated her to stay and help rebuild — and she’s glad she did. In an inspiring talk,…
What investigating neural pathways can reveal about mental health | Kay M. Tye
Mar 5 • 12 min
Neuroscientist Kay M. Tye investigates how your brain gives rise to complex emotional states like depression, anxiety or loneliness. From the cutting edge of science, she shares her latest findings — including the development of a tool that uses light to…
How a miniaturized atomic clock could revolutionize space exploration | Jill Seubert
Mar 5 • 11 min
Ask any deep space navigator like Jill Seubert what makes steering a spacecraft difficult, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the timing; a split-second can decide a mission’s success or failure. So what do you do when a spacecraft is bad at telling…
Art that reveals how technology frames reality | Jiabao Li
Mar 4 • 8 min
In a talk that could change how you see things, designer and artist Jiabao Li introduces her conceptual projects that expose the inherent bias of digital media. From a helmet that makes you “allergic” to the color red to a browser plug-in that filters the…
What we do (and don’t) know about the coronavirus | David Heymann
Mar 3 • 8 min
What happens if you get infected with the coronavirus? Who’s most at risk? How can you protect yourself? Public health expert David Heymann, who led the global response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, shares the latest findings about COVID-19 and what the…
When local news dies, so does democracy | Chuck Plunkett
Mar 3 • 11 min
Nearly 1,800 newsrooms have shuttered across the US since 2004, leaving many communities unseen, unheard and in the dark. In this passionate talk and rallying cry, journalist Chuck Plunkett explains why he rebelled against his employer to raise awareness…
How to turn climate anxiety into action | Renée Lertzman
Mar 2 • 13 min
It’s normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on…
What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin
Feb 28 • 12 min
“Full access to a person’s phone is the next best thing to full access to a person’s mind,” says cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin. In an urgent talk, she describes the emerging danger of stalkerware — software designed to spy on someone by gaining access…
How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet
Feb 27 • 11 min
Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending…
3 ways to uproot a culture of corruption | Wanjira Mathai
Feb 26 • 10 min
Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai — and to stop it there (or anywhere else), we need to intervene early. Following the legacy of her mother, political activist and Nobel Prize recipient Wangari Maathai,…
How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill
Feb 26 • 13 min
“Complete silence is very addictive,” says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to…
How to design gender bias out of your workplace | Sara Sanford
Feb 25 • 13 min
Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity — by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people…
Management lessons from Chinese business and philosophy | Fang Ruan
Feb 25 • 10 min
Business management in China is changing, says consultant Fang Ruan. Learn how Chinese entrepreneurs — long guided by Confucianism’s emphasis on authority and regulation — are now looking to Taoist philosophy for a new, dynamic leadership style that…
What if a single human right could change the world? | Kristen Wenz
Feb 24 • 8 min
More than a billion people worldwide, mostly children, do not have a legal identity. In many countries, this means they can’t get access to vital services like health care and education, says legal identity expert Kristen Wenz. She discusses why this…
How volumetric video brings a new dimension to filmmaking | Diego Prilusky
Feb 21 • 11 min
In this talk and tech demo, filmmaker Diego Prilusky introduces the next chapter in moviemaking: volumetric video, a 360-degree experience powered by hundreds of cameras that capture light and motion from every angle. Check out how this technology creates…
Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott
Feb 20 • 14 min
The world’s most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. So why aren’t you getting paid for it? In this eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership — which would…
This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira
Feb 19 • 12 min
Air pollution knows no borders — even in your own body, says public health expert María Neira. In this startling talk, she describes how the microscopic particles and chemicals you breathe affect all your major organs (including your brain) and calls on…
The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting | Joel Leon
Feb 19 • 9 min
“Co-parenting” isn’t a buzzword — it’s a way of showing up for your family openly, consistently and lovingly, says storyteller and father Joel Leon. In this moving talk, he challenges all parents to play an equal, active role in their children’s daily…
A brief tour of the last 4 billion years (dinosaurs not included) | Lauren Sallan
Feb 18 • 8 min
In this hilarious, whirlwind tour of the last four billion years of evolution, paleontologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan introduces us to some of the wildly diverse animals that roamed the prehistoric planet (from sharks with wings to galloping…
For the love of fangirls | Yve Blake
Feb 18 • 12 min
When you think of fangirls, what comes to mind: large swaths of fandom (usually for a boyband) whose feelings culminate in tears and joyful screams? Perhaps you grimace or roll your eyes at the thought. In this fun, lively talk, playwright Yve Blake asks…
How surfboards connect us to nature | Yves Béhar
Feb 17 • 3 min
Here’s how the surfboard changed our relationship to water, according to fuseproject founder Yves Béhar.
The power of the Afro pick | Jon Gray
Feb 17 • 3 min
The Afro pick is much more than a styling tool. It’s a major player in Black history, explains artist Jon Gray.
Why books are here to stay | Chip Kidd
Feb 17 • 3 min
Despite the rise of e-books, physical books aren’t going anywhere. Graphic designer Chip Kidd shares why their design is so lasting.
Why 1.5 billion people eat with chopsticks | Jennifer 8. Lee
Feb 17 • 3 min
Author Jennifer 8. Lee explains how the chopstick spread from the East to the West — and was designed to give you the perfect bite.
The function and fashion of eyeglasses | Debbie Millman
Feb 17 • 3 min
Glasses were originally created to overcome physical obstacles, but design evangelist Debbie Millman shares how they turned into a fashion statement.
How the compass unlocked the world | David Biello
Feb 17 • 3 min
“Everything that we think of as world history would not have taken place without the compass.” TED science curator David Biello explains how the device changed our relationship to the world.
The evolution of the coffee cup lid | A.J. Jacobs
Feb 17 • 3 min
Author A.J. Jacobs shows how the coffee cup lid was perfectly designed to give you a full sensory experience while drinking.
Why pasta comes in all shapes and sizes | Paola Antonelli
Feb 17 • 3 min
Think twice when picking what pasta you want for dinner. The shape of your noodle makes a difference, explains Paola Antonelli, senior curator at The Museum of Modern Art.
How symbols and brands shape our humanity | Debbie Millman
Feb 14 • 14 min
“Branding is the profound manifestation of the human spirit,” says designer and podcaster Debbie Millman. In a historical odyssey that she illustrated herself, Millman traces the evolution of branding, from cave paintings to flags to beer labels and…
Online predators spread fake porn of me. Here’s how I fought back | Noelle Martin
Feb 13 • 11 min
A casual reverse-image search unleashed a nightmarish reality on Noelle Martin when she discovered her face edited into pornographic materials across the internet. Join Martin as she recounts years battling shadowy online figures to reclaim her identity,…
What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology | Victoria Gill
Feb 12 • 13 min
To save the achoque — an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico — scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science…
How teachers can help students navigate trauma | Lisa Godwin
Feb 11 • 15 min
“To make a difference in the life of a child … I made the commitment to tell my personal story,” says educator Lisa Godwin. In this moving talk, she shares her experience of overcoming childhood trauma with the quiet, unwavering support of a teacher and…
How online marketplaces can help local economies, not hurt them | Amane Dannouni
Feb 11 • 12 min
The growth of online marketplaces like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon can sometimes threaten local businesses such as taxis, hotels and retail shops by taking away jobs or reducing income to the community. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says strategy…
Imaginative sculptures that explore how we perceive reality | Alicia Eggert
Feb 10 • 10 min
TED Fellow Alicia Eggert takes us on a visual tour of her work — from a giant sculpture on an uninhabited island in Maine to an installation that inflates only when people hold hands to complete an electric current. Her work explores the power of art to…
5 ways to create stronger connections | Robert Reffkin
Feb 10 • 2 min
In a tech-obsessed culture, it can be difficult to build genuine relationships with people, especially in the workplace. Robert Reffkin shares his tips and tricks for establishing authentic connections on the job.
