Skip to main content

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?”

More right-solid
More right-solid
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Archived
Creator
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 212
favorite 0
comment 0
One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, entertainment, storytelling, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
movies
eye 253
favorite 0
comment 0
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, humor, math, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 343
favorite 0
comment 0
Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed -- that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, crime, economics, government, TEDxPortofSpain, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 138
favorite 0
comment 0
Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, architecture, design, open-source, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 370
favorite 0
comment 0
The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, policy, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 105
favorite 0
comment 0
What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, behavioral economics, energy, psychology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 434
favorite 0
comment 0
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, design, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 588
favorite 0
comment 0
“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, climate change, green, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 191
favorite 0
comment 0
Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together -- and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death -- to match the ones we have in life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, health care, life, TEDMED 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 1,991
favorite 1
comment 0
Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, entertainment, music, performance art, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 432
favorite 0
comment 0
Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would do: she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life -- with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, algorithm, culture, data, love, technology, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 337
favorite 0
comment 0
Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has broken dozens of stories of corruption and organized crime all over Ghana -- without ever revealing his identity. In this talk (in which his face remains hidden) Anas shows grisly footage from some of his investigations and demonstrates the importance of facing injustice.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, corruption, crime, global issues, journalism, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 252
favorite 0
comment 0
By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, food, global issues, science, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 93
favorite 0
comment 0
A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses electric autonomous flying machines to deliver medicine, food, goods and supplies wherever they are needed.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, drones, technology, transportation, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 253
favorite 0
comment 0
How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the PISA test, a global measurement that ranks countries against one another -- then uses that same data to help schools improve. Watch to find out where your country stacks up, and learn the single factor that makes some systems outperform others.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, education, global issues, inequality, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 309
favorite 0
comment 0
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. A dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 174
favorite 0
comment 0
In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of creative experimentation in fiction and storytelling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, literature, social media, storytelling, technology, writing,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 106
favorite 0
comment 0
Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, economics, robots, work, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 932
favorite 0
comment 0
"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression -- only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories....
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, depression, medicine, mental health, TEDxMet, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 657
favorite 0
comment 0
What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, TEDMED 2012, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 715
favorite 0
comment 0
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Buddhism, culture, happiness, health, productivity, success, work, TEDSalon...
TED Talks
movies
eye 3,244
favorite 2
comment 0
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, education, psychology, success, TED Talks Education, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 476
favorite 1
comment 0
At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there -- because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, dance, parenting, social change, women, youth, TEDxWomen...
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 1,406
favorite 0
comment 0
Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, crime, entertainment, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 837
favorite 0
comment 0
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, math, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 155
favorite 0
comment 0
Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, design, flight, industrial design, transportation, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 432
favorite 0
comment 0
Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that's a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, entertainment, music, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 138
favorite 0
comment 0
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 597
favorite 1
comment 0
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, nature, sound, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 1,089
favorite 1
comment 0
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, education, global issues, TED Talks Education, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 99
favorite 0
comment 0
Remember the days you struggled just to make a yo-yo spin, and if you were really fancy, to “walk the dog”? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life's passion, and gives an awesome performance that will make you want to pull your yo-yo back out of the closet.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, dance, entertainment, performance, toy, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 323
favorite 0
comment 0
The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, design, humor, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 250
favorite 0
comment 0
It’s an all too common story: after participating in an HIV clinical trial, a woman in sub-Saharan Africa is left without the resources to buy a bus ticket to her health clinic, let alone to afford life-saving antiretrovirals. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji asks an important question: how can researchers looking for a cure make sure they’re not taking advantage of those most affected by the pandemic? (Filmed at TEDxGoodenoughCollege.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, global issues, health care, medicine, TEDxGoodenoughCollege, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 284
favorite 0
comment 0
Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, global issues, inequality, poverty, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 238
favorite 0
comment 0
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, culture, nature, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 582
favorite 0
comment 0
Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, engineering, parenting, software, youth, TEDSalon NY2013,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 341
favorite 0
comment 0
There's a place in France where the robots do a dance. And that place is TEDxConcorde, where Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics choreographs a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots through a surprisingly emotive performance.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, robots, TEDGlobal 2005, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 726
favorite 1
comment 0
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, fashion, photography, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 147
