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How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

12:25 | Dec 25th, 2018

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a ...Show More

How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

15:05 | Dec 24th, 2018

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worke...Show More

How to love criticism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

34:39 | Mar 22nd, 2018

What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them? At the world's most successful hedge fund, everyone is rated and ranked constantly -- in front of everyone. They've figured out how to embrace negative feedback, and they swear it'...Show More

What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler

13:15 | Mar 5th, 2018

A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between: the legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a bucket list goal for champion athletes. But when Minda Dentler decided to ...Show More

Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system | Bhu Srinivasan

6:10 | Feb 12th, 2018

Bhu Srinivasan researches the intersection of capitalism and technological progress. Instead of thinking about capitalism as a firm, unchanging ideology, he suggests that we should think of it as an operating system -- one that needs upgrades to keep...Show More

3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur

22:12 | Feb 9th, 2018

What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the ...Show More

What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson

7:19 | Jan 4th, 2018

As parents, it's our job to teach our kids about sex. But beyond "the talk," which covers biology and reproduction, there's so much more we can say about the human experience of being in our bodies. Introducing "The Talk 2.0," Sue Jaye Johnson shows ...Show More

The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it | Dan Gartenberg

6:37 | Dec 5th, 2017

There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consoli...Show More

How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford

14:37 | Oct 26th, 2017

Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case...Show More

A precise, three-word address for every place on earth | Chris Sheldrick

5:18 | Oct 19th, 2017

With what3words, Chris Sheldrick and his team have divided the entire planet into three-meter squares and assigned each a unique, three-word identifier, like famous.splice.writers or blocks.evenly.breed, giving a precise address to the billions of pe...Show More

The new age of corporate monopolies | Margrethe Vestager

19:48 | Oct 18th, 2017

Margrethe Vestager wants to keep European markets competitive -- which is why, on behalf of the EU, she's fined Google $2.8 billion for breaching antitrust rules, asked Apple for $15.3 billion in back taxes and investigated a range of companies, from...Show More

The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

21:58 | Oct 13th, 2017

"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism." A native of ...Show More

The fascinating secret lives of giant clams | Mei Lin Neo

5:27 | Sep 26th, 2017

When you think about the deep blue sea, you might instantly think of whales or coral reefs. But spare a thought for giant clams, the world's largest living shellfish. These incredible creatures can live to 100, grow up to four and a half feet long an...Show More

How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

14:25 | Aug 31st, 2017

What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information abo...Show More

The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

40:50 | Apr 30th, 2017

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

17:04 | Jan 18th

Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there's still a long way to go, says activist Cecile R...Show More

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

8:15 | Jan 17th

You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old invento...Show More

Embrace the strange magic of your true self | Casey Gerald

17:03 | Jan 17th

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to at...Show More

How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

13:48 | Jan 16th

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trap...Show More

Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

12:45 | Jan 15th

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted op...Show More

3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

11:13 | Jan 14th

Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it's clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an ac...Show More

Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose

10:04 | Jan 11th

A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini ...Show More

The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu

12:52 | Jan 10th

How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social fac...Show More

What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale

11:51 | Jan 9th

Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of wh...Show More

How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar

10:06 | Jan 8th

India has the second largest population of any country in the world -- yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India's smart...Show More

What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro

13:11 | Jan 8th

What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: "What are you willing to give up?" He shares lessons learned fro...Show More

The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams

13:12 | Jan 7th

Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonatha...Show More

The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

10:45 | Jan 4th

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languag...Show More

How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle

12:03 | Jan 3rd

Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert El...Show More

In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

14:31 | Jan 2nd

As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it's l...Show More

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

11:51 | Jan 1st

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us...Show More

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

14:12 | Dec 31st, 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal comm...Show More

You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

18:15 | Dec 28th, 2018

Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressio...Show More

How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier

14:54 | Dec 27th, 2018

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge -- but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal de...Show More

The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

13:24 | Dec 26th, 2018

In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet -- a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian ...Show More

Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

12:19 | Dec 21st, 2018

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary" -- those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she...Show More

The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze

14:48 | Dec 20th, 2018

Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked whe...Show More

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

19:24 | Dec 19th, 2018

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap | Darrick Hamilton

12:36 | Dec 18th, 2018

Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth po...Show More

How to break the cycle of toxic masculinity | Eldra Jackson

11:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of w...Show More

The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

20:06 | Dec 17th, 2018

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implic...Show More

The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe

17:11 | Dec 14th, 2018

How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having...Show More

How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff

12:23 | Dec 13th, 2018

Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize peopl...Show More

How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris

13:23 | Dec 13th, 2018

The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a pe...Show More

Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif

11:36 | Dec 12th, 2018

Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time -- when companies invest millions of dollar...Show More

3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd

12:21 | Dec 11th, 2018

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know -- and shares i...Show More

How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore

15:28 | Dec 10th, 2018

When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children -- without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the ch...Show More

The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo

16:01 | Dec 7th, 2018

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they're invisible, taken for granted ...Show More

Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil

9:52 | Dec 6th, 2018

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil sugges...Show More

How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

12:22 | Dec 5th, 2018

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our ...Show More

3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

12:38 | Dec 4th, 2018

How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor -- she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only ...Show More

Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang

12:07 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micr...Show More

Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

14:14 | Dec 1st, 2018

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that ...Show More

Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

16:15 | Nov 30th, 2018

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empath...Show More

The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera

11:16 | Nov 29th, 2018

With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero -- one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer...Show More