How to know if it’s time to change careers | Chieh Huang
Feb 10 • 4 min
Quitting your job can be scary, but sometimes it’s the best thing you can do for your career, says entrepreneur Chieh Huang. He shares how to know when it’s time to move on — and what can you do to prepare.
3 things new parents should consider before going back to work | Emily Oster
Feb 10 • 5 min
Should you go back to work after having kids? It’s an emotional decision, but weighing three factors can make it easier, says author and economist Emily Oster.
6 ways to improve your relationship with money | Thasunda Duckett
Feb 10 • 4 min
Taking control of our personal finances can feel overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be. Thasunda Duckett shares how to minimize shame around money and start having honest conversations about how to save.
The secret to giving great feedback | LeeAnn Renninger
Feb 10 • 4 min
Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we’re still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renninger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.
How to embrace emotions at work | Liz Fosslien
Feb 10 • 4 min
“You can’t just flip a switch when you step into the office and turn your emotions off. Feeling feelings is part of being human,” says author and illustrator Liz Fosslien. She shares why selective vulnerability is the key to bringing your authentic self…
How burnout makes us less creative | Rahaf Harfoush
Feb 10 • 4 min
Our obsession with productivity — to-do lists, life hacks, morning routines — is making us less productive, says digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush. She explains why we need to redesign our workday around creativity — not just efficiency.
How to make faster decisions | Patrick McGinnis
Feb 10 • 4 min
In a world of endless reviews and options, it’s easy to become paralyzed by indecision. Investor and writer Patrick McGinnis shares the dangers of “FOBO” — the fear of better options — and how to overcome it.
How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King
Feb 7 • 13 min
Imagine waking in the middle of the night to an elephant ripping the roof from your house in search of food. This is a reality in some communities in Africa where, as wild spaces shrink, people and elephants are competing for space and resources like…
What if the poor were part of city planning? | Smruti Jukur Johari
Feb 6 • 13 min
Almost a billion people worldwide live in informal communities and slums, often without basic infrastructure like clean water, toilets or adequate roads. Urban planner Smruti Jukur Johari breaks down myths about these communities and shares examples of…
The science of friction — and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail
Feb 5 • 11 min
Tribology: it’s a funny-sounding word you might not have heard before, but it could change how you see and interact with the physical world, says mechanical engineer Jennifer Vail. Offering lessons from tribology — the study of friction and wear — Vail…
The health benefits of clowning around | Matthew A. Wilson
Feb 4 • 7 min
As a medical clown, TED Resident Matthew A. Wilson takes the old adage that laughter is the best medicine very seriously. In this heartwarming talk, he shares glimpses of how clowning around can help patients (and medical staff) navigate stressful…
Tiny robots with giant potential | Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin
Feb 4 • 13 min
Take a trip down the microworld as roboticists Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin explain how they design and mass-produce microrobots the size of a single cell, powered by atomically thin legs — and show how these machines could one day be “piloted” to battle…
The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history | David Ikard
Feb 3 • 18 min
Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities…
Dictators hate political cartoons — so I keep drawing them | Rayma Suprani
Jan 31 • 16 min
“A political cartoon is a barometer of freedom,” says Rayma Suprani, who was exiled from her native Venezuela for publishing work critical of the government. “That’s why dictators hate cartoonists.” In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career…
Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here’s how we can end them | Ellen Agler
Jan 30 • 4 min
Parasitic worms date back thousands of years, causing diseases that limit human potential. But today, effective treatment against them requires just a few pills, taken once or twice a year. With 1.7 billion people at risk of infection, Ellen Agler and her…
How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton
Jan 29 • 14 min
Here’s a paradox: as companies try to streamline their businesses by using artificial intelligence to make critical decisions, they may inadvertently make themselves less efficient. Business technologist Sylvain Duranton advocates for a “Human plus AI”…
How virtual reality turns students into scientists | Jessica Ochoa Hendrix
Jan 28 • 6 min
Using low-cost virtual reality, education activist Jessica Ochoa Hendrix helps bring science to life in schools across the US. In this quick talk, she explains how a VR experience she developed invites students to explore underwater ecosystems as if…
A new type of medicine, custom-made with tiny proteins | Christopher Bahl
Jan 28 • 4 min
Some common life-saving medicines, such as insulin, are made of proteins so large and fragile that they need to be injected instead of ingested as pills. But a new generation of medicine — made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides — is on…
How the magic of kindness helped me survive the Holocaust | Werner Reich
Jan 27 • 11 min
Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps — and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. “If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know…
What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White
Jan 24 • 13 min
When the ocean changes, the planet changes — and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean health —…
The unpaid work that GDP ignores — and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring
Jan 23 • 17 min
If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household or do similar labor, then by GDP standards, you’re unproductive. In this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this narrow-minded system,…
Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan
Jan 23 • 8 min
When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional with…
A personal health coach for those living with chronic diseases | Priscilla Pemu
Jan 22 • 7 min
There’s no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors — but far too often, these resources aren’t accessible in underserved communities, says physician Priscilla Pemu. Enter “culturally congruent coaching,” a program Pemu and her…
Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda
Jan 21 • 9 min
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In…
How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world | Adam Garske
Jan 21 • 13 min
“If DNA is the blueprint of life, enzymes are the laborers that carry out its instructions,” says chemical biologist Adam Garske. In this fun talk and demo, he shows how scientists can now edit and design enzymes for specific functions — to help treat…
Why can’t we talk about periods? | Jen Gunter
Jan 17 • 11 min
“It shouldn’t be an act of feminism to know how your body works,” says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses — and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the…
A path to security for the world’s deadliest countries | Rachel Kleinfeld
Jan 16 • 15 min
You are more likely to die violently if you live in a middle-income democracy with high levels of inequality and political polarization than if you live in a country at war, says democracy advisor Rachel Kleinfeld. This historical shift in the nature of…
Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel
Jan 16 • 12 min
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled — but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines but…
How supply chain transparency can help the planet | Markus Mutz
Jan 15 • 13 min
Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth — yet it’s nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they’re sourced from. That’s about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how he…
How guest worker visas could transform the US immigration system | David J. Bier
Jan 14 • 10 min
The United States can create a more humane immigration system; in fact, it’s been done before, says policy analyst David J. Bier. Pointing to the historical success of the US guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to legally enter and work in…
The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash
Jan 14 • 8 min
In this deeply charming and humorous talk, DJ and self-professed pirate Tom Nash meditates on how facing adversity due to disability invited patience, ambition and pragmatism into his life in enlightening, unexpected ways. “We all have unique weaknesses,”…
Why “biofabrication” is the next industrial revolution | Suzanne Lee
Jan 13 • 12 min
What if we could “grow” clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace major…
A swarm of mini drones makes … magic! | Marco Tempest
Jan 10 • 3 min
Leading a swarm of small, buzzing flying machines, techno-magician Marco Tempest orchestrates a “cyber illusion” that will have you asking yourself: Was that science or magic?
Climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle
Jan 10 • 12 min
Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 — a crisis of “climate migration” the world isn’t ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical talk,…
What a digital government looks like | Anna Piperal
Jan 9 • 13 min
What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation’s ambitious post-Soviet digital…
The secret weapon that let dinosaurs take over the planet | Emma Schachner
Jan 8 • 10 min
We’ve all heard the theories on why the dinosaurs died — but how did they come to dominate the earth for so long in the first place? (Hint: it has nothing to do with their size, speed, spikes or fantastic feathers.) Travel back in time to 200 million…
The urgent case for antibiotic-free animals | Leon Marchal
Jan 7 • 10 min
The UN predicts that antimicrobial resistance will be our biggest killer by 2050. “That should really scare the hell out of all of us,” says bioprocess engineer Leon Marchal. He’s working on an urgently needed solution: transforming the massive, global…
The search for dark matter — and what we’ve found so far | Risa Wechsler
Jan 6 • 15 min
Roughly 85 percent of mass in the universe is “dark matter” — mysterious material that can’t be directly observed but has an immense influence on the cosmos. What exactly is this strange stuff, and what does it have to do with our existence?…
The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller
Jan 3 • 17 min
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murder and suicide combined. Follow health policy expert Mitch Zeller into the…
The “opportunity gap” in US public education — and how to close it | Anindya Kundu
Jan 3 • 7 min
How can we tap into the potential of all students, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds? Sociologist Anindya Kundu invites us to take a deeper look at the personal, social and institutional challenges that keep students from thriving…
To challenge the status quo, find a “co-conspirator” | Ipsita Dasgupta
Jan 2 • 11 min
In a complex and changing world, how can we make sure unconventional people and their ideas thrive? Business executive Ipsita Dasgupta introduces the concept of “co-conspirators” — people willing to bend or break the rules to challenge the status quo —…
Dangerous times call for dangerous women | Pat Mitchell
Jan 2 • 17 min
Pat Mitchell has nothing left to prove and much less to lose — she’s become a “dangerous woman.” Not dangerous as in feared, she says, but fearless: a force to be reckoned with. In this powerful call to action, Mitchell invites all women, men and allies…
The beautiful balance between courage and fear | Cara E. Yar Khan
Dec 23, 2019 • 9 min
After being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that deteriorates muscle, Cara E. Yar Khan was told she’d have to limit her career ambitions and dial down her dreams. She ignored that advice and instead continued to pursue her biggest ambitions. In…
Why winning doesn’t always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field
Dec 20, 2019 • 15 min
Valorie Kondos Field knows a lot about winning. As the longtime coach of the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, she won championship after championship and has been widely acclaimed for her leadership. In this inspiring, brutally honest and, at times,…
How to turn off work thoughts during your free time | Guy Winch
Dec 19, 2019 • 12 min
Feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow’s tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly relax…
How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom
Dec 19, 2019 • 21 min
Humanity is on its way to creating a “black ball”: a technological breakthrough that could destroy us all, says philosopher Nick Bostrom. In this incisive, surprisingly light-hearted conversation with Head of TED Chris Anderson, Bostrom outlines the…
What we’re getting wrong in the fight to end hunger | Jasmine Crowe
Dec 18, 2019 • 12 min
In a world that’s wasting more food than ever before, why do one in nine people still go to bed hungry each night? Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe calls for a radical transformation to our fight to end global hunger — challenging us to rethink our…
How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral
Dec 17, 2019 • 15 min
Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly — citing one of the largest studies on misinformation — and identifies five strategies to help us…
Your body was forged in the spectacular death of stars | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Dec 17, 2019 • 15 min
We are all connected by the spectacular birth, death and rebirth of stars, says astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Journey through the cosmic history of the universe as Ramirez-Ruiz explains how supernovas forged the elements of life to create everything…
How the gut microbes you’re born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa
Dec 16, 2019 • 10 min
Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant impact your health into adulthood — and…
Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 min
Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected — leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers…
To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons
Dec 12, 2019 • 9 min
To address the problem of counterfeit goods, African entrepreneurs like Bright Simons have come up with innovative and effective ways to confirm products are genuine. Now he asks: Why aren’t these solutions everywhere? From password-protected medicines to…
A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis
Dec 12, 2019 • 14 min
What’s the difference between heroes and leaders? In this insightful talk, Lorna Davis explains how our idolization of heroes is holding us back from solving big problems — and shows why we need “radical interdependence” to make real change happen.
What is economic value, and who creates it? | Mariana Mazzucato
Dec 11, 2019 • 18 min
Where does wealth come from, who creates it and what destroys it? In this deep dive into global economics, Mariana Mazzucato explains how we lost sight of what value means and why we need to rethink our current financial systems — so capitalism can be…
The paradox of efficiency | Edward Tenner
Dec 10, 2019 • 13 min
Is our obsession with efficiency actually making us less efficient? In this revelatory talk, writer and historian Edward Tenner discusses the promises and dangers of our drive to get things done as quickly as possible — and suggests seven ways we can use…
Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda
Dec 10, 2019 • 14 min
At age 81, actor and activist Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line for the planet — literally. In a video interview with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Fonda speaks about getting arrested multiple times during Fire Drill Fridays, the weekly climate…
The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill
Dec 9, 2019 • 9 min
Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the paradoxes of living in a fast-paced society and explains why we need to reconsider the importance of slowing down…
The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler
Dec 6, 2019 • 8 min
Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent — and offers a four-step…
A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert
Dec 5, 2019 • 12 min
Step into artist Cornelia Geppert’s visually stunning video game “Sea of Solitude,” which explores how battling the “monsters” of loneliness and self-doubt can help us better grapple with the complexity and struggles of mental health.
