TED Talks

I enjoy watching TED talks. Here is a list of the talks I found most interesting and remarkable.

  • Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice
    Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
    9/26/2006 (duration: 0:19:37)
  • Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness
    What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
    11/1/2007 (duration: 0:20:54)
  • Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind
    Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides -- and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he's a scientist: "Once I do something, I want to do something else."
    3/26/2008 (duration: 0:17:57)
  • Brian Cox: An inside tour of the world's biggest supercollider
    "Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.
    4/29/2008 (duration: 0:14:59)
  • Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives
    Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
    9/17/2008 (duration: 0:18:42)
  • Dr. Dean Ornish: Healing and other natural wonders
    Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself.
    10/17/2008 (duration: 0:16:49)
  • Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness
    Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.
    12/16/2008 (duration: 0:33:38)
  • Rob Forbes: Ways of seeing
    Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns -- this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you.
    1/12/2009 (duration: 0:15:37)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius
    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.
    2/9/2009 (duration: 0:19:28)
  • Barry Schwartz: The real crisis? We stopped being wise
    Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
    2/16/2009 (duration: 0:20:45)
  • Aimee Mullins: How my legs give me super-powers
    Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
    3/11/2009 (duration: 0:09:58)
  • Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet and funny -- an evolutionary riddle
    Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
    3/16/2009 (duration: 0:07:45)
  • Dan Ariely: Why we think it's OK to cheat and steal (sometimes)
    Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
    3/17/2009 (duration: 0:16:23)
  • John Wooden: Coaching for people, not points
    With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
    3/26/2009 (duration: 0:17:36)
  • Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Three predictions on the future of Iran, and the math to back it up
    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.
    4/7/2009 (duration: 0:19:05)
  • Bonnie Bassler: Discovering bacteria's amazing communication system
    Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.
    4/8/2009 (duration: 0:18:14)
  • Matthew Childs: Matthew Childs' 9 life lessons from rock climbing
    In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.
    4/17/2009 (duration: 0:04:48)
  • Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm
    "Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
    5/20/2009 (duration: 0:16:43)
  • Joachim de Posada: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow yet
    In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.
    5/25/2009 (duration: 0:05:58)
  • Jay Walker: Jay Walker on the world's English mania
    Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands.
    5/27/2009 (duration: 0:04:34)
  • Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity
    Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.
    6/2/2009 (duration: 0:08:41)
  • Nancy Etcoff: Nancy Etcoff on the surprising science of happiness
    Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.
    6/10/2009 (duration: 0:19:45)
  • Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail
    Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.
    6/11/2009 (duration: 0:11:54)
  • Richard St. John: "Success is a continuous journey"
    In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.
    6/12/2009 (duration: 0:03:57)
  • Philip Zimbardo: Philip Zimbardo prescribes a healthy take on time
    Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
    6/22/2009 (duration: 0:06:34)
  • Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
    Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
    7/28/2009 (duration: 0:16:51)
  • Golan Levin: Golan Levin makes art that looks back at you
    Golan Levin, an artist and engineer, uses modern tools -- robotics, new software, cognitive research -- to make artworks that surprise and delight. Watch as sounds become shapes, bodies create paintings, and a curious eye looks back at the curious viewer.
    7/30/2009 (duration: 0:15:33)
  • Dan Pink: Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation
    Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
    8/24/2009 (duration: 0:18:36)
  • Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset
    Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
    8/26/2009 (duration: 0:19:57)
  • Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds
    Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.
    9/10/2009 (duration: 0:16:51)
  • Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities
    Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
    10/5/2009 (duration: 0:15:40)
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
    Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
    10/7/2009 (duration: 0:18:49)
  • Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man
    Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
    10/14/2009 (duration: 0:16:39)
  • Paul Debevec: Paul Debevec animates a photo-real digital face
    At TEDxUSC, computer graphics trailblazer Paul Debevec explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes.
    10/20/2009 (duration: 0:06:07)
  • Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors
    An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.
    10/21/2009 (duration: 0:20:52)
  • Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle
    The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.
    10/29/2009 (duration: 0:18:19)
  • Robert Thurman: Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion
    It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.
    10/31/2008 (duration: 0:18:07)
  • Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline
    In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.
    11/10/2009 (duration: 0:04:13)
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify
    Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
    11/19/2009 (duration: 0:18:26)
  • Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when
    Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.