100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann

17:01 | Nov 28th, 2018

What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solution...Show More

When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany

13:04 | Nov 27th, 2018

Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns o...Show More

The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg

13:56 | Nov 26th, 2018

Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G -- the basic units of DNA. But now that's changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organ...Show More

Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for ... everything | The TED Interview

58:57 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Introducing The TED Interview, a new podcast hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir "Eat Pray Love" was a sensation precisely because of ...Show More

Where do your online returns go? | Aparna Mehta

7:38 | Nov 21st, 2018

Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-openin...Show More

How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux

12:41 | Nov 20th, 2018

Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled -- today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and so...Show More

How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar

14:56 | Nov 19th, 2018

Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreei...Show More

How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis | Alexander Belcredi

11:13 | Nov 16th, 2018

Viruses have a bad reputation -- but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with d...Show More

A librarian's case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek

13:53 | Nov 15th, 2018

Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wa...Show More

Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

13:53 | Nov 14th, 2018

What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to si...Show More

My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

15:29 | Nov 13th, 2018

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey tha...Show More

What to trust in a "post-truth" world | Alex Edmans

17:47 | Nov 12th, 2018

Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias -- the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs -- c...Show More

What it's like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed

16:16 | Nov 10th, 2018

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negat...Show More

The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis

10:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments -- a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down th...Show More

The global goals we've made progress on -- and the ones we haven't | Michael Green

14:11 | Nov 8th, 2018

"We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea," says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important ...Show More

How kids can help design cities | Mara Mintzer

14:24 | Nov 7th, 2018

Adults tend to think of kids as "future citizens" -- their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn't they have a say in what the world they'll inherit will look like? Urban plan...Show More

How I accidentally changed the way movies get made | Franklin Leonard

16:20 | Nov 7th, 2018

How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it's groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they did...Show More

Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail | Özlem Cekic

15:21 | Nov 6th, 2018

Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament -- becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a...Show More

The case for curiosity-driven research | Suzie Sheehy

9:19 | Nov 5th, 2018

Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments -- and makes th...Show More

Science can answer moral questions | Sam Harris

23:06 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw

9:41 | Nov 2nd, 2018

How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bi...Show More

How to let go of being a "good" person -- and become a better person | Dolly Chugh

11:48 | Nov 1st, 2018

What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -- like why it's hard to spot y...Show More

How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy | Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad

12:12 | Oct 31st, 2018

Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. I...Show More

Is war between China and the US inevitable? | Graham Allison

18:43 | Oct 30th, 2018

Taking lessons from a historical pattern called "Thucydides's Trap," political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants -- and how we can summon the common...Show More

What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman

8:34 | Oct 30th, 2018

Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work -- essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he's focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a ...Show More

How isolation fuels opioid addiction | Rachel Wurzman

18:31 | Oct 29th, 2018

What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman -- and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of...Show More

Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars | David Deutsch

19:00 | Oct 27th, 2018

Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.

How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? | Charles C. Mann

12:58 | Oct 26th, 2018

By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann break...Show More

My quest to defy gravity and fly | Elizabeth Streb

9:13 | Oct 25th, 2018

Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She's jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by foot...Show More

How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm

10:00 | Oct 24th, 2018

What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent p...Show More

How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore

14:25 | Oct 24th, 2018

A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises f...Show More

How nationalism and globalism can coexist | Wanis Kabbaj

12:54 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary...Show More

How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change | Vinay Shandal

13:37 | Oct 22nd, 2018

In a talk that's equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world's top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive...Show More

Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

19:09 | Oct 20th, 2018

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

What does the universe sound like? A musical tour | Matt Russo

16:52 | Oct 19th, 2018

Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it's often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe ...Show More

The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home | Daniel Kraft

12:12 | Oct 18th, 2018

We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medicat...Show More

5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström

12:22 | Oct 17th, 2018

In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model -- a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, be...Show More

The key to a better malaria vaccine | Faith Osier

7:11 | Oct 16th, 2018

The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago -- yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how ...Show More

Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling

11:51 | Oct 16th, 2018

We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and...Show More

Let's protect the oceans like national parks | David Lang

12:13 | Oct 15th, 2018

You don't have to be a scientist to help protect the world's oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang -- in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet's natural treasures many times in history. Lang asks us ...Show More

How whistle-blowers shape history | Kelly Richmond Pope

12:01 | Oct 12th, 2018

Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they've shared information that has shaped society -- and why they need our trust and protect...Show More

What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work -- and vice versa | Chip Conley

12:22 | Oct 11th, 2018

For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes ...Show More

What Americans agree on when it comes to health | Rebecca Onie

12:56 | Oct 10th, 2018

We may not be as deeply divided as we think -- at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on wha...Show More

3 ways to create a space that moves you, from a Broadway set designer | David Korins

10:36 | Oct 9th, 2018

You don't have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins -- you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like "Hamilton" and "Dear Evan Hansen," Korins offers a three-ste...Show More

How cryptocurrency can help startups get investment capital | Ashwini Anburajan

6:38 | Oct 9th, 2018

We're living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan -- but venture capital hasn't evolved to keep up, and startups aren't getting the funding they need to grow. In this quick talk, she shares the story of how her company b...Show More