The problem of light pollution — and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson
Dec 4, 2019 • 13 min
Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing — unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species on…
3 ways to be a more effective fundraiser | Kara Logan Berlin
Dec 3, 2019 • 16 min
How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, or help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shows how you can learn to ask for…
How I’m using biological data to tell better stories — and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert
Dec 2, 2019 • 7 min
What kinds of stories move us to act? To answer this question, creative technologist Heidi Boisvert is measuring how people’s brains and bodies unconsciously respond to different media. She shows how she’s using this data to determine the specific…
How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán
Dec 2, 2019 • 7 min
Alejandro Durán uses art to spotlight the ongoing destruction of our oceans’ ecosystems. In this breathtaking talk, he shows how he meticulously organizes and reuses plastic waste from around the world that washes up on the Caribbean coast of Mexico —…
The incredible chemistry powering your smartphone | Cathy Mulzer
Nov 27, 2019 • 13 min
Ever wondered how your smartphone works? Take a journey down to the atomic level with scientist Cathy Mulzer, who reveals how almost every component of our high-powered devices exists thanks to chemists — and not the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that come…
How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes
Nov 26, 2019 • 13 min
Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a “fraud”? That’s called “impostor syndrome,” and you’re definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk, he…
7 beliefs that can silence women — and how to unlearn them | Deepa Narayan
Nov 25, 2019 • 12 min
In India (and many other countries), girls and women still find themselves silenced by traditional rules of politeness and restraint, says social scientist Deepa Narayan. In this frank talk, she identifies seven deeply entrenched norms that reinforce…
Why I draw with robots | Sougwen Chung
Nov 25, 2019 • 8 min
What happens when humans and robots make art together? In this awe-inspiring talk, artist Sougwen Chung shows how she “taught” her artistic style to a machine — and shares the results of their collaboration after making an unexpected discovery: robots…
The search for our solar system’s ninth planet | Mike Brown
Nov 22, 2019 • 13 min
Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system — and shows us how traces of…
How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell
Nov 21, 2019 • 6 min
As many as 3,000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language activist Daniel Bögre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and…
A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier
Nov 20, 2019 • 11 min
Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, documenting the lives of those affected by the city’s water crisis for her photo essay “Flint is Family.” As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a…
3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher
Nov 19, 2019 • 13 min
There are more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence today, each one capable of causing immense destruction. Why don’t we talk about this threat as much as some other major issues? In this practical talk, nuclear security expert Emma Belcher shares…
Why it’s so hard to make healthy decisions | David Asch
Nov 19, 2019 • 16 min
Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David Asch explains why our behavior is often irrational — in highly predictable ways — and shows how we can…
5 steps for clean air in India | Arunabha Ghosh
Nov 18, 2019 • 9 min
India’s big cities have some of the worst air quality in the world. How can we fix this public health crisis? In an actionable talk, social entrepreneur Arunabha Ghosh lays out a five-step plan to put India on the path to cleaner, safer air — and shows…
How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely
Nov 18, 2019 • 15 min
What’s the best way to get people to change their behavior? In this funny, information-packed talk, psychologist Dan Ariely explores why we make bad decisions even when we know we shouldn’t — and discusses a couple tricks that could get us to do the right…
Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios
Nov 15, 2019 • 10 min
Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn’t just perpetuate outdated stereotypes — it’s also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why…
What’s really happening at the US-Mexico border — and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro
Nov 14, 2019 • 14 min
At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily work…
How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen
Nov 13, 2019 • 11 min
Teachers emotionally support our kids — but who’s supporting our teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of “secondary trauma” — the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students’…
What it’s like to live on the International Space Station | Cady Coleman
Nov 13, 2019 • 6 min
In this quick, fun talk, astronaut Cady Coleman welcomes us aboard the International Space Station, where she spent nearly six months doing experiments that expanded the frontiers of science. Hear what it’s like to fly to work, sleep without gravity and…
In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptographers? | Craig Costello
Nov 12, 2019 • 16 min
In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today’s machines — and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See…
Small rockets are the next space revolution | Peter Beck
Nov 12, 2019 • 11 min
We’re in the dawn of a new space revolution, says engineer Peter Beck: the revolution of the small. In a talk packed with insights into the state of the space industry, Beck shares his work building rockets capable of delivering small payloads to space…
How India’s local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey
Nov 11, 2019 • 9 min
India has one of the world’s highest rates of plastic recycling, thanks largely to an extensive network of informal recyclers known as “kabadiwalas.” Entrepreneur Mani Vajipey discusses his work to organize their massive efforts into a collection system…
Hope and justice for women who’ve survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani
Nov 11, 2019 • 15 min
Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS — and her work seeking justice for the survivors. “These victims have been through unimaginable…
A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin
Nov 8, 2019 • 10 min
In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical “At Buffalo.” Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world’s fair held in Buffalo, New…
Urban architecture inspired by mountains, clouds and volcanoes | Ma Yansong
Nov 7, 2019 • 12 min
Taking inspiration from nature, architect Ma Yansong designs breathtaking buildings that break free from the boxy symmetry of so many modern cities. His exuberant and graceful work — from a pair of curvy skyscrapers that “dance” with each other to an…
What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good? | Eli Pariser
Nov 7, 2019 • 17 min
Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser shows how the problems we’re encountering on digital platforms aren’t all that new — and shares how, by…
Our immigration conversation is broken — here’s how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer
Nov 6, 2019 • 16 min
How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an “insider vs. outsider” framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration — and suggests a set of…
What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner
Nov 5, 2019 • 12 min
Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening…
The Amazon belongs to humanity — let’s protect it together | Tashka and Laura Yawanawá
Nov 5, 2019 • 5 min
Tashka and Laura Yawanawa╠ü lead the Yawanawá people in Acre, Brazil — a tribe that stewards almost 500,000 acres of Amazon rainforest. As footage of the Amazon burning shocks the world’s consciousness, Tashka and Laura call for us to transform this moment…
What open water swimming taught me about resilience | Bhakti Sharma
Nov 4, 2019 • 10 min
Dive into the deep with open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, as she shares what she learned about resilience during her personal journey from the scorching heat of Rajasthan, India to the bone-chilling waters of her record-breaking swim in Antarctica and her…
The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert
Nov 4, 2019 • 15 min
As a “corporate suit” (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald’s, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find solutions that are good for both business and society. In this actionable talk, he shares stories from…
The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn
Nov 1, 2019 • 14 min
The cells in your body are like computer software: they’re “programmed” to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says computational biologist…
How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from…
What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker
Oct 31, 2019 • 15 min
Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of…
What productive conflict can offer a workplace | Jess Kutch
Oct 30, 2019 • 6 min
Got an idea to make your workplace better? Labor organizer and TED Fellow Jess Kutch can show you how to put it into action. In this quick talk, she explains how “productive conflict” — when people organize to challenge and change their work lives for the…
Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers
Oct 30, 2019 • 16 min
Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their…
The price of a “clean” internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Oct 29, 2019 • 15 min
Millions of images and videos are uploaded to the internet each day, yet we rarely see shocking and disturbing content in our social media feeds. Who’s keeping the internet “clean” for us? In this eye-opening talk, documentarians Hans Block and Moritz…
The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji
Oct 29, 2019 • 5 min
Many diseases are driven by metabolites — small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol — but we don’t know exactly what they are or how they work. Biotech entrepreneur and TED Fellow Leila Pirhaji shares her plan to build an AI-based…
How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso
Oct 28, 2019 • 13 min
Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the region’s population continues to increase, so will the need to build a new energy system to grow with it, says…
How we experience awe — and why it matters | Beau Lotto and Cirque du Soleil
Oct 25, 2019 • 14 min
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings — and stands back as Cirque du Soleil…
How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust | Claire Wardle
Oct 24, 2019 • 12 min
How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? Misinformation expert Claire Wardle explores the new challenges of our polluted online environment and maps out a…
The link between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu
Oct 24, 2019 • 5 min
Mangrove forests are crucial to the health of the planet, gobbling up CO2 from the atmosphere and providing a home for a diverse array of species. But these rich habitats are under continual threat from deforestation and industry. In an empowering talk,…
The pride and power of representation in film | Jon M. Chu
Oct 23, 2019 • 14 min
On the heels of the breakout success of his film “Crazy Rich Asians,” director Jon M. Chu reflects on what drives him to create — and makes a resounding case for the power of connection and on-screen representation.
