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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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Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Nov 9, 2007
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A short comedy titled "Silicon Valley Story" (by Ted Nelson).  Starring Ted Nelson, Douglas Engelbart, Rick Mascitti, Stewart Brand, and Timothy Leary as the venture capitalist (note, Timothy Leary does not actually appear in this video.)
Topics: emerging technology, humor, silicon valley story, ted nelson, douglas engelbart, rick mascitti,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, business, culture, entertainment, politics, potential, psychology,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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"Puppets always have to try to be alive," says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena's subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, animals, arts, design, entertainment, theater, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, global issues, illness, medicine, science, technology, virus, 2006
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, climate change, design, entertainment, global issues, humor, media,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs -- from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, biology, health, medicine, science, technology, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, aging, biotech, disease, engineering, future, health care,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, future, global issues, politics, robots, technology, violence, war,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, business, education, global issues, innovation, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, design, food, global issues, invention, medicine, short talk,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Medical animator David Bolinsky presents 3 minutes of stunning animation that show the bustling life inside a cell.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, design, entertainment, film, health, medicine, science, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, arts, culture, dance, entertainment, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, design, storytelling, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, Africa, bottom-up, business, culture, development,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, humor, poetry, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, economics, fish, mission blue, oceans, science, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, God, faith, neurology, psychology, science, self, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, culture, demo, entertainment, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, collaboration, demo, microsoft, photography, short talk, software,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain -- to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, AI, brain, cognitive science, computers, intelligence, memory,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@MotorCity, TED, Talks, collaboration, computers, curiosity, design, hack, innovation,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, brain, culture, health care, illness, medicine, science, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, United States, art, children, collaboration, global issues, media,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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David Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting -- while keeping each person's vote secret.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, global issues, government, politics, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature's most elegant materials -- in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, biology, biomimicry, design, green, invention, life, medicine,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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At Serious Play 2008, Charles Elachi shares stories from NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Lab -- including tales and video from the Mars Rover project.
Topics: TEDTalks, Serious Play 2008, TED, Talks, design, exploration, physics, robots, science, space,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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At EG'08, Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, animals, art, birds, creativity, entertainment, exploration, film,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." From the 2007 DLD Conference, Munich; www.dld-conference.com
Topics: TEDTalks, DLD 2007, TED, Talks, architecture, green, partner talk, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, glacier, global issues, photography, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, design, technology, transportation, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, entertainment, film, global issues, philanthropy, social...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, culture, entertainment, illusion, self,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, education, illusion, media, science, technology, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxPSU, TED, Talks, culture, empathy, global issues, iraq, politics, society, war, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Africa, TED Prize, business, culture, economics, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world -- and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, disease, global issues, health, science, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, book, business, consumerism, creativity, shopping, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, culture, demo, global issues, health care, invention, peace,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, activism, collaboration, computers, culture, government, law, meme,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, art, creativity, design, illusion, 2003
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In this illuminating talk, Richard Pyle shows us thriving life on the cliffs of coral reefs and groundbreaking diving technologies he has pioneered to explore it. He and his team risk everything to reveal the secrets of undiscovered species.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, biodiversity, exploration, fish, oceans, science, technology, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, evolution, math, physics, science, universe, TED2008, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon 2006, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, culture, global issues, happiness, peace,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, animals, business, cooperation, culture, evolution, food, global...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, education, entertainment, magic, math, performance, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, culture, genetics, science, statistics, technology, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 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
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, art, design, education, happiness, humor, work, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, anthropology, beauty, culture, faith, global issues, photography,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Larry Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, creativity, entertainment, law, technology, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, animals, culture, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, education, poverty, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, evolution, medicine, philosophy, science, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Media and advertising companies still use the same old demographics to understand audiences, but they're becoming increasingly harder to track online, says media researcher Johanna Blakley. As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, advertising, culture, entertainment, media, social media, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, climate change, cosmos, culture, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, communication, community, cooperation,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine -- a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, cancer, design, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2006
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, choice, culture, evolution, happiness, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, animals, biology, children, comedy, evolution, food, humanity,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, blog, culture, feminism, history, women, writing, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema. Led here by Gustavo Dudamel, they play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Prize, TED2009, arts, children, culture, education, entertainment, music,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, astronomy, biology, cognitive science, cosmos, evolution,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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A TED archive gem. At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, arts, children, culture, design, entertainment, gaming, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED in the Field, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, happiness, philosophy, self, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Africa, creativity, energy, invention, poverty, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, brain, culture, faith, global issues, happiness,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Moon, NASA, adventure, energy, exploration, mining, space,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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We've known about global warming for 50 years and done little about it, says Google.org director Larry Brilliant. In spite of this and other depressing trends, he's optimistic and tells us why. From Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK, www.skollfoundation.org
Topics: TEDTalks, Skoll World Forum 2007, TED, Talks, climate change, culture, global issues, health,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In a wildly entertaining discussion with Richard Saul Wurman, architect Frank Gehry gives TEDsters his take on the power of failure, his recent buildings, and the all-important “Then what?” factor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, architecture, arts, business, creativity, culture, design,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, film, humor, storytelling, technology, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how "patient capital" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services -- and dignity -- to the world's poorest.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, business, development, global issues, investment,...