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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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Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, asks for new grassroots stories and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia. A powerful talk from TEDGlobal 2011.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, 2011
TED Talks
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Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, books, children, creativity, TEDxSonomaCounty, 2014
TED Talks
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For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida's Everglades, the swamp isn't a hindrance — it's a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. "Just do it — put your feet in the water," he says. "The swamp will change you, I...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, activism, animals, nature, photography, TEDxUF, 2015
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, arts, collaboration, culture, entertainment, music, piano, violin,...
TED Talks
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"Music is so much more than sound simply traveling through the ear," says sign language interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego. In a spirited performance, musician and activist Madame Gandhi plays two songs — "Top Knot Turn Up" and "Bad Habits" — while Galloway-Gallego provides an animated sign language interpretation.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, performance, performance art, entertainment, live music, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
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Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q and A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, business, iraq, 2010
TED Talks
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Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, art, arts, dance, education, future, science, space, technology, 2002
TED Talks
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Many African countries are poor for a simple reason, says entrepreneur Magatte Wade: governments have created far too many obstacles to starting and running a business. In this passionate talk, Wade breaks down the challenges of doing business on the continent and offers some solutions of her own — while calling on leaders to do their part, too.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, entrepreneur, Africa, women in business, business, global issues, economics,...
TED Talks
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Textile artist Magda Sayeg transforms urban landscapes into her own playground by decorating everyday objects with colorful knit and crochet works. These warm, fuzzy "yarn bombs" started small, with stop sign poles and fire hydrants in Sayeg's hometown, but soon people found a connection to the craft and spread it across the world. "We all live in this fast-paced, digital world, but we still crave and desire something that's relatable," Sayeg says. "Hidden power can be...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDYouth, arts, beauty, creativity, entertainment, materials, street art,...
TED Talks
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Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, architecture, bacteria, biology, design, sustainability, water,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Singing in French and English, Mai Lan brings her cool charisma to the TED stage in a performance of her songs "Autopilote" and "Pumper."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, live music, performance art, performance, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, art, children, culture, design, entertainment, happiness, 2007
TED Talks
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The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidwest, TED, Talks, business, community, economics, green, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Featured, MacArthur grant, New York, activism, business, cities, environment,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, food, marketing, media,...
TED Talks
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Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, invention, war, 2011
TED Talks
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It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, history, storytelling, war, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, poetry, TED Talks Education, 2013
TED Talks
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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 — and her mission to provide a creative outlet for others who have been pushed to the margins of society.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, arts, creativity, humanity, personal growth, social change,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, global issues, politics, social change,...
TED Talks
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Your company might have donated money to help solve humanitarian problems, but you could have something even more useful to offer: your data. Mallory Soldner shows us how private sector companies can help make real progress on big problems — from the refugee crisis to world hunger — by donating untapped data and decision scientists. What might your company be able to contribute?
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, big problems, collaboration, communication, data, decision-making, humanity,...
TED Talks
by 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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There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Islam, cars, culture, global issues, women, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Len Catron. In this talk for anyone who's ever felt crazy in love, Catron proposes a new metaphor for love that may help us find more joy — and less suffering — in it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, collaboration, communication, compassion, depression, empathy,...
TED Talks
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Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDxChapmanU, 2015
TED Talks
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Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, communication, creativity, entertainment, personal...
TED Talks
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Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, health, physics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, disease, health care, innovation, invention, medicine, product...
TED Talks
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How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, data, design, visualizations, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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"For a long time, I lived for death," says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist groups claiming that violence and brutality are noble and virtuous: let go of anger and hatred, he says, and instead cultivate your heart to see goodness, beauty and truth in others.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Islam, Middle East, TEDx, activism, community, death, humanity, identity,...
TED Talks
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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 planner Mara Mintzer shares what happened when she and her team asked kids to help design a park in Boulder, Colorado — and how it revealed an important blind spot in how we construct the built environment. "If we aren't including...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, TEDx, youth, creativity, social change, urban planning, society,...
TED Talks
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As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world’s most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science -- and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, humor, science, technology, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
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"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 soccer to reveal accessible, joyful connections between the arts and sports. Learn more about how he's using the beautiful game to foster community and highlight issues facing immigrants.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, art, community, creativity, dance, education, identity,...
TED Talks
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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
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Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Marc Koska clues us in to this devastating global problem with facts, photos and hidden-camera footage. He shares his solution: a low-cost syringe that can't be used twice.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, development, education, health, medicine, science, technology,...
