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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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Divisions along religious lines are deepening, and we're doubting more and more how much we have in common. How can we stand boldly and visibly together? Inspired by an idea from her collaborator Yazmany Arboleda, place-maker Nabila Alibhai and her colleagues created "Colour in Faith," a social practice art project that unites people of different religions by getting them to paint each other's houses of worship yellow, in a show of solidarity. "We've proven that the human family...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, art, community, faith, painting, religion, social change, society,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf's independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news -- and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country's women as equal partners in work and change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, journalism, politics, war,...
TED Talks
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Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why TED Fellow Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in all of New York City — because she believes in every child's brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, New York, children, community, compassion, education, future, identity,...
TED Talks
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Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, health care, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
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If you're undergoing surgery, you want the best surgical team to collaborate on your case, no matter where they are. Surgeon and entrepreneur Nadine Hachach-Haram is developing a new system that helps surgeons operate together and train one another on new techniques — from remote locations using low-cost augmented reality tools. Watch the system in action as she helps a surgeon in Minnesota perform a knee surgery, live on her laptop from the TED stage in New Orleans. As Hachach-Haram says:...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Surgery, augmented reality, collaboration, communication, computers, health,...
TED Talks
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Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time — when companies invest millions of dollars in new tech tools only to have frustrated employees disregard them, says Nadjia Yousif. In this fun and practical talk, she offers advice on how to better collaborate with the technologies in your workplace — by treating them like colleagues.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, technology, work, entrepreneur, potential, success, happiness,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States' rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth's — has particular, often comical challenges.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Mars, NASA, TEDx, United States, adventure, aircraft, collaboration,...
TED Talks
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In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Islam, art, culture, peace, third world, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds -- and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, animals, apes, biodiversity, biology, biosphere, children,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biosphere, crime, environment, nature, prison, social change, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, beauty, culture, happiness, 2004
TED Talks
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When 27-year-old Pete Frates injured his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS. Better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes paralysis and death—there is no cure. And still, Pete saw an opportunity to drive awareness about the disease. In a brave talk, his mom Nancy Frates tells the story of how the family developed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and took great pleasure in seeing everyone from Justin Timberlake to Bill Gates take...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, disease, family, health, philanthropy, TEDxBoston, 2014
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Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose "machinery." Another surprise: There's so much left to learn.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, neuroscience, visualizations, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, culture, global issues, health, youth, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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When a young woman texted DoSomething.org with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line to provide an outlet for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and power of text messaging to help people with issues such as addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. The data collected in the process is reshaping policy and preparing schools and law enforcement to...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, big problems, communication, data, pain, policy, society,...
TED Talks
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Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico — where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what's causing it — and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America's natural treasures.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biosphere, farming, food, life, marine biology, oceans, pollution, science,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, economics, global issues, politics, potential,...
TED Talks
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We all share one planet — we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons, making the case for a new kind of social contract with the earth.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biosphere, climate change, collaboration, community,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, economics, science, social change, 2010
TED Talks
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Things are pretty shocking out there right now — record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" — a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders,...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, big problems, climate change, collaboration, communication, future,...
TED Talks
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What we see in movies matters: it affects our hobbies, our career choices, our emotions and even our identities. Right now, we don't see enough women on screen or behind the camera — but waiting for Hollywood to grow a conscience isn't going to fix the problem, says Naomi McDougall Jones. Join forces with the actress and activist as she outlines her four-point plan for a total representation revolution in Hollywood.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, activism, business, creativity, culture, movies, social change,...
TED Talks
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Many of the world's biggest problems require asking questions of scientists -- but why should we believe what they say? Historian of science Naomi Oreskes thinks deeply about our relationship to belief and draws out three problems with common attitudes toward scientific inquiry -- and gives her own reasoning for why we ought to trust science.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, history, science, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
TED Talks
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Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.
Topics: TEDTalks, Business Innovation Factory, TED, Talks, art, arts, collaboration, design, engineering,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Violinist Natalie MacMaster and TED Musical Director Thomas Dolby play Dolby’s original song “Blue Is a River” in this ethereal duet -- with a little dancing.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, Featured, entertainment, history, music, performance, short talk,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, <em>Leave Your Sleep.</em> Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, literature, music, performance, poetry, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Our lives depend on a world we can't see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn't a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It's up to us to keep...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, communication, engineering, environment, exploration, rocket science,...
TED Talks
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Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can't carry you into its depths (yet) — but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can't see.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, astronomy, discovery, space, telescopes, universe, TEDxPerth, 2016
TED Talks
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Natasha Tsakos presents part of her one-woman, multimedia show, "Upwake." As the character Zero, she blends dream and reality with an inventive virtual world projected around her in 3D animation and electric sound.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, media, performance, performance art, storytelling, theater, TED2009,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, cities, politics, race, statistics, urban planning, 2009
TED Talks
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While we like to imagine little green men, it’s far more likely that life on other planets will be microbial. Planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol takes us inside the search for microbes on Mars, a hunt which counterintuitively leads us to the remote lakes of the Andes mountains. This extreme environment — with its thin atmosphere and scorched land — approximates the surface of Mars about 3.5 billion years ago. How microbes adapt to survive here may just show us where to look on Mars —...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Planets, exploration, microbiology, space, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, data, visualizations, 2011
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Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, entertainment, exploration, fish, humor, photography, TED2007, 2007
TED Talks
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Cookbook author (and geek) Nathan Myhrvold talks about his magisterial work, "Modernist Cuisine" -- and shares the secret of its cool photographic illustrations, which show cross-sections of food in the very act of being cooked.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, design, entertainment, food, photography,...
