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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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TED Talks
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Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, health care, medical research, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
Nov 30, 2012 TED.com
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People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking." His  charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, humor, product design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 9, 2012 TED.com
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Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, technology, TEDxWinnipeg, 2012
A Year At The Wheel
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Politics, Art, Religion, Revolution By Shane and Amy Bugbee This is the full length experimental film produced from the A Year At The Wheel Project by Shane and Amy Bugbee. It offers a compelling look of a large cross section of the American people from coast to coast during the year leading up to the 2008 election. The film features clips from Craig Newmark founder of Craigslist, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Minor Threat and founder of Dischord Records, revolutionary and poet John Sinclair,...
Topics: A Year At The Wheel, bugbees, shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, madmen, individuality, freedom,...
TED Talks
Oct 25, 2012 TED.com
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Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, climate change, design, invention, materials,...
TED Talks
Oct 15, 2012 TED.com
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The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, education, failure, productivity, success, technology,...
TED Talks
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, computers, creativity, design, humor, leadership,...
TED Talks
Oct 4, 2012 TED.com
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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, computers, education, open-source, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, collaboration, future, government, law, open-source, politics,...
TED Talks
Sep 23, 2012 TED.com
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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, technology, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 20, 2012 TED.com
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Your mobile phone, computer and game console have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action. (Filmed at TEDxExete
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, technology, war, TEDxExeter, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 19, 2012 TED.com
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When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, exploration, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 13, 2012 TED.com
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Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, cities, design, future, technology, tedx, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 8, 2012 TED.com
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Call it fuel without fossils: Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team's bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) and how it might power the future.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, alternative energy, business, energy, oceans, science,...
TED Talks
Aug 7, 2012 TED.com
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Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there's no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson's with 99 percent accuracy -- in a 30-second phone call.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, disease, global issues, innovation, math, medicine, science, technology,...
TED Talks
Jul 30, 2012 TED.com
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Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, global issues, journalism, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2012,...
TED Talks
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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it shows the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, invention, photography, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jul 24, 2012 TED.com
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What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code -- a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, technology, telecom, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in "technology crafts," through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, technology, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
Jul 21, 2012 TED.com
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Computer science began in the 30's ... the 1830's. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered "analytical engine" and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers. (Recorded at TEDxImperialCollege)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, computers, engineering, history, technology, tedx,...
TED Talks
Jul 20, 2012 TED.com
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Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, cyborg, design, entertainment, innovation, music, prosthetics, sound,...
TED Talks
Jul 19, 2012 TED.com
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Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their "auras" can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jul 14, 2012 TED.com
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Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, hack, security, technology, tedx, TEDxAustin,...
TED Talks
Jul 12, 2012 TED.com
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The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, biology, crime, future, global issues, law, open-source, security,...
TED Talks
Jul 11, 2012 TED.com
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Autonomous cars are coming -- and they’re going to drive better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cars, future, technology, TEDxStanford, 2012
TED Talks
Jul 4, 2012 TED.com
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You might have a 5-year plan, but what about a 200-year plan? Artist Raghava KK has set his eyes on an ultra-long-term horizon; at TEDxSummit, he shows how it helps guide today's choices and tomorrow's goals -- and encourages you to make your own 200-year plan too.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, entertainment, life, social media, storytelling,...
TED Talks
Jul 2, 2012 TED.com
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How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, innovation, magic, physics, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 28, 2012 TED.com
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The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, future, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 27, 2012 TED.com
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Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, open-source, robots, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 23, 2012 TED.com
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Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos NASAJPL's "Eyes on the Solar System" -- free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time. (Filmed at TEDxSanDiego.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, demo, exploration, science, software, space, technology, tedx,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called “the greatest geek who ever lived” -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, science, storytelling, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 14, 2012 TED.com
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In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, exploration, history, science, space, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 7, 2012 TED.com
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The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, mining, science, technology, water, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 2, 2012 TED.com
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SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, astronomy, life, science, technology, tedx, TEDxSanJoseCA, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 1, 2012 TED.com
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Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 17, 2012 TED.com
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There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brai
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, biotech, neuroscience, science, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 16, 2012 TED.com
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Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, design, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 11, 2012 TED.com
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Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, marketing, technology, web, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 3, 2012 TED.com
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As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 1, 2012 TED.com
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In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, politics, science, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio -- and all cities -- into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Prize, cities, technology, urban planning, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 12, 2012 TED.com
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Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer -- he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors' medical knowledge to design a better repair job.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, engineering, health, innovation, medicine, science, technology, TEDxKrakow,...
TED Talks
Apr 6, 2012 TED.com
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TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect -- she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 5, 2012 TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, health care, interface design, medical research, technology,...
TED Talks
Mar 30, 2012 TED.com
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Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity -- all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, entertainment, illusion, magic, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 29, 2012 TED.com
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Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, creativity, education, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 27, 2012 TED.com
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"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q and A with TED's Chris Anderson)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, flight, innovation, military, science, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 26, 2012 TED.com
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What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, invention, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 22, 2012 TED.com
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Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, energy, science, technology, youth, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 19, 2012 TED.com
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The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q and A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, culture, economics, energy, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 8, 2012 TED.com
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Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, activism, city, government, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 1, 2012 TED.com
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In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, robots, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Feb 29, 2012 TED.com
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Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, science, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Feb 29, 2012 TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Feb 25, 2012 TED.com
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Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, TEDxFeatured, computers, hack, security, technology,...
TED Talks
Feb 17, 2012 TED.com
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The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRC2, TED, Talks, disaster relief, global issues, social media, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Feb 15, 2012 TED.com
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You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? At TEDxMaastricht, Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMaastricht, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Feb 10, 2012 TED.com
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Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London Fall 2011, TED, Talks, creativity, culture, photography, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Feb 7, 2012 TED.com
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Pepper spray and tasers are in increasing use by both police and military, and more exotic non-lethal weapons such as heat rays are in the works. At TEDxCanberra, ethicist Stephen Coleman explores the unexpected consequences of their introduction and asks some challenging questions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCanberra, TED, Talks, corruption, culture, global issues, military, morality,...
TED Talks
Feb 3, 2012 TED.com
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From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1994, TED, Talks, future, science, technology, 1994
TED Talks
Feb 2, 2012 TED.com
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What if you're in surgery and the power goes out? No lights, no oxygen -- and your anesthesia stops flowing. It happens constantly in hospitals throughout the world, turning routine procedures into tragedies. Erica Frenkel demos one solution: the universal anesthesia machine.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidAtlantic, TED, Talks, design, global issues, health care, poverty, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Jan 31, 2012 TED.com
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Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, cancer, medical research, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Jan 23, 2012 TED.com
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2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London Spring 2011, TED, Talks, business, design, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Jan 18, 2012 TED.com
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What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2012, TED, Talks, business, creativity, media, politics, technology, 2012
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Jan 18, 2012 TED.com
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Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBrussels, TED, Talks, Internet, crime, data, politics, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Jan 16, 2012 TED.com
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After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, design, development, technology, water, 2011
A Year At The Wheel
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The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America By Shane and Amy Bugbee, 2012 This 534 page epic is the culmination of a year's travel and interviews with a rich variety of Americans - Every stop between the Christian right and the liberal left, with anarchists, nihilists, and beyond questioned in more than 40 interviews. The subjects covered in the interviews are Politics, Religion, Art and Revolution, including questions on voting and capitalism. This book is a true slice of life, and a deep...
Topics: shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, individuality, freedom, artistic expression, speech, the soul of...