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Cultural & Academic Films

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

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TED Talks
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We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, anthropology, humanity, love, psychology, social media, society, technology,...
TED Talks
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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, Africa, business, development, economics, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, energy, invention, technology, TED2003, 2003
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, DNA, biology, curiosity, history, microbiology, science, technology, TED2002,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, bacteria, biology, communication, disease, evolution,...
TED Talks
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While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, communication, culture, global issues, politics, social change,...
TED Talks
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Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, education, medicine, presentation, science, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Designer John Maeda talks about his path from a Seattle tofu factory to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became president in 2008. Maeda, a tireless experimenter and a witty observer, explores the crucial moment when design met computers.
Topics: TEDTalks, Serious Play 2008, TED, Talks, arts, computers, curiosity, design, education, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, children, design, energy, technology, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. Speaking at TEDxKC, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spendi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, United States, advertising, business, economics, marketing, shopping, TEDxKC,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxUSC, computer graphics trailblazer Paul Debevec explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, computers, design, film, technology, visualizations, TEDxUSC, 2009
TED Talks
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Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating -- but not for the squeamish.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, health care, medicine, science, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, business, economics, robots, science, technology, tedbooks, TED2009,...
TED Talks
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Golan Levin, an artist and engineer, uses modern tools -- robotics, new software, cognitive research -- to make artworks that surprise and delight. Watch as sounds become shapes, bodies create paintings, and a curious eye looks back at the curious viewer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, design, poetry, software, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
by 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
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Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, economics, education, math, statistics, 2009
TED Talks
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, psychology, science, self,...
TED Talks
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Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED2009, aging, arts, business, entertainment, film, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
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In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Prize, design, energy, global issues, photography, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, design, invention, technology, TED2004, 2004
TED Talks
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Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, creativity, design, technology, 2009
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
by TED.com
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, evil, psychology, science, self, society, TED2009,...
TED Talks
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Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart diseas
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, health, health care, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
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For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, faith, history, philosophy, physics, religion, science, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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David Hanson's robot faces look and act like yours: They recognize and respond to emotion, and make expressions of their own. Here, an "emotional" live demo of the Einstein robot offers a peek at a future where robots truly mimic humans.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, engineering, entertainment, robots, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, china, culture, economics, future, global issues,...
TED Talks
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400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, environment, history, life, nature, sustainability, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, communication, culture, entertainment, social change, social media,...
TED Talks
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Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, global issues, photography, science, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, cognitive science, comedy, entertainment, humor, philosophy,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, children, evolution, genetics, science,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of "Ridiculous Fellows" from Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance from TEDxUSC features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare instrument specially programmed by Qi herself.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxUSC, TED, Talks, china, music, performance, piano, technology, 2009
TED Talks
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Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, biology, design, development, life, science,...
TED Talks
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Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades -- an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, economics, global issues, money, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, biomechanics, design, materials, robots, technology,...
TED Talks
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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
by TED.com
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Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, economics, entertainment, work, 2008
TED Talks
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Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just intelligence and law enforcement officials but criminal insiders.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, adventure, crime, economics, global issues, writing, 2009
TED Talks
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Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, business, design, technology, work, 2002
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, design, entertainment, exploration, extreme sports, flight,...
TED Talks
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JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements ... and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, art, math, science, technology, visualizations, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, environment, science, technology, 2009
TED Talks
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Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Internet, culture, law, technology, web, wikipedia, 2009
TED Talks
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Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, energy, environment, future, green, pollution, sustainability, technology,...
TED Talks
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Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, business, creativity, economics, happiness, life, psychology,...
TED Talks
by 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
by TED.com
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Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, health, statistics, technology, visualizations, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, astronomy, energy, exploration, physics, science, technology, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, activism, beauty, design, future, prosthetics, sports, technology,...
TED Talks
by 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
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At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, design, global issues, social change, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
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Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, disease, green, innovation, nature, product design, science,...
TED Talks
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TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Internet, government, politics, technology, web, 2009
TED Talks
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At his day job, Steve Truglia flips cars, walks through fire and falls out of buildings -- pushing technology to make stunts bigger, safer, more awesome. He talks us through his next stunt: the highest jump ever attempted, from the very edge of space.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, film, space, sports, technology, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, communication, disaster relief, global issues,...
TED Talks
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Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, morality, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, art, arts, dance, education, future, science, space, technology, 2002
TED Talks
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Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, demo, design, global issues, invention, technology, water,...
TED Talks
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At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on clean coal.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, biosphere, climate change, energy, environment,...
TED Talks
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As we reboot the world's economy, Geoff Mulgan poses a question: Instead of sending bailout money to doomed old industries, why not use stimulus funds to bootstrap some new, socially responsible companies -- and make the world a little bit better?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, education, health, social change, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, TED2009, art, business, children, computers, design, education,...
TED Talks
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As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, future, global issues, technology, third world,...
TED Talks
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We're at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today's interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic -- and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, collaboration, communication, economics, global issues,...
TED Talks
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Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, computers, consciousness, mind, neurology, philosophy, technology,...
TED Talks
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Kevin Surace suggests we rethink basic construction materials -- such as the familiar wallboard -- to reduce the huge carbon footprint generated by the manufacturing and construction of our buildings. He introduces EcoRock, a clean, recyclable and energy-efficient drywall created by his team at Serious Materials.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, business, demo, design, green, invention, technology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, engineering, entrepreneur, future, science, technology, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, alternative energy, business, cars, energy, global issues, green,...
TED Talks
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20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.
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Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?
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India's revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.
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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.
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At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
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