TED Talks
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Nathan Myhrvold and team's latest inventions -- as brilliant as they are bold -- remind us that the world needs wild creativity to tackle big problems like malaria. And just as that idea sinks in, he rolls out a live demo of a new, mosquito-zapping gizmo you have to see to believe.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, disease, innovation, insects, invention, poverty, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, adventure, biodiversity, biology, disease, exploration, global...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, exploration, microbiology, science, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, architecture, children, design, entertainment, film, south asia,...
TED Talks
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Natsai Audrey Chieza is a designer on a mission — to reduce pollution in the fashion industry while creating amazing new things to wear. In her lab, she noticed that the bacteria Streptomyces coelicolor makes a striking red-purple pigment, and now she's using it to develop bold, color-fast fabric dye that cuts down on water waste and chemical runoff, compared with traditional dyes. And she isn't alone in using synthetic biology to redefine our material future; think — "leather"...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, bacteria, biology, biotech, creativity, design, fashion, future, innovation,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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One-of-a-kind R and B group Naturally 7 beatboxes an orchestra's worth of instruments to groove through their smooth single, "Fly Baby."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, New York, entertainment, innovation, music, performance, singer, 2009
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Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, entrepreneur, innovation, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God — and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open mind and work with faith-based organizations, especially on issues like health care and education. "There's so much potential that can be realized when we walk across the divide of faith and, hand in hand, try to solve many of our problems,"...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, collaboration, community, education, faith, health care, religion,...
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TED Fellow Negin Farsad weaves comedy and social commentary to cleverly undercut stereotypes of her culture. In this uproarious talk/stand-up hybrid, Farsad speaks on her documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, narrates her fight with the MTA in New York and offers a detailed breakdown of the different types of haters she's encountered in her work. "Comedy is one of our best weapons," she says. "We've tried a lot of approaches to social justice, like war and competitive ice dancing...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, activism, comedy, community, entertainment, funny, identity,...
TED Talks
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TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, children, computers, design, education, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, capitalism, computers, data, economics, future, global...
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How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London Spring 2011, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, exploration,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, computers, culture, engineering, invention, materials, science,...
TED Talks
by 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
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A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, history, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxToronto 2010, TED, Talks, book, happiness, life, love, personal growth, psychology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, TED Prize, education, math, physics, science, technology, TED2008,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, genetics, live music, piano, science, short...
TED Talks
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The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, entertainment, humor, love, music, piano, short talk, women, 2008
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, entertainment, live music, music, piano, TED2008, 2008
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Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, biology, design, innovation, materials, microbiology, nature,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology "cancer alarm" that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes. In this forward-thinking talk, he shares his dream for how we might revolutionize cancer detection and, ultimately, save lives.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, cancer, disease, future, health, health care, humanity,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Filmmaker Newton Aduaka shows clips from his powerful, lyrical feature film "Ezra," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, arts, creativity, culture, entertainment, film,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, development, economics, entrepreneur, global issues,...
TED Talks
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African growth is a trend, not a fluke, says economist and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In this refreshingly candid and straightforward talk, Okonjo-Iweala describes the positive progress on the continent and outlines eight challenges African nations still need to address in order to create a better future.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, Natural resources, business, collaboration, economics, education,...
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We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, business, corruption, global issues, investment,...
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Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture -- call them the 6 killer apps -- that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, economics, global issues, happiness, statistics, tedbooks,...
TED Talks
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Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do our own thing, and more of us are going with the entrepreneurial spirit — even if it's on the side of a traditional job. Podcaster and marketer Nicaila Matthews Okome helps survey the scene.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work, work-life balance, money, business, TED2017, 2018
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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).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, humanity, medicine, meme, science, society, TED@Cannes, 2010
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We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, evolution, health, medicine, science, society, TED2010, 2010
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Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, children, design, education, entrepreneur,...
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Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, activism, computers, design, technology, 2007
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With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1984, TED, Talks, demo, design, education, entertainment, future, interface design,...
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MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, computers, future, innovation, intelligence, interface design, prediction,...
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Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, antidepressants, biotech, culture, death, future, global...
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Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, future, philosophy, technology, TED2015, 2015
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Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, inequality, social change, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating persistence-of-vision display that creates glowing 3D images. A short, cool tale of invention.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, entertainment, invention, technology, TED2007, 2007
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Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, nature, photography, science, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, complexity, TEDxZurich 2013, 2013
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Nicole Paris was raised to be a beatboxer — when she was young, her father, Ed Cage, used to beatbox her to sleep at night. Now the duo is known for their beatbox battles and jam sessions, which mix classic rap beats with electronic dance sounds. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hip-hop history lesson, and enjoy the show.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDYouth, art, entertainment, family, live music, music, performance,...