|Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life - TED.com|
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; death; humanity; life; TED2013; 2013
|Sergey Brin: Why Google Glass? - TED.com|
It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; interface design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Liu Bolin: The invisible man - TED.com|
Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; china; global issues; photography; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard! - TED.com|
Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; technology; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness - TED.com|
In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; data; technology; TED@Intel; 2013
|Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20 - TED.com|
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; youth; TED2013; 2013
|Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley - TED.com|
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; education; student; TED Talks Education; 2013
|John Legend: "True Colors" - TED.com|
In a heart-melting moment, Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; live music; piano; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit - TED.com|
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; education; psychology; success; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning - TED.com|
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; chemistry; education; science; student; technology; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback - TED.com|
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; education; global issues; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough! - TED.com|
Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; children; education; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Malcolm London: “High School Training Ground” - TED.com|
Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; poetry; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher - TED.com|
Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she’s creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it's okay if sometimes homework isn’t the first thing on their minds.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; education; TED Talks Education; 2013
|ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! - TED.com|
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; china; education; language; TED2013; 2013
|Timothy Bartik: The economic case for preschool - TED.com|
In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. (Filmed at TEDxMiamiUniversity.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; economics; education; TEDxMiamiUniversity; 2012
|Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion - TED.com|
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; education; TED Talks Education; 2013
|Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo - TED.com|
What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; security; social media; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography - TED.com|
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; arts; environment; global issues; photography; TED2013; 2013
|Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors - TED.com|
Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; innovation; nuclear energy; physics; science; technology; youth; TED2013; 2013
|David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips - TED.com|
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Andres Lozano: Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off - TED.com|
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. A dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; health care; neuroscience; TEDxCaltech; 2013
|Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck - TED.com|
When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and destiny.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; disability; storytelling; writing; TED2013; 2013
|Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness - TED.com|
Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing: for us to stop thinking about “mental disorders” and start understanding them as “brain disorders.” (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; health; mental health; neuroscience; TEDxCaltech; 2013
|Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously. - TED.com|
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; water; TED2013; 2013
|Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club - TED.com|
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientist” -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; science; storytelling; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport - TED.com|
When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. One rectified diagnosis and a transplant later, Dishman puts his personal experience and his expertise as a leading medical tech specialist together to suggest some bold ideas for reinventing healthcare -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (Filmed at TED@Intel)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health care; technology; TED@Intel; 2013
|Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? - TED.com|
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; business; leadership; productivity; work; TEDxRiodelaPlata; 2012
|Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone - TED.com|
Your smartphone may feel like a friend -- but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; robots; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science - TED.com|
At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he's president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students -- specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners -- get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC's approach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; inequality; math; science; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all - TED.com|
Trivia whiz Ken Jennings has made a career as a keeper of facts; he holds the longest winning streak in history on the U.S. game show Jeopardy. But in 2011, he played a challenge match against supercomputer Watson -- and lost. With humor and humility, Jennings tells us how it felt to have a computer literally beat him at his own game, and also makes the case for good old-fashioned human knowledge. (Filmed at TEDxSeattleU.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; entertainment; robots; technology; TEDxSeattleU; 2013
|Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing" - TED.com|
3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; industrial design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim - TED.com|
There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; government; law; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost - TED.com|
Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; technology; transportation; TED2013; 2013
|Kees Moeliker: How a dead duck changed my life - TED.com|
One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descriptions of sexual behavior in animals.]
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; birds; humor; science; sex; TED2013; 2013
|Colin Camerer: Neuroscience, game theory, monkeys - TED.com|
When two people are trying to make a deal -- whether they’re competing or cooperating -- what’s really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals just how little we’re able to predict what others are thinking. And he presents an unexpected study that shows chimpanzees might just be better at it than we are. (Filmed at TEDxCalTech.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; behavioral economics; choice; economics; neuroscience; TEDxCaltech; 2013
|Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions - TED.com|
In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; biodiversity; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jessica Green: Good germs make healthy buildings - TED.com|
Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes -- some good for us, some bad for us, and some just along for the ride. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; biodiversity; biology; collaboration; design; science; TED2013; 2013
|Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir Live - TED.com|
Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre's "Cloudburst," based on a poem by Octavio Paz.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; collaboration; community; entertainment; live music; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Francis Collins: We need better drugs -- now - TED.com|
Today we know the molecular cause of 4,000 diseases, but treatments are available for only 250 of them. So what’s taking so long? Geneticist and physician Francis Collins explains why systematic drug discovery is imperative, even for rare and complex diseases, and offers a few solutions -- like teaching old drugs new tricks.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disease; genetics; medical research; medicine; science; TEDMED 2012; 2012
|Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea - TED.com|
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B - TED.com|
In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials - TED.com|
Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news) - TED.com|
Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; global issues; inequality; poverty; TED2013; 2013
|Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready? - TED.com|
Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar the dodo .... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; philosophy; technology; TED2013; 2013
|David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals - TED.com|
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; insects; neuroscience; TEDxCaltech; 2013
|Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong - TED.com|
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; philanthropy; TED2013; 2013
|Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful - TED.com|
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; compassion; poetry; spoken word; TED2013; 2013
|Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school - TED.com|
Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; development; education; women; TEDxMidAtlantic; 2012
|Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - TED.com|
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; culture; food; health; social change; TED2013; 2013