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | Alex Honnold

11:49 | Oct 8th, 2018

Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising t...Show More

The secrets of spider venom | Michel Dugon

12:52 | Oct 5th, 2018

Spider venom can stop your heart within minutes, cause unimaginable pain -- and potentially save your life, says zoologist Michel Dugon. As a tarantula crawls up and down his arm, Dugon explains the medical properties of this potent toxin and how it ...Show More

3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace | Melinda Epler

9:37 | Oct 4th, 2018

We're taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that's not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate...Show More

Why being nice to your coworkers is good for business | Christine Porath

15:24 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being nice to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can ...Show More

What doctors should know about gender identity | Kristie Overstreet

14:25 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites us to shift how we view transgen...Show More

How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families | DeAndrea Salvador

5:31 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow DeAndrea Salvador is working to reduce energy costs so that no one has to make this kind of d...Show More

3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

6:07 | Oct 1st, 2018

Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the ...Show More

How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky

15:08 | Sep 28th, 2018

Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky.

How to build a thriving music scene in your city | Elizabeth Cawein

9:57 | Sep 27th, 2018

How does a city become known as a "music city"? Publicist Elizabeth Cawein explains how thriving music scenes make cities healthier and happier and shares ideas for bolstering your local music scene -- and showing off your city's talent to the world.

What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy

19:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits -- some dating back to the 1980s -- were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store evidence. When this scandal was uncovered, prosecutor Kym Worthy set a plan into action to get justic...Show More

How police and the public can create safer neighborhoods together | Tracie Keesee

9:57 | Sep 25th, 2018

We all want to be safe, and our safety is intertwined, says Tracie Keesee, cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity. Sharing lessons she's learned from 25 years as a police officer, Keesee reflects on the public safety challenges faced by both the...Show More

I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

15:17 | Sep 24th, 2018

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to ...Show More

How I became part sea urchin | Catherine Mohr

6:15 | Sep 21st, 2018

As a young scientist, Catherine Mohr was on her dream scuba trip -- when she put her hand right down on a spiny sea urchin. While a school of sharks circled above. What happened next? More than you can possibly imagine. Settle in for this fabulous st...Show More

Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

13:01 | Sep 20th, 2018

Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pilla...Show More

How we could teach our bodies to heal faster | Kaitlyn Sadtler

4:57 | Sep 20th, 2018

What if we could help our bodies heal faster and without scars, like Wolverine in X-Men? TED Fellow Kaitlyn Sadtler is working to make this dream a reality by developing new biomaterials that could change how our immune system responds to injuries. I...Show More

Why the hospital of the future will be your own home | Niels van Namen

11:36 | Sep 19th, 2018

Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it's because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what if we could get the lifes...Show More

The press trampled on my privacy. Here's how I took back my story | Kate Stone

6:18 | Sep 18th, 2018

After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative -- and help prevent others from losing their privacy, too. Learn how she reclaimed her story in this personal talk infused with humor ...Show More

Why we choke under pressure -- and how to avoid it | Sian Leah Beilock

15:13 | Sep 18th, 2018

When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock reveals what happens in your brain and body when you choke in stressful situations, sharing psychologic...Show More

Your fingerprints reveal more than you think | Simona Francese

10:05 | Sep 17th, 2018

Our fingerprints are what make us unique -- but they're also home to a world of information hidden in molecules that reveal our actions, lifestyles and routines. In this riveting talk, chemist Simona Francese shows how she studies these microscopic t...Show More

3 ways to make better decisions -- by thinking like a computer | Tom Griffiths

11:47 | Sep 14th, 2018

If you ever struggle to make decisions, here's a talk for you. Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths shows how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions -- on eve...Show More

How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang

13:40 | Sep 13th, 2018

For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that could help the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a lifesaving transplant. But the risks, specifi...Show More

How I'm using LEGO to teach Arabic | Ghada Wali

8:19 | Sep 13th, 2018

After a visit to a European library in search of Arabic and Middle Eastern texts turned up only titles about fear, terrorism and destruction, Ghada Wali resolved to represent her culture in a fun, accessible way. The result: a colorful, engaging proj...Show More

What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill

11:54 | Sep 12th, 2018

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effect...Show More

Did the global response to 9/11 make us safer? | Benedetta Berti

7:47 | Sep 11th, 2018

If we want sustainable, long-term security to be the norm in the world, it's time to radically rethink how we can achieve it, says TED Fellow and conflict researcher Benedetta Berti. In an eye-opening talk, Berti explains how building a safer world h...Show More

A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable | Andrew Bastawrous

11:15 | Sep 10th, 2018

In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along the way, he noticed a problem: st...Show More

How AI could compose a personalized soundtrack to your life | Pierre Barreau

8:29 | Sep 10th, 2018

Meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history's greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions created by AIVA and shares his dre...Show More

A love letter to realism in a time of grief | Mark Pollock and Simone George

19:22 | Sep 7th, 2018

When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope i...Show More

Let's launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp

8:33 | Sep 6th, 2018

When we talk about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide gets the most attention -- but methane, which often escapes unseen from pipes and wells, has a far greater immediate impact on global warming. Environmentalist Fred Krupp has an idea to fix the prob...Show More

3 ways businesses can fight sex trafficking | Nikki Clifton

12:29 | Sep 6th, 2018

Sex buying doesn't just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town -- it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an opportunity, says attorney Nikki Clift...Show More