TED Talks
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"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, social media, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, art, history, performance, personal growth, 2008
TED Talks
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That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver packages. Join Raibert for a live demo of SpotMini, a nimble robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs — and could soon be helping you out around the house.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, demo, future, robots, technology, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, environment, food, health, insects, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, culture, open-source, technology, 2011
TED Talks
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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 bad for business, says Marco Alverà. He explains how his company works to create a culture of fairness — and how tapping into our innate sense of what's right and wrong makes for happier employees and better results.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, decision-making, leadership, motivation, work, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
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Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, technology, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013
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The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, illusion, magic, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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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
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Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, technology, 2011
TED Talks
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Marco Tempest uses charming stagecraft to demo EDI, the multi-purpose robot designed to work very closely with humans. Less a magic trick than an intricately choreographed performance, Tempest shows off the robot’s sensing technology, safety features and strength, and makes the case for a closer human-robot relationship. (Okay, there’s a little magic, too.)
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, robots, technology, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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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
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Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, illusion, magic, music,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, insects, science, TEDxWitsUniversity, 2012
TED Talks
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, beauty, math, physics, universe, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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In a war, it turns out that violence isn't the biggest killer of civilians. What is? Illness, hunger, poverty — because war destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks, food systems and hospitals. Physician Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery, setting priorities on what to fix first
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, community, disaster relief, ebola, global issues, health, health care,...
TED Talks
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Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, design, technology, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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The hyperlink is the LEGO block of the internet. Here's the bizarre history of how it came to be, as told by user experience master Margaret Gould Stewart.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, design, history, interface design, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
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Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, business, creativity, culture, entertainment, law, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, TEDxDanubia, 2013
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Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, life, work, TEDWomen 2015, 2015
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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 to consider what the technology we create today will mean for tomorrow. "All that we see now is a snapshot in the evolution of artificial intelligence," Mitchell says. "If we want AI to evolve in a way that helps humans, then we need...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, Google, algorithm, collaboration, communication, computers, innovation,...
TED Talks
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Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, math, oceans, science, visualizations, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
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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 Gazprom to Fiat, for anti-competitive practices. In an important talk about the state of the global business, she explains why markets need clear rules — and how even the most innovative companies can become a problem when they become too...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Europe, business, corruption, economics, global issues, government,...
TED Talks
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In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, innovation, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in 1973 — from the early influence of growing up in the segregated American South to her activism with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — and shares how growing older has only made her more radical.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, race, social change, leadership, law, justice system, history,...
TED Talks
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Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector -- the “real revolutionaries” -- innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state -- which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth -- is really one of our most exciting risk-takers and market-shapers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, government, innovation, investment, technology,...
TED Talks
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We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right — and sometimes they go very wrong. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interact to reach decisions by performing experiments with live crowds around the world. In this fun, fact-filled explainer, he shares some intriguing results — as well as some implications for how it might impact our political system. In a time when...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Debate, choice, collaboration, communication, community, data,...
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Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. "We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health," Sigman says, "based on objective, quantitative and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, communication, future, health, identity, language,...
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When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Human body, TEDx, communication, creativity, innovation, personal growth,...
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Marina Abramović's art pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. In her groundbreaking 2010 work, "The Artist Is Present," she simply sat in a chair facing her audience, for eight hours a day ... with powerfully moving results. Her boldest work may still be yet to come — it's taking the form of a sprawling art institute devoted to experimentation and simple acts done with mindful attention. "Nothing happens if...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, collaboration, communication, energy, fear, identity, performance art,...
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In this short, image-packed talk, Marisa Fick-Jordan talks about how a village of traditional Zulu wire weavers built a worldwide market for their dazzling work.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, art, business, design, short talk, 2007
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Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects. This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the “rules” of your own creative work. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, composing, music, TEDxStanford, 2012
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Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, community, compassion, culture, 2011
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In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, environment, food, green, sustainability, 2007
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Most politicians choose their words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few entertaining word-origin stories from British and American history (for instance, did you ever wonder how George Washington became "president"?) and draws a surprising conclusion. (From TEDxHousesofParliament in London)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, language, politics, TEDxHousesofParliament, 2012
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One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin. He shows how this tiny piece of silicon can overcome four major shortcomings of the modern needle and syringe, at a fraction of the cost.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, health, medicine, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, biology, communication, culture, evolution, language,...