How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka
Oct 23, 2019 • 14 min
How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people’s competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in…
The danger of AI is weirder than you think | Janelle Shane
Oct 22, 2019 • 10 min
The danger of artificial intelligence isn’t that it’s going to rebel against us, but that it’s going to do exactly what we ask it to do, says AI researcher Janelle Shane. Sharing the weird, sometimes alarming antics of AI algorithms as they try to solve…
Fashion that celebrates all body types — boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran
Oct 22, 2019 • 8 min
Fashion designers have the power to change culture — and Becca McCharen-Tran is using her platform to expand the industry’s narrow definition of beauty. Sharing highlights of her work, McCharen-Tran discusses the inspiration behind her norm-shattering…
How we’re using dogs to sniff out malaria | James Logan
Oct 21, 2019 • 17 min
What if we could diagnose some of the world’s deadliest diseases by the smells our bodies give off? In a fascinating talk and live demo, biologist James Logan introduces Freya, a malaria-sniffing dog, to show how we can harness the awesome powers of…
How nanoparticles could change the way we treat cancer | Joy Wolfram
Oct 18, 2019 • 10 min
Ninety-nine percent of cancer drugs never make it to tumors, getting washed out of the body before they have time to do their job. How can we better deliver life-saving drugs? Cancer researcher Joy Wolfram shares cutting-edge medical research into…
A love story for the coral reef crisis | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Oct 18, 2019 • 6 min
Over the course of hundreds of scuba dives, marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson fell in love — with a fish. In this ode to parrotfish, she shares five reasons why these creatures are simply amazing (from their ability to poop white sand to make…
How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
We need a radically new approach to ocean conservation, says marine biologist and TED Fellow Alasdair Harris. In a visionary talk, he lays out a surprising solution to the problem of overfishing that could both revive marine life and rebuild local…
A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood
Oct 16, 2019 • 13 min
During the winter of 2018-2019, one million tons of salt were applied to icy roads in the state of Pennsylvania alone. The salt from industrial uses like this often ends up in freshwater rivers, making their water undrinkable and contributing to a growing…
The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas
Oct 15, 2019 • 14 min
How does psychological trauma affect children’s developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the…
An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock
Oct 15, 2019 • 15 min
Over his eight-year prison sentence, Marcus Bullock was sustained by his mother’s love — and by the daily letters and photos she sent of life on the outside. Years later, as an entrepreneur, Bullock asked himself: How can I make it easier for all families…
How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua
Oct 15, 2019 • 13 min
Social entrepreneur Julie Cordua works on a problem that isn’t easy to talk about: the sexual abuse of children in images and videos on the internet. At Thorn, she’s building technology to connect the dots between the tech industry, law enforcement and…
After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up | David Deutsch
Oct 14, 2019 • 15 min
Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the “great monotony” — the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years — and shows how humanity’s capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be…
Revelations from a lifetime of dance | Judith Jamison and members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Oct 11, 2019 • 17 min
“Dance can elevate our human experience beyond words,” says Judith Jamison, artistic director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In between performances of excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s classic works “Revelations” and “Cry,” Jamison reflects…
What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully | Shannon Lee
Oct 10, 2019 • 11 min
Most of us know Bruce Lee as the famous martial artist and action film star — but he was also a philosopher who taught “self-actualization”: the practice of how to be yourself in the best way possible. In this inspiring talk, Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee…
How we’re using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases | Laura Boykin
Oct 10, 2019 • 12 min
Nearly 800 million people worldwide depend on cassava for survival — but this critical food source is under attack by entirely preventable viruses, says computational biologist and TED Senior Fellow Laura Boykin. She takes us to the farms in East Africa…
A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez
Oct 9, 2019 • 10 min
In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down to earth — and showing what you can do every day to create a sense…
A radical plan to end plastic waste | Andrew Forrest
Oct 8, 2019 • 14 min
Plastic is an incredible substance for the economy — and the worst substance possible for the environment, says entrepreneur Andrew Forrest. In a conversation meant to spark debate, Forrest and head of TED Chris Anderson discuss an ambitious plan to get…
How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil
Oct 8, 2019 • 4 min
Local reporters are on the front lines of important stories, but their work often goes unnoticed by national and international news outlets. TED Fellow and journalist Gangadhar Patil is working to change that. In this quick talk, he shows how he’s…
The transformative power of video games | Herman Narula
Oct 8, 2019 • 12 min
A full third of the world’s population — 2.6 billion people — play video games, plugging into massive networks of interaction that have opened up opportunities well beyond entertainment. In a talk about the future of the medium, entrepreneur Herman Narula…
This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic
Oct 7, 2019 • 9 min
Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean — until astrobiologist Tara Djokic and her team made an unexpected discovery in the western Australian desert. Learn how an…
Reducing corruption takes a specific kind of investment | Efosa Ojomo
Oct 4, 2019 • 11 min
Traditional thinking on corruption goes like this: if you put good laws in place and enforce them well, then economic development increases and corruption falls. In reality, we have the equation backwards, says innovation researcher Efosa Ojomo. In this…
Why language is humanity’s greatest invention | David Peterson
Oct 3, 2019 • 14 min
Civilization rests upon the existence of language, says language creator David Peterson. In a talk that’s equal parts passionate and hilarious, he shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity — and…
What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen
Oct 3, 2019 • 13 min
With fascinating research and hilarious anecdotes, neuroscientist Camilla Arndal Andersen takes us into the lab where she studies people’s sense of taste via brain scans. She reveals surprising insights about the way our brains subconsciously experience…
What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz
Oct 2, 2019 • 16 min
The US health care system assumes many things about patients: that they can take off from work in the middle of the day, speak English, have a working telephone and a steady supply of food. Because of that, it’s failing many of those who are most in need,…
How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah
Oct 1, 2019 • 5 min
Conservationist and TED Fellow Moreangels Mbizah studied the famous Cecil the lion until he was shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. She wonders how things could’ve gone differently, asking: “What if the community that lived next to Cecil was involved in…
Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres
Oct 1, 2019 • 6 min
The average farmer in America makes less than 15 cents of every dollar on a product that you purchase at a store. They feed our communities, but farmers often cannot afford the very foods they grow. In this actionable talk, social entrepreneur Mohammad…
How we experience time and memory through art | Sarah Sze
Sep 30, 2019 • 13 min
Artist Sarah Sze takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through her work: immersive installations as tall as buildings, splashed across walls, orbiting through galleries — blurring the lines between time, memory and space. Explore how we give meaning to…
Creativity builds nations | Muthoni Drummer Queen
Sep 27, 2019 • 11 min
In a hopeful talk followed by an empowering performance, musician and TED Fellow Muthoni Drummer Queen shares how industries like music, film and fashion provide a platform for Africans to broadcast their rich and diverse talents — and explains how the…
How one tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit | Sam Van Aken
Sep 27, 2019 • 11 min
Artist Sam Van Aken shares the breathtaking work behind the “Tree of 40 Fruit,” an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees that grow 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries — all on the same tree. What began as an art…
A wall won’t solve America’s border problems | Will Hurd
Sep 26, 2019 • 17 min
“Building a 30-foot-high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” says Congressman Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas whose district encompasses two times zones and shares an 820-mile…
How we’re building the world’s largest family tree | Yaniv Erlich
Sep 25, 2019 • 11 min
Computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich helped build the world’s largest family tree — comprising 13 million people and going back more than 500 years. He shares fascinating patterns that emerged from the work — about our love lives, our health, even…
How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski
Sep 24, 2019 • 9 min
As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski is often asked: How do couples sustain a strong sexual connection over the long term? In this funny, insightful talk, she shares her answer — drawing on (somewhat surprising) research to reveal why some couples stop having…
Can seaweed help curb global warming? | Tim Flannery
Sep 23, 2019 • 14 min
It’s time for planetary-scale interventions to combat climate change — and environmentalist Tim Flannery thinks seaweed can help. In a bold talk, he shares the epic carbon-capturing potential of seaweed, explaining how oceangoing seaweed farms created on…