What commercialization is doing to cannabis | Ben Cort

16:04 | Sep 5th, 2018

In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and added to what has fast become a multibillion-dollar global industry for all things weed-related: from vape pens to brownies and beyond. But to say that we've legalized marijuana is subtly misleading -- what we...Show More

How data is helping us unravel the mysteries of the brain | Steve McCarroll

17:22 | Sep 4th, 2018

Geneticist Steve McCarroll wants to make an atlas of all the cells in the human body so that we can understand in precise detail how specific genes work, especially in the brain. In this fascinating talk, he shares his team's progress -- including th...Show More

The new American Dream | Courtney E. Martin

15:32 | Sep 3rd, 2018

For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn't be a cause for alarm, says journalist Courtney E. Martin. Rather, it's an opportunity to define a new approach to...Show More

Let's get honest about our money problems | Tammy Lally

12:30 | Aug 31st, 2018

Struggling to budget and manage finances is common -- but talking honestly and openly about it isn't. Why do we hide our problems around money? In this thoughtful, personal talk, author Tammy Lally encourages us to break free of "money shame" and sho...Show More

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

6:16 | Aug 30th, 2018

When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexan...Show More

How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

7:58 | Aug 30th, 2018

Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an inspiring message about what s...Show More

How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu

12:18 | Aug 29th, 2018

China is the world's biggest polluter -- and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on e...Show More

A rare galaxy that's challenging our understanding of the universe | Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

4:39 | Aug 28th, 2018

What's it like to discover a galaxy -- and have it named after you? Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil lets us know in this quick talk about her team's surprising discovery of a mysterious new galaxy type.

How art can shape America's conversation about freedom | Dread Scott

4:32 | Aug 27th, 2018

In this quick talk, visual artist Dread Scott tells the story of one of his most transgressive art installations, which drew national attention for its controversial use of the American flag and led to a landmark First Amendment case in the US Suprem...Show More

Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

10:20 | Aug 24th, 2018

New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not...Show More

Don't fail fast -- fail mindfully | Leticia Gasca

12:34 | Aug 23rd, 2018

We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation -- and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepre...Show More

How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall

11:04 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we g...Show More

To transform child welfare, take race out of the equation | Jessica Pryce

7:41 | Aug 21st, 2018

In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their fa...Show More

Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

6:50 | Aug 21st, 2018

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry exp...Show More

How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha

14:28 | Aug 20th, 2018

When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encourage...Show More

How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

14:14 | Aug 17th, 2018

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming Internat...Show More

How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

10:19 | Aug 16th, 2018

When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the body. What if we could interrupt this process? In this accessible talk about cutting-edge science, Hasi...Show More

What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation | DK Osseo-Asare

14:17 | Aug 16th, 2018

In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and put...Show More

Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me) | Mary Maker

16:47 | Aug 15th, 2018

After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives -- and empowering a ...Show More

The little risks you can take to increase your luck | Tina Seelig

11:39 | Aug 14th, 2018

Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpec...Show More

How teachers can help kids find their political voices | Sydney Chaffee

16:59 | Aug 14th, 2018

Social justice belongs in our schools, says educator Sydney Chaffee. In a bold talk, she shows how teaching students to engage in activism helps them build important academic and life skills -- and asks us to rethink how we can use education to help ...Show More

How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

14:49 | Aug 13th, 2018

AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thri...Show More

You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King

14:38 | Jul 26th, 2018

Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco indus...Show More

How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace

5:19 | Jul 24th, 2018

Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA s...Show More

How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease | Pratik Shah

4:59 | Jul 24th, 2018

Today's AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient's disease. What if we could drastically reduce the amount of data needed to train an AI, making diagnoses low-cost and more effective? TED Fellow Pratik S...Show More

Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms | Lucy Marcil

4:56 | Jul 23rd, 2018

More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if those hours could be used for something productive -- like saving money? Through her organization St...Show More

How to train employees to have difficult conversations | Tamekia MizLadi Smith

8:10 | Jul 20th, 2018

It's time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, provocative talk, Smith shares a workplace training program called "I'm G.R.A.C.E.D." that will inspire boss...Show More

Where are all the aliens? | Stephen Webb

13:18 | Jul 19th, 2018

The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets -- so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has an explanation: we're alone in the universe. In a mind-expanding talk, he spells out the remarkable ba...Show More

What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media | Mikhail Zygar

4:49 | Jul 18th, 2018

History is written by the victors, as the saying goes -- but what would it look like if it was written by everyone? Journalist and TED Fellow Mikhail Zygar is on a mission to show us with Project1917, a "social network for dead people" that posts the...Show More

What your smart devices know (and share) about you | Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu

9:05 | Jul 18th, 2018

Once your "smart" appliances can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how oft...Show More

The power of diversity within yourself | Rebeca Hwang

9:44 | Jul 17th, 2018

Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities -- Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States -- and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came...Show More

The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface | Will Marshall

6:13 | Jul 16th, 2018

What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world's largest fleet of satellites to image the entire Earth every day. Now they're moving on to a new project: usin...Show More

How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer

12:01 | Jul 13th, 2018

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division -- can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge...Show More

An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

18:12 | Jul 12th, 2018

Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White open...Show More

A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi

13:17 | Jul 12th, 2018

At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi pre...Show More

How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson

15:08 | Jul 11th, 2018

Biologist Dan Gibson edits and programs DNA, just like coders program a computer. But his "code" creates life, giving scientists the power to convert digital information into biological material like proteins and vaccines. Now he's on to a new projec...Show More