    11/23/2009 (duration: 0:15:50)
  • Marc Pachter: The art of the interview
    Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.
    12/9/2009 (duration: 0:20:54)
  • Scott Kim: Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles
    At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.
    12/4/2009 (duration: 0:11:49)
  • Vilayanur Ramachandran: VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization
    Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
    1/4/2010 (duration: 0:07:43)
  • Anthony Atala: Anthony Atala on growing new organs
    Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs -- from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.
    1/21/2010 (duration: 0:17:52)
  • Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system
    The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law.
    2/21/2010 (duration: 0:18:21)
  • Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory
    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 implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
    3/1/2010 (duration: 0:20:06)
  • Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
    Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
    3/17/2010 (duration: 0:20:03)
  • Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team
    Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?
    4/22/2010 (duration: 0:06:51)
  • Roz Savage: Why I'm rowing across the Pacific
    Five years ago, Roz Savage quit her high-powered London job to become an ocean rower. She's crossed the Atlantic solo, and just started the third leg of a Pacific solo row, the first for a woman. Why does she do it? Hear her reasons, both deeply personal and urgently activist.
    4/28/2010 (duration: 0:18:35)
  • Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
    Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
    5/4/2010 (duration: 0:18:04)
  • William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?
    William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.
    5/17/2010 (duration: 0:20:02)
  • Ken Robinson: Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
    In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
    5/24/2010 (duration: 0:16:48)
  • Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers
    In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
    6/3/2010 (duration: 0:16:29)
  • Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff
    It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.
    6/9/2010 (duration: 0:12:37)
  • Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile
    When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
    6/21/2010 (duration: 0:17:39)
  • Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex
    At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
    7/14/2010 (duration: 0:16:26)
  • Sheena Iyengar: Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing
    Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
    7/26/2010 (duration: 0:24:08)
  • Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice
    Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
    8/17/2010 (duration: 0:18:22)
  • Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index
    Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
    8/30/2010 (duration: 0:16:49)
  • Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development
    Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.
    8/31/2010 (duration: 0:18:10)
  • Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself
    After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
    9/2/2010 (duration: 0:03:15)
  • Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts
    Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? At TEDxYYC, he offers a bold look forward.
    9/10/2010 (duration: 0:12:44)
  • Chris Anderson (TED): Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation
    TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...
    9/14/2010 (duration: 0:18:53)
  • Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics
    After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).
    9/16/2010 (duration: 0:17:54)
  • Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from
    People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.
    9/21/2010 (duration: 0:17:45)
  • Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome
    Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.
    9/28/2010 (duration: 0:19:26)
  • Gero Miesenboeck: Gero Miesenboeck reengineers a brain
    In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward -- manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light.
    11/3/2010 (duration: 0:17:34)
  • Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability
    Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
    12/23/2010 (duration: 0:20:19)
  • David Brooks: The social animal
    Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.
    3/14/2011 (duration: 0:18:44)
  • Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
    If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
    3/18/2011 (duration: 0:18:28)
  • Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead
    Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.
    4/5/2011 (duration: 0:15:38)
  • Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google
    Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects.
    4/5/2011 (duration: 0:14:08)
  • Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
    Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
    4/8/2011 (duration: 0:19:17)
  • David Christian: Big history
    Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
    4/11/2011 (duration: 0:17:40)
  • Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy
    Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
    4/12/2011 (duration: 0:07:05)
  • John Hunter: John Hunter on the World Peace Game
    John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.
    4/20/2011 (duration: 0:20:27)
  • Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"
    As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
    5/2/2011 (duration: 0:09:04)
  • Paul Nicklen: Tales of ice-bound wonderlands
    Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.
    5/9/2011 (duration: 0:17:55)
  • Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web
    Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that.
    5/12/2011 (duration: 0:05:35)
  • Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity
    Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.
    5/23/2011 (duration: 0:18:18)
  • Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel : What we learned from 5 million books
    Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.
    9/20/2011 (duration: 0:14:08)
  • Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch
    Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.
    9/26/2011 (duration: 0:18:32)
  • Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science
    Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.
    9/29/2011 (duration: 0:14:19)
  • Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?
    Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species, says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
    10/10/2011 (duration: 0:18:29)
  • Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar
    On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
    10/13/2011 (duration: 0:18:50)