A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India | Safeena Husain
Sep 23, 2019 • 9 min
“Girls’ education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to help solve some of the world’s most difficult problems,” says social entrepreneur Safeena Husain. In a visionary talk, she shares her plan to enroll a staggering 1.6 million girls in…
We need to track the world’s water like we track the weather | Sonaar Luthra
Sep 20, 2019 • 13 min
We need a global weather service for water, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra. In a talk about environmental accountability, Luthra shows how we could forecast water shortages and risks with a global data collection effort — just like we…
4 questions you should always ask your doctor | Christer Mjåset
Sep 19, 2019 • 11 min
“Doctor, is this really necessary?” Backed by startling statistics about overtreatment, neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset explains the power of this and other simple questions in the context of medical treatment and surgery — and shares how patients can better…
This could be why you’re depressed or anxious | Johann Hari
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world — as well as some exciting emerging solutions. “If you’re depressed or anxious, you’re not weak and you’re not crazy —…
How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems | Federica Bianco
Sep 17, 2019 • 5 min
To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What else could they do with this expertise? In an interdisciplinary talk, TED Fellow and astrophysicist Federica…
A free world needs satire | Patrick Chappatte
Sep 17, 2019 • 14 min
We need humor like we need the air we breathe, says editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent skewering everything from dictators and ideologues to selfies and social media mobs, Chappatte makes a…
How climate change could make our food less nutritious | Kristie Ebi
Sep 16, 2019 • 11 min
Rising carbon levels in the atmosphere can make plants grow faster, but there’s another hidden consequence: they rob plants of the nutrients and vitamins we need to survive. In a talk about global food security, epidemiologist Kristie Ebi explores the…
What streaming means for the future of entertainment | Emmett Shear
Sep 16, 2019 • 14 min
In a talk and demo, Twitch cofounder Emmett Shear shares his vision for the future of interactive entertainment — and explains how video game streaming is helping people build communities online. “I am excited for a world where our entertainment could…
The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer
Sep 13, 2019 • 17 min
Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that “greed is good” — an idea he describes as not only morally…
Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev
Sep 12, 2019 • 12 min
Community organizer Raj Jayadev wants to transform the US court system through “participatory defense” — a growing movement that empowers families and community members to impact their loved ones’ court cases. He shares the remarkable results of their…
What reading slowly taught me about writing | Jacqueline Woodson
Sep 12, 2019 • 10 min
Reading slowly — with her finger running beneath the words, even when she was taught not to — has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we…
How deepfakes undermine truth and threaten democracy | Danielle Citron
Sep 11, 2019 • 13 min
The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes — whether it’s to stoke violence or defame politicians and journalists — is becoming a real threat. As these tools become more accessible and their products more…
How your emotions change the shape of your heart | Sandeep Jauhar
Sep 10, 2019 • 16 min
“A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts,” says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the mysterious ways our emotions impact the health of our hearts — causing them to change shape in response to grief or…
A “living drug” that could change the way we treat cancer | Carl June
Sep 10, 2019 • 15 min
Carl June is the pioneer behind CAR T-cell therapy: a groundbreaking cancer treatment that supercharges part of a patient’s own immune system to attack and kill tumors. In a talk about a breakthrough, he shares how three decades of research culminated in…
How we can make racism a solvable problem — and improve policing | Phillip Atiba Goff
Sep 9, 2019 • 12 min
When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it — and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing…
Why you should be a climate activist | Luisa Neubauer
Sep 6, 2019 • 17 min
“I dream of a world where geography classes teach about the climate crisis as this one great challenge that was won by people like you and me,” says climate activist Luisa Neubauer. With Greta Thunberg, Neubauer helped initiate “Fridays For Future,” the…
Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists | Andrew Marantz
Sep 5, 2019 • 14 min
Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they’re…
“Stumbling towards intimacy”: An improvised TED Talk | Anthony Veneziale
Sep 4, 2019 • 11 min
In a hilarious, completely improvised talk, improv master Anthony Veneziale takes to the TED stage for a truly one-of-a-kind performance. Armed with an audience-suggested topic (“stumbling towards intimacy”) and a deck of slides he’s never seen before,…
How porn changes the way teens think about sex | Emily F. Rothman
Sep 4, 2019 • 15 min
“The free, online, mainstream pornography that teenagers are most likely to see is a completely terrible form of sex education,” says public health researcher Emily F. Rothman. She shares how her mission to end dating and sexual violence led her to create…
What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics | Jochen Wegner
Sep 3, 2019 • 13 min
In spring 2019, more than 17,000 Europeans from 33 countries signed up to have a political argument with a complete stranger. They were part of “Europe Talks,” a project that organizes one-on-one conversations between people who disagree — sort of like a…
A climate change solution that’s right under our feet | Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Sep 3, 2019 • 13 min
There’s two times more carbon in the earth’s soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere — combined. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe dives into the science of soil and shares how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset…
What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park
Aug 30, 2019 • 10 min
“North Korea is unimaginable,” says human rights activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped the country at the age of 13. Sharing the harrowing story of her childhood, she reflects on the fragility of freedom — and shows how change can be achieved even in the…
How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas
Aug 29, 2019 • 15 min
TV news anchor Lee Thomas thought his career was over after he was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that left large patches of his skin without pigment and led to derision and stares. In a captivating talk, he shares how he discovered a way…
Can we choose to fall out of love? | Dessa
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
What’s the best way to get over heartbreak? Rapper and writer Dessa came up with an unconventional approach after a chance viewing of Helen Fisher’s TED Talk about the brains of the lovestruck. In a wryly funny talk, she describes how she worked with a…
Emergency medicine for our climate fever | Kelly Wanser
Aug 28, 2019 • 14 min
As we recklessly warm the planet by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some industrial emissions also produce particles that reflect sunshine back into space, putting a check on global warming that we’re only starting to understand. Climate…
How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray
Aug 27, 2019 • 7 min
“For all that’s ever been said about climate change, we haven’t heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world,” says science writer Britt Wray. In this quick talk, she explores how climate change is threatening our…
How the West can adapt to a rising Asia | Kishore Mahbubani
Aug 26, 2019 • 17 min
As Asian economies and governments continue to gain power, the West needs to find ways to adapt to the new global order, says author and diplomat Kishore Mahbubani. In an insightful look at international politics, Mahbubani shares a three-part strategy…
What ping-pong taught me about life | Pico Iyer
Aug 23, 2019 • 12 min
Growing up in England, Pico Iyer was taught that the point of a game was to win. Now, some 50 years later, he’s realized that competition can be “more like an act of love.” In this charming, subtly profound talk, he explores what regular games of…
The power to think ahead in a reckless age | Bina Venkataraman
Aug 22, 2019 • 13 min
In a forward-looking talk, author Bina Venkataraman answers a pivotal question of our time: How can we secure our future and do right by future generations? She parses the mistakes we make when imagining the future of our lives, businesses and…
Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail | Jon Lowenstein
Aug 21, 2019 • 13 min
For the past 20 years, photographer and TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein has documented the migrant journey from Latin America to the United States, one of the largest transnational migrations in world history. Sharing photos from his decade-long project “Shadow…
How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Aug 20, 2019 • 13 min
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career. But as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us — trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequate…
When do kids start to care about other people’s opinions? | Sara Valencia Botto
Aug 19, 2019 • 10 min
Drawing on her research into early childhood development, psychologist Sara Valencia Botto investigates when (and how) children begin to change their behaviors in the presence of others — and explores what it means for the values we communicate in daily…
What’s at the bottom of the ocean — and how we’re getting there | Victor Vescovo
Aug 2, 2019 • 7 min
Victor Vescovo is leading the first-ever manned expedition to the deepest point of each of the world’s five oceans. In conversation with TED science curator David Biello, Vescovo discusses the technology that’s powering the explorations — a titanium…
“You Have the Rite” | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Aug 2, 2019 • 7 min
In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father’s tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood.