How we study the microbes living in your gut | Dan Knights

9:56 | Jul 10th, 2018

There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut -- protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune system. As our bodies have adapted to life in modern society, we've started to lose some of our normal mi...Show More

How farming could employ Africa's young workforce -- and help build peace | Kola Masha

10:50 | Jul 10th, 2018

Africa's youth is coming of age rapidly, but job growth on the continent isn't keeping up. The result: financial insecurity and, in some cases, a turn towards insurgent groups. In a passionate talk, agricultural entrepreneur Kola Masha details his pl...Show More

The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | Gary Liu

12:41 | Jul 9th, 2018

The Chinese internet has grown at a staggering pace -- it now has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and Canada. Even with its imperfections, the lives of once-forgotten populations have been irrevocably e...Show More

A crash course in organic chemistry | Jakob Magolan

15:53 | Jul 6th, 2018

Jakob Magolan is here to change your perception of organic chemistry. In an accessible talk packed with striking graphics, he teaches us the basics while breaking the stereotype that organic chemistry is something to be afraid of.

A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox

14:15 | Jul 5th, 2018

Our planet has a carbon problem -- if we don't start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we'll grow hotter, faster. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox previews some amazing technology to scrub carbon from the air, using chemical reactions tha...Show More

How we're saving one of Earth's last wild places | Steve Boyes

9:01 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Navigating territorial hippos and active minefields, TED Fellow Steve Boyes and a team of scientists have been traveling through the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest remaining wetland wilderness, to explore and protect this near-pristine habitat agai...Show More

Why teens confess to crimes they didn't commit | Lindsay Malloy

14:43 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Why do juveniles falsely confess to crimes? What makes them more vulnerable than adults to this shocking, counterintuitive phenomenon? Through the lens of Brendan Dassey's interrogation and confession (as featured in Netflix's "Making a Murderer" doc...Show More

The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet | Penny Chisholm

16:37 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for billions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn't discovered until the mid-1...Show More

How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff

8:08 | Jun 29th, 2018

Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform ...Show More

The agony of opioid withdrawal -- and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

14:17 | Jun 28th, 2018

The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can...Show More

The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

13:24 | Jun 27th, 2018

In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet -- a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian ...Show More

Bridges should be beautiful | Ian Firth

14:01 | Jun 27th, 2018

Bridges need to be functional, safe and durable, but they should also be elegant and beautiful, says structural engineer Ian Firth. In this mesmerizing tour of bridges old and new, Firth explores the potential for innovation and variety in this essen...Show More

The symbols of systemic racism -- and how to take away their power | Paul Rucker

7:01 | Jun 26th, 2018

Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. A collector of artifacts connected to the history of slavery -- from branding irons and shackles to postcards depicting lynchings -...Show More

What if we eliminated one of the world's oldest diseases? | Caroline Harper

10:12 | Jun 26th, 2018

Thousands of years ago, ancient Nubians drew pictures on tomb walls of a terrible disease that turns the eyelids inside out and causes blindness. This disease, trachoma, is still a scourge in many parts of the world today -- but it's also completely ...Show More

How we can design timeless cities for our collective future | Vishaan Chakrabarti

13:13 | Jun 25th, 2018

There's a creeping sameness in many of our newest urban buildings and streetscapes, says architect Vishaan Chakrabarti. And this physical homogeneity -- the result of regulations, mass production, safety issues and cost considerations, among other fa...Show More

The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle

16:32 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" to...Show More

Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild

13:12 | Jun 21st, 2018

What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross stuff" and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us o...Show More

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings

20:51 | Jun 21st, 2018

Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" -- but not without taking its fair share of risks. In ...Show More

How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod

5:26 | Jun 20th, 2018

The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camp...Show More

Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum

12:42 | Jun 19th, 2018

What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk an...Show More

The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal

15:54 | Jun 18th, 2018

In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected ...Show More

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty

5:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we're a small part of a complex, four-billion-year...Show More

How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

5:49 | Jun 14th, 2018

In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy ...Show More

The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni

9:27 | Jun 14th, 2018

Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an emerging field that aims to creat...Show More

How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark

17:15 | Jun 13th, 2018

Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we're restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT physicist and AI researcher Max ...Show More

What we'll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques

13:31 | Jun 12th, 2018

In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease --...Show More

The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal

14:08 | Jun 12th, 2018

In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year a...Show More

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

11:51 | Jun 11th, 2018

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us...Show More

The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean's twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik

10:01 | Jun 8th, 2018

What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface? Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wants to find out. In this wonder-filled talk, she shares he...Show More

Inside the fight against Russia's fake news empire | Olga Yurkova

5:16 | Jun 7th, 2018

When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we'v...Show More

Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve | Enric Sala

13:05 | Jun 6th, 2018

What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas -- some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single...Show More

How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green

13:40 | Jun 6th, 2018

Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that...Show More

What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig

9:31 | Jun 5th, 2018

If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials -- a system wi...Show More

The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski

12:01 | Jun 5th, 2018

Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how ...Show More

Why theater is essential to democracy | Oskar Eustis

13:10 | Jun 4th, 2018

Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places ...Show More

How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource | Aaswath Raman

13:27 | Jun 1st, 2018

What if we could use the cold darkness of outer space to cool buildings on earth? In this mind-blowing talk, physicist Aaswath Raman details the technology he's developing to harness "night-sky cooling" -- a natural phenomenon where infrared light es...Show More