favorite 0
comment 0
Photographer Camille Seaman has been chasing storms for 5 years. In this talk she shows stunning, surreal photos of the heavens in tumult.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, TED Fellows, arts, entertainment, nature, photography,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 286
favorite 0
comment 0
Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 290
favorite 0
comment 0
The are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, film, life, memory, video, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 91
favorite 0
comment 0
The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa's about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you may think.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, business, economics, global issues, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 227
favorite 0
comment 0
When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money -- to some surprisingly familiar faces.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, corruption, energy, global issues, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 153
favorite 0
comment 0
What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after -- and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone's life better, sighted or not.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, design, urban planning, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 281
favorite 0
comment 0
Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, inequality, money, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 432
favorite 0
comment 0
When two people are trying to make a deal -- whether they’re competing or cooperating -- what’s really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals just how little we’re able to predict what others are thinking. And he presents an unexpected study that shows chimpanzees might just be better at it than we are. (Filmed at TEDxCalTech.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, choice, economics, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 1,094
favorite 0
comment 0
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, parenting, student, youth, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 585
favorite 0
comment 0
When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, film, parenting, TEDxBeaconStreet, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 271
favorite 0
comment 0
The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, china, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 611
favorite 0
comment 0
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, leadership, productivity, work,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 553
favorite 0
comment 0
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, global issues, philanthropy, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 269
favorite 0
comment 0
Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! ... Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the real benefits of engaging in active disagreement. (Filmed at TEDxColbyCollege.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, language, philosophy, TEDxColbyCollege, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 399
favorite 0
comment 0
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, robots, technology, war, writing, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 336
favorite 0
comment 0
In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 326
favorite 0
comment 0
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, insects, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 278
favorite 0
comment 0
David Lang is a maker who taught himself to become an amateur oceanographer -- or, he taught a robot to be one for him. In a charming talk Lang, a TED Fellow, shows how he and a network of ocean lovers teamed up to build open-sourced, low-cost underwater explorers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, exploration, oceans, open-source, robots, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 745
favorite 0
comment 0
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 570
favorite 1
comment 0
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, faith, happiness, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 307
favorite 0
comment 0
For 28 years, Denise Herzing has spent five months each summer living with a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins, following three generations of family relationships and behaviors. It's clear they are communicating with one another -- but is it language? Could humans use it too? She shares a fascinating new experiment to test this idea.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, communication, language, oceans, science, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 295
favorite 0
comment 0
Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam Ockelford, explains his student’s unique relationship to music, while Paravicini shows how he has ripped up the "Chopsticks" rule book. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, disability, live music, music, TEDxWarwick, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 360
favorite 0
comment 0
In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, extreme sports, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 357
favorite 0
comment 0
The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, prediction, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 142
favorite 0
comment 0
Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, architecture, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 127
favorite 0
comment 0
Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, architecture, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 134
favorite 0
comment 0
It's been 110 years since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship slamming into the eye of the man on the moon. So how far have visual effects come since then? Working closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Don Levy takes us on a visual journey through special effects, from the fakery of early technology to the seamless marvels of modern filmmaking.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, arts, film, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 144
favorite 0
comment 0
Dong Woo Jang has an unusual after school hobby. Jang, who was 15 when he gave the talk, tells the story of how living in the concrete jungle of Seoul inspired him to build the perfect bow. Watch him demo one of his beautiful hand-crafted archer's bows.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Asia, TED Conference, culture, demo, invention, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 156
favorite 0
comment 0
Snow Dragon. Pure Imagination. Frozen Minotaur. These are the names Eddy Cartaya and his climbing partner Brent McGregor gave three glacier caves that they were the first to explore. As the Sandy Glacier slowly slides down Mount Hood in Oregon, the caves and tunnels inside it morph annually thanks to warm water from above and warm air from below. At TEDYouth, Cartaya takes us inside these magical spaces where the ice glows in bright blues and greens, and where artifacts rain from the ceiling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, exploration, TEDYouth 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 452
favorite 1
comment 0
Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, cities, community, global issues, government, politics, urban planning,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 674
favorite 1
comment 0
Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight -- and the teamwork -- that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, oceans, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 468
favorite 1
comment 0
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, mental health, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 246
favorite 0
comment 0
As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs -- many on foot -- ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, peace, TEDMED 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
movies
eye 1,145
favorite 2
comment 1
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, memory, psychology, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 326
favorite 0
comment 0
We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, community, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 396
favorite 0
comment 0
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, energy, entrepreneur, exploration, innovation, solar energy,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 163
favorite 0
comment 0
"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital... and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, design, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013