The human skills we need in an unpredictable world | Margaret Heffernan
Aug 1, 2019 • 15 min
The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. She shares why we need less tech and more messy human skills — imagination, humility, bravery — to…
What it was like to grow up under China’s one-child policy | Nanfu Wang
Jul 31, 2019 • 5 min
China’s one-child policy ended in 2015, but we’re just beginning to understand what it was like to live under the program, says TED Fellow and documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang. With footage from her film “One Child Nation,” she shares untold stories that…
How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman
Jul 30, 2019 • 5 min
Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women — despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a police officer and chief, TED…
Why governments should prioritize well-being | Nicola Sturgeon
Jul 29, 2019 • 10 min
In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country’s success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon…
The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot
Jul 26, 2019 • 15 min
To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around…
An urgent call to protect the world’s “Third Pole” | Tshering Tobgay
Jul 25, 2019 • 14 min
The Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the world’s third-largest repository of ice, after the North and South Poles — and if current melting rates continue, two-thirds of its glaciers could be gone by the end of this century. What will happen if we let them…
The real relationship between your age and your chance of success | Albert-László Barabási
Jul 24, 2019 • 16 min
Backed by mathematical analysis, network theorist Albert-László Barabási explores the hidden mechanisms that drive success — no matter your field — and uncovers an intriguing connection between your age and your chance of making it big.
How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief
Jul 23, 2019 • 11 min
Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics — and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet transformative idea: that parents can teach their children about political agency by giving them a say in how…
The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra
Jul 22, 2019 • 13 min
Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival — what’s built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban designer…
How a typeface helped launch Apollo | Douglas Thomas
Jul 19, 2019 • 14 min
When humanity first landed on the moon in 1969, the typeface Futura was right there with them. In this fascinating history of typography, designer Douglas Thomas shares Futura’s role in launching the Apollo 11 spacecraft — and how it became one of the…
How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell
Jul 18, 2019 • 15 min
Shocking, but true: the United States has the highest rate of deaths for new mothers of any developed country — and 60 percent of them are preventable. With clarity and urgency, physician Elizabeth Howell explains the causes of maternal mortality and…
A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner
Jul 17, 2019 • 9 min
Early education is critical to children’s success — but millions of kids in the United States still don’t have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into the…
The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer
Jul 16, 2019 • 10 min
Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. “A country shows…
Mentalism, mind reading and the art of getting inside your head | Derren Brown
Jul 16, 2019 • 14 min
“Magic is a great analogy for how we edit reality and form a story — and then mistake that story for the truth,” says psychological illusionist Derren Brown. In a clever talk wrapped around a dazzling mind-reading performance, Brown explores the seductive…
The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren’t exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi
Jul 15, 2019 • 15 min
We’re not doing frontline exploratory science in a huge portion of the world — the places governments deem too hostile or disputed. What might we be missing because we’re not looking? In this fearless, unexpectedly funny talk, paleoanthropologist Ella…
How film transforms the way we see the world | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Jul 12, 2019 • 12 min
Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring…
How we’re honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani
Jul 11, 2019 • 11 min
Since its founding in 1851, the “New York Times” has published thousands of obituaries — for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of color. In…
Origami robots that reshape and transform themselves | Jamie Paik
Jul 10, 2019 • 12 min
Taking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created “robogamis”: folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to achieve a…
The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin
Jul 9, 2019 • 16 min
Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he explains…
Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King
Jul 8, 2019 • 14 min
From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex…
3 ways to measure your adaptability — and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto
Jul 5, 2019 • 6 min
When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn’t just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your “adaptability…
A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio
Jul 3, 2019 • 16 min
When Julius Maada Bio first seized political power in Sierra Leone in 1996, he did so to improve the lives of its citizens. But he soon realized that for democracy to flourish, its foundation needs to be built on the will of the people. After arranging an…
The world’s first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system | Moriba Jah
Jul 2, 2019 • 5 min
“Most of what we send into outer space never comes back,” says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they’re mostly populated by space junk. Learn more about his…
How augmented reality is changing activism | Glenn Cantave
Jul 1, 2019 • 6 min
Glenn Cantave uses technology to highlight narratives of the oppressed. In a tour of immersive visual projects, he shares his work with the team at Movers and Shakers NYC, a coalition that executes direct action and advocacy campaigns for marginalized…
The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray
Jun 28, 2019 • 9 min
“The hood is good,” says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team honor the soul and history of their community while applying their unbridled…
You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun
Jun 27, 2019 • 10 min
Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling like…
How to ask for help — and get a “yes” | Heidi Grant
Jun 26, 2019 • 11 min
Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, social psychologist Heidi Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it — while making…
Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger
Jun 25, 2019 • 7 min
Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: “Where do I go to get vaccinated?” The post went viral, landing Lindenberger in the middle of a heated debate about vaccination and, ultimately,…
Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer
Jun 24, 2019 • 7 min
Lindsay Amer is the creator of “Queer Kid Stuff,” an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. By giving kids and their families a vocabulary to express themselves, Amer is helping to…
Architectural secrets of the world’s ancient wonders | Brandon Clifford
Jun 21, 2019 • 4 min
How did ancient civilizations move massive stones to build Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Easter Island statues? In this quick, delightful talk, TED Fellow Brandon Clifford reveals some architectural secrets of the past and shows how we can use these…
“A Bird Made of Birds” | Sarah Kay
Jun 21, 2019 • 4 min
“The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing,” says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing “A Bird Made of Birds,” she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also the host of TED’s podcast…
The living tech we need to support human life on other planets | Lynn Rothschild
Jun 20, 2019 • 16 min
What would it take to settle Mars? In a talk about the future of space exploration, Lynn Rothschild reviews the immense challenges to living elsewhere in the universe and proposes some bold, creative solutions to making a home off planet Earth — like…
What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad
Jun 19, 2019 • 17 min
“The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone,” says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between “sick” and “well,” asking: How do you begin again and…
How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity — and how we can stop it | Rob Reid
Jun 18, 2019 • 16 min
The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a…
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker
Jun 17, 2019 • 10 min
Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, David…
The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs
Jun 14, 2019 • 17 min
Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people — and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton,…
My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore
Jun 13, 2019 • 9 min
Daniel Lismore’s closet is probably a bit different than yours — his clothes are constructed out of materials ranging from beer cans and plastic crystals to diamonds, royal silks and 2,000-year-old Roman rings. In this striking talk, Lismore shares the…
Why we get mad — and why it’s healthy | Ryan Martin
Jun 12, 2019 • 13 min
Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger — and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. “Your anger exists in you … because it offered your ancestors,…
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker
Jun 11, 2019 • 10 min
Why do some gatherings take off and others don’t? Author Priya Parker shares three easy steps to turn your parties, dinners, meetings and holidays into meaningful, transformative gatherings.