How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr

10:46 | May 31st, 2018

Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes -- and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigati...Show More

What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown

6:41 | May 31st, 2018

Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveal...Show More

How we'll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr

15:13 | May 30th, 2018

Humans will soon have new bodies that forever blur the line between the natural and synthetic worlds, says bionics designer Hugh Herr. In an unforgettable talk, he details "NeuroEmbodied Design," a methodology for creating cyborg function that he's d...Show More

A teen scientist's invention to help wounds heal | Anushka Naiknaware

6:58 | May 29th, 2018

Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don't heal pr...Show More

This simple test can help kids hear better | Susan Emmett

5:24 | May 29th, 2018

Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor -- much less to an audiologist's clinic for expensive, complex tests to check their hearing. The result for too many kids is hearing loss caused by ear infections and other c...Show More

How to talk to veterans about war | Wes Moore

14:27 | May 28th, 2018

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain -- who went on to write "The Other Wes Moore" -- explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. ...Show More

Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang

10:36 | May 25th, 2018

Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education -- and reveals some...Show More

How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes

12:16 | May 24th, 2018

Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide -- but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it....Show More

How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson

13:07 | May 24th, 2018

Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies "teaming," where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapp...Show More

How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine

15:27 | May 23rd, 2018

With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality -- and peace with death. Life is an enormou...Show More

The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx

13:44 | May 22nd, 2018

Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of t...Show More

What it's like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain

8:01 | May 22nd, 2018

Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narrati...Show More

Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee

13:38 | May 21st, 2018

Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find -- and create -- mor...Show More

Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari

18:22 | May 18th, 2018

In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologr...Show More

How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad

5:18 | May 17th, 2018

TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She tells the story of how she set up Pakistan's first cyber harassment helpline, offering support to wom...Show More

The age-old sharing economies of Africa -- and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth

9:14 | May 17th, 2018

From rides to homes and beyond, we're sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing economy seems, it's been alive in Africa for centuries, according to author Robert Neuwirth. He shares fas...Show More

Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan

13:55 | May 16th, 2018

"You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science," says Kirsty Duncan, Canada's first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that researchers must be free to present unc...Show More

The problem with all-stars | WorkLife with Adam Grant

33:14 | May 15th, 2018

The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins the team to talk about why stars are overrated and role players are underrated -- and how humility can...Show More

The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam

7:07 | May 15th, 2018

Local humanitarians are beacons of light in the darkness of war, says humanitarian aid entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rola Hallam. She's working to help responders on the ground in devastated communities like Syria, where the destruction of health care ...Show More

A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth

15:53 | May 14th, 2018

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on lif...Show More

The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski

15:16 | May 11th, 2018

Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there's a disconnect between physical response and the experience of pleasure and desire. Talking ab...Show More

What it's like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs

13:44 | May 10th, 2018

LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday lif...Show More

Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel

11:00 | May 9th, 2018

Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.

A playful solution to the housing crisis | Sarah Murray

10:41 | May 8th, 2018

Frustrated by her lack of self-determination in the housing market, Sarah Murray created a computer game that allows home buyers to design a house and have it delivered to them in modular components that can be assembled on-site. Learn how her effort...Show More

How Baltimore called a ceasefire | Erricka Bridgeford

11:27 | May 8th, 2018

In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood -- what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the murders and violence in her hometown of Baltimore. So she helped organize the Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassr...Show More

What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo

12:22 | May 7th, 2018

Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world st...Show More

How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

15:05 | May 4th, 2018

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worke...Show More

Why you don't like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger

12:42 | May 3rd, 2018

Your voice is indistinguishable from how other people see you, but your relationship with it is far from obvious. Rébecca Kleinberger studies how we use and understand our voices and the voices of others. She explains why you may not like the sound o...Show More

To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas

8:34 | May 3rd, 2018

What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology -- and how a deep...Show More

It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn

6:13 | May 2nd, 2018

To make accountability the norm after gender violence in the United States, we need to change tactics, says victims' rights attorney and TED Fellow Laura L. Dunn. Instead of going institution by institution, fighting for reform, we need to go to the ...Show More

How a male contraceptive pill could work | John Amory

6:23 | May 1st, 2018

Andrologist John Amory is developing innovative male contraception that gives men a new option for taking responsibility to prevent unintended pregnancy. He details the science in development -- and why the world needs a male pill.

Why tech needs the humanities | Eric Berridge

11:12 | May 1st, 2018

If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences, says entrepreneur Eric Berridge. He shares why tech companies should look beyond STEM graduates for new hires -- and how people w...Show More

Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker

18:32 | Apr 30th, 2018

Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 3...Show More

How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron

10:52 | Apr 27th, 2018

Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People" -- but he's found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he's developed an unex...Show More

What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry

10:46 | Apr 26th, 2018

Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn't get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking he knew it all about being a s...Show More

How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly

11:30 | Apr 26th, 2018

When lawyer Sarah Donnelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to her friends and family for support -- but she also found meaning, focus and stability in her work. In a personal talk about why and how she stayed on the job, she shares her i...Show More

A woman's fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross

10:35 | Apr 25th, 2018

The global collection of women's experiences can no longer be ignored, says actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross. In a candid, fearless talk, she delivers invitations to a better future to both men and women.

Visions of Africa's future, from African filmmakers | Dayo Ogunyemi

11:45 | Apr 24th, 2018

By expanding boundaries, exploring possibilities and conveying truth, films have helped change Africa's reality (even before "Black Panther"). Dayo Ogunyemi invites us to imagine Africa's future through the lens of inspiring filmmakers from across th...Show More

War and what comes after | Clemantine Wamariya

12:43 | Apr 24th, 2018

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan Civil War forced her and her sister to flee their home in Kigali, leaving their parents and everything they knew behind. In this deeply personal talk, she tells the story of how she became a refu...Show More

SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell

21:30 | Apr 23rd, 2018

What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and th...Show More

A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers

15:46 | Apr 20th, 2018

Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Amer...Show More

Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood

11:22 | Apr 19th, 2018

We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and th...Show More

The "dead zone" of the Gulf of Mexico | Nancy Rabalais

12:02 | Apr 18th, 2018

Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico -- where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, ...Show More

The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall

16:31 | Apr 18th, 2018

Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm...Show More

A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer

10:15 | Apr 17th, 2018

Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the ener...Show More

What's missing in the global debate over refugees | Yasin Kakande

4:27 | Apr 16th, 2018

In the ongoing debate over refugees, we hear from everyone -- from politicians who pledge border controls to citizens who fear they'll lose their jobs -- everyone, that is, except migrants themselves. Why are they coming? Journalist and TED Fellow Ya...Show More

What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg

14:24 | Apr 13th, 2018

On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real hu...Show More

How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier

14:54 | Apr 12th, 2018

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge -- but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal de...Show More

How the arts help homeless youth heal and build | Malika Whitley

6:28 | Apr 11th, 2018

Malika Whitley is the founder of ChopArt, an organization for homeless teens focused on mentorship, dignity and opportunity through the arts. In this moving, personal talk, she shares her story of homelessness and finding her voice through arts -- an...Show More

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

14:12 | Apr 11th, 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal comm...Show More

How a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria | José Andrés

21:53 | Apr 10th, 2018

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, chef José Andrés traveled to the devastated island with a simple idea: to feed the hungry. Millions of meals served later, Andrés shares the remarkable story of creating the world's biggest restaurant --...Show More

The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska

11:03 | Apr 9th, 2018

Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history -- while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska c...Show More

How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua

12:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

In this talk-performance hybrid, drummer, percussionist and TED Fellow Kasiva Mutua shares how she's breaking the taboo against female drummers in Kenya -- and her mission to teach the significance and importance of the drum to young boys, women and ...Show More

Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth? | Danny Hillis

6:51 | Apr 5th, 2018

In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.

To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent

10:34 | Apr 4th, 2018

There's no such thing as throwing something away, says Andrew Dent -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way ...Show More

My $500 house in Detroit -- and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it | Drew Philp

13:43 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn't just learn how to repair a house -- he lea...Show More

Math can help uncover cancer's secrets | Irina Kareva

7:39 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal of developing new drugs that target tumors. "The power and beauty of mathematical modeling lies in the...Show More

How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions | Raphael Arar

11:20 | Apr 2nd, 2018

How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation -- all working towards the goal ...Show More

Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet | Judith Heumann

17:10 | Mar 30th, 2018

Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, in...Show More

Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe

10:19 | Mar 29th, 2018

As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe share...Show More

The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli

13:12 | Mar 29th, 2018

Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God -- and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open min...Show More

My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | Christian Picciolini

20:18 | Mar 28th, 2018

At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist -- and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous ...Show More

Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available? | Erica Stone

9:44 | Mar 28th, 2018

In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholar...Show More

How fungi recognize (and infect) plants | Mennat El Ghalid

4:36 | Mar 27th, 2018

Each year, the world loses enough food to feed half a billion people to fungi, the most destructive pathogens of plants. Mycologist and TED Fellow Mennat El Ghalid explains how a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular signals fungi use to...Show More

How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma

11:53 | Mar 27th, 2018

As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it -- and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to pla...Show More

What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? | Matthias Müllenbeck

10:40 | Mar 26th, 2018

What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and ...Show More

How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha

18:08 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our atte...Show More

The human stories behind mass incarceration | Eve Abrams

13:39 | Mar 22nd, 2018

The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- pred...Show More

Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known | Vittorio Loreto

16:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of w...Show More

For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn't over | Soka Moses

14:08 | Mar 21st, 2018

In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia's Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines ...Show More

A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein

5:53 | Mar 20th, 2018

We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (an...Show More

What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them? | Liz Ogbu

15:01 | Mar 20th, 2018

Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrificat...Show More

How I use art to bridge misunderstanding | Adong Judith

5:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work -- including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims...Show More

Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski

11:20 | Mar 19th, 2018

Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes -- a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, an...Show More

What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn

17:46 | Mar 16th, 2018

We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she sh...Show More

Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek

6:41 | Mar 15th, 2018

The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with gran...Show More

The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson

17:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North a...Show More

3 myths about the future of work (and why they're not true) | Daniel Susskind

15:47 | Mar 14th, 2018

"Will machines replace humans?" This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute w...Show More

How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby

7:27 | Mar 13th, 2018

According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren't proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well? In a talk that will make you reth...Show More

What a world without prisons could look like | Deanna Van Buren

15:19 | Mar 13th, 2018

Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together ...Show More

What would happen if you didn't sleep? | Claudia Aguirre

4:34 | Mar 12th, 2018

In the United States, it's estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn't just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your ...Show More