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth — and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd
Jun 10, 2019 • 13 min
The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes — some of which have been in the earth’s crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What’s it like down there? Take a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica as…
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier
Jun 7, 2019 • 14 min
Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the cosmos as she shares her team’s work on the Sloan…
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo
Jun 6, 2019 • 18 min
Reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the bridging power of the written word — as well as the…
The lies our culture tells us about what matters — and a better way to live | David Brooks
Jun 5, 2019 • 14 min
Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a…
“Everything happens for a reason” — and other lies I’ve loved | Kate Bowler
Jun 4, 2019 • 14 min
In life’s toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers — challenging…
Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels
Jun 3, 2019 • 15 min
Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team’s projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEGO Home of the Brick in Denmark — and catch a glimpse of…
The amazing brains and morphing skin of octopuses and other cephalopods | Roger Hanlon
May 31, 2019 • 13 min
Octopus, squid and cuttlefish — collectively known as cephalopods — have strange, massive, distributed brains. What do they do with all that neural power? Dive into the ocean with marine biologist Roger Hanlon, who shares astonishing footage of the…
The story we tell about millennials — and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen
May 30, 2019 • 11 min
Millennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US — but far too often, they’re reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked…
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden
May 30, 2019 • 7 min
TED Fellow and astronomer Erika Hamden leads the team building FIREBall, a telescope that hangs from a giant balloon at the very edge of space and looks for clues about how stars are created. She takes us inside the roller-coaster, decade-long journey to…
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
May 29, 2019 • 16 min
Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he…
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague
May 28, 2019 • 9 min
Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year — yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Morgan Vague describes her research with microbiologist Jay…
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels
May 24, 2019 • 12 min
A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths about the criminal justice system and ideas for how…
My identity is a superpower — not an obstacle | America Ferrera
May 23, 2019 • 14 min
Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media — and a shift in how we…
The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya
May 22, 2019 • 17 min
Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past — and shares his vision for a…
The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich
May 21, 2019 • 5 min
Conventional meat production causes harm to our environment and presents risks to global health, but people aren’t going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an eye-opening…
Sloths! The strange life of the world’s slowest mammal | Lucy Cooke
May 21, 2019 • 14 min
Sloths have been on this planet for more than 40 million years. What’s the secret to their success? In a hilarious talk, zoologist Lucy Cooke takes us inside the strange life of the world’s slowest mammal and shows what we can learn from their ingenious…
How to build your confidence — and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett
May 20, 2019 • 13 min
“Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows,” says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence — and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence helps…
The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood
May 17, 2019 • 12 min
In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member — and shares the things you can do every day to…
How AI could become an extension of your mind | Arnav Kapur
May 16, 2019 • 8 min
Try talking to yourself without opening your mouth, by simply saying words internally. What if you could search the internet like that — and get an answer back? In the first live public demo of his new technology, TED Fellow Arnav Kapur introduces…
What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
May 15, 2019 • 14 min
E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults — from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent. Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra…
Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns
May 14, 2019 • 10 min
Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their environment — like color-changing ink that can tell you when you’re getting a sunburn — and shows exciting ways…
Digital humans that look just like us | Doug Roble
May 13, 2019 • 12 min
In an astonishing talk and tech demo, software researcher Doug Roble debuts “DigiDoug”: a real-time, 3-D, digital rendering of his likeness that’s accurate down to the scale of pores and wrinkles. Powered by an inertial motion capture suit, deep neural…
Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker
May 10, 2019 • 19 min
Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the…
How your brain’s executive function works — and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel
May 9, 2019 • 9 min
You use your brain’s executive function every day — it’s how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine…
The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali
May 9, 2019 • 13 min
The global fertility rate, or the number of children per woman, has halved over the last 50 years. What will having fewer babies mean for the future of humanity? In this funny, eye-opening talk, journalist (and self-described exhausted dad) Wajahat Ali…
The crisis of leadership — and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman
May 8, 2019 • 14 min
What should modern leadership look like? Entrepreneur and former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir thinks global leaders need to change their ways — or risk becoming irrelevant. In a conversation with curator Bryn Freedman, she shows how…
How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu
May 7, 2019 • 14 min
Civic evangelist Eric Liu shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to “Civic Saturday” and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build…
Everything around you can become a computer | Ivan Poupyrev
May 6, 2019 • 13 min
Designer Ivan Poupyrev wants to integrate technology into everyday objects to make them more useful and fun — like a jacket you can use to answer phone calls or a houseplant you can play like a keyboard. In a talk and tech demo, he lays out his vision for…
Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin
May 3, 2019 • 16 min
It starts with a sketch. Then it evolves into a larger-than-life visual masterpiece, a celebration of human connection. Follow along as legendary artist and designer Es Devlin takes us on a visual tour of her work — including iconic stage sculptures she’s…
How supercharged plants could slow climate change | Joanne Chory
May 2, 2019 • 13 min
Plants are amazing machines — for millions of years, they’ve taken carbon dioxide out of the air and stored it underground, keeping a crucial check on the global climate. Plant geneticist Joanne Chory is working to amplify this special ability: with her…
Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them | Michele Wucker
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it’s too late? Policy strategist Michele Wucker urges us to replace the myth of the “black swan” — that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe — with the…
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Apr 30, 2019 • 7 min
When you’re feeling burned out as an activist, what’s the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of “playtivism” — the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this…