Tales of passion | Isabel Allende

18:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews

14:23 | Mar 9th, 2018

A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she's paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a...Show More

To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro

14:29 | Mar 8th, 2018

As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro works to support women and their ideas so they can expand and grow. She introduces us to the Maragoli concept of "isirika" -- a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility to care...Show More

The wonderful world of life in a drop of water | Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman

11:06 | Mar 7th, 2018

"Hold your breath," says inventor Tom Zimmerman. "This is the world without plankton." These tiny organisms produce two-thirds of our planet's oxygen -- without them, life as we know it wouldn't exist. In this talk and tech demo, Zimmerman and cell e...Show More

How shocking events can spark positive change | Naomi Klein

15:35 | Mar 7th, 2018

Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping c...Show More

How fashion helps us express who we are -- and what we stand for | Kaustav Dey

12:33 | Mar 6th, 2018

No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City -- but when Nobel laureate Malala wears them, it's a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest. In a talk about the power...Show More

What soccer can teach us about freedom | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

5:41 | Mar 5th, 2018

"Soccer is the only thing on this planet that we can all agree to do together," says theater maker and TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through his performances and an engagement initiative called "Moving and Passing," Joseph combines music, dance and...Show More

How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat

13:10 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Want to connect with a depressed friend but not sure how to relate to them? Comedian and storyteller Bill Bernat has a few suggestions. Learn some dos and don'ts for talking to people living with depression -- and handle your next conversation with g...Show More

How we became sisters | Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy

12:45 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Poets Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy perform excerpts from their play "Other Women," which is created and directed by Monica L. Williams. In a captivating journey, they weave together stories full of laughter, loyalty, tragedy and heartbreak, recal...Show More

To learn is to be free | Shameem Akhtar

12:35 | Mar 1st, 2018

Shameem Akhtar posed as a boy during her early childhood in Pakistan so she could enjoy the privileges Pakistani girls are rarely afforded: to play outside and attend school. In an eye-opening, personal talk, Akhtar recounts how the opportunity to ge...Show More

How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet | Dustin Schroeder

11:11 | Mar 1st, 2018

Antarctica is a vast and dynamic place, but radar technologies -- from World War II-era film to state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors -- are enabling scientists to observe and understand changes beneath the continent's ice in unprecedented detail. Jo...Show More

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

13:02 | Feb 28th, 2018

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your b...Show More

Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang

9:42 | Feb 27th, 2018

How do we find fulfillment in a world that's constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he's n...Show More

The role of human emotions in science and research | Ilona Stengel

10:41 | Feb 26th, 2018

Do human emotions have a role to play in science and research? Material researcher Ilona Stengel suggests that instead of opposing each other, emotions and logic complement and reinforce each other. She shares a case study on how properly using emoti...Show More

You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe

8:37 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Driving in Johannesburg one day, Tapiwa Chiwewe noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert -- so he did some research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all dea...Show More

Refugees want empowerment, not handouts | Robert Hakiza

6:45 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The prevailing image of where refugees live is of temporary camps in isolated areas -- but in reality, nearly 60 percent of them worldwide end up in urban areas. TED Fellow Robert Hakiza takes us inside the lives of urban refugees -- and shows us how...Show More

How to have a healthier, positive relationship to sex | Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi

11:37 | Feb 22nd, 2018

From our fear of women's bodies to our sheepishness around the word "nipple," our ideas about sex need an upgrade, say sex educators (and hilarious women) Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi. For a radical new take on sex positivity, the duo t...Show More

A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes | Nilay Kulkarni

7:45 | Feb 21st, 2018

Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world's largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins. With massive crowds descending on small cities and towns, stampedes inevitably ha...Show More

How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson

17:34 | Feb 21st, 2018

If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy -- the ability to read, recast and resolve ...Show More

Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen

6:30 | Feb 20th, 2018

Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human ...Show More

How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell

9:56 | Feb 20th, 2018

As a research scientist at Google, Margaret Mitchell helps develop computers that can communicate about what they see and understand. She tells a cautionary tale about the gaps, blind spots and biases we subconsciously encode into AI -- and asks us t...Show More

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet | Tanya Menon

14:06 | Feb 16th, 2018

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes -- an...Show More

Fashion that celebrates African strength and spirit | Walé Oyéjidé

4:54 | Feb 15th, 2018

"To be African is to be inspired by culture and to be filled with undying hope for the future," says designer and TED Fellow Walé Oyéjidé. With his label Ikiré Jones (you'll see their work in Marvel's "Black Panther"), he uses classic design to showc...Show More

3 creative ways to fix fashion's waste problem | Amit Kalra

9:47 | Feb 15th, 2018

What happens to the clothes we don't buy? You might think that last season's coats, trousers and turtlenecks end up being put to use, but most of it (nearly 13 million tons each year in the United States alone) ends up in landfills. Fashion has a was...Show More

Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda

12:24 | Feb 14th, 2018

Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a b...Show More

The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl

11:41 | Feb 13th, 2018

The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about femal...Show More

The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà

14:07 | Feb 13th, 2018

What is it about unfairness? Whether it's not being invited to a friend's wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can't think straight. And it's not just a personal issue -- it's also...Show More

How protest is redefining democracy around the world | Zachariah Mampilly

10:15 | Feb 8th, 2018

The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient -- but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating talk, political scientist Zachariah Mampilly gives us a primer on the cur...Show More