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'4/11/2024 2:42:19 PM'

Why you should disappoint your parents | Desiree Akhavan

When filmmaker Desiree Akhavan told her Iranian immigrant parents she was in love with a woman, she knew they would object. She explains why it's worth the risk to let people get to know the real you.

'4/10/2024 2:43:46 PM'

Can cannabis help you sleep? Here's the science | Jen Walsh

Can cannabis actually treat insomnia? It's complicated, says sleep physiologist Jen Walsh. While the plant has been used across time and cultures, there's been little scientific research on how it impacts sleep disorders like insomnia. That's prec...

'4/9/2024 2:50:31 PM'

A new national park to reclaim Indigenous land | Tracie Revis

In a part of the United States with more than 17,000 years of human history, cultural preservation advocate Tracie Revis is working to turn the Ocmulgee Mounds into Georgia's first national park and preserve. This park would be co-managed by the M...

'4/9/2024 2:40:55 PM'

Ideas change everything — and what's next for TED | Chris Anderson and Monique Ruff-Bell

TED is on a mission to discover and champion the ideas that will shape tomorrow. Reflecting on the evolution of that mission, TED's Chris Anderson and Monique Ruff-Bell cast a visionary gaze on the organization's future — including a revamped tagl...

'4/8/2024 2:56:44 PM'

Can AI catch criminals at sea? | Dyhia Belhabib

Can AI help catch oceanic outlaws? From drug smugglers to modern-day pirates, maritime crime fighter Dyhia Belhabib introduces Heva: an AI-powered tool that aggregates international criminal records to detect and stop crime that might otherwise ge...

'4/5/2024 2:55:03 PM'

Music, movement and poetry | Tunde Olaniran

Joined onstage by four dancers, multidisciplinary artist Tunde Olaniran smolders through a set of songs powered by experimental electronic beats.

'4/4/2024 2:45:24 PM'

A futuristic vision for Latin America, rooted in ancient design | Catalina Lotero

What would Latin America look like if colonization hadn't interrupted its ancient civilizations? Imagining a future where ancestral knowledge intertwines with modern aesthetics, designer Catalina Lotero shows how "pre-Columbian futurism" draws ins...

'4/3/2024 2:55:09 PM'

How to spot a cult | Sarah Edmondson

Nobody joins a cult on purpose, says Sarah Edmondson, a former member of the infamous Nxivm cult and one of the three whistleblowers that led to its downfall. She explains how she got ensnared in this highly manipulative group — and then escaped i...

'4/2/2024 2:52:25 PM'

Want to succeed in business? Find a problem to solve | Anthony Tan and Amane Dannouni

Anthony Tan — the CEO of Grab, Southeast Asia's leading super-app — talks about launching a business that not only turns a profit but also helps people and the environment. In conversation with digital strategist Amane Dannouni, Tan discusses the ...

'4/2/2024 2:50:04 PM'

What happens to sex in midlife? A look at the "bedroom gap" | Maria Sophocles

Menopause isn't just hot flashes, says gynecologist and sexual medicine specialist Maria Sophocles. It's often accompanied by overlooked symptoms like painful sex or loss of libido. Shedding light on what she calls the "bedroom gap," or the differ...

'4/1/2024 3:09:44 PM'

A comedian's take on how to save democracy | Jordan Klepper

Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

'3/29/2024 2:45:34 PM'

The human cost of coal mining in China | Xiaojun "Tom" Wang

Xiaojun "Tom" Wang grew up in the Chinese province of Shanxi, the world's largest coal producer. Each year, more than a billion tons of coal are dug out of Shanxi's mountains, and the impacts are devastating — from massive landslides to damaged cu...

'3/28/2024 2:56:10 PM'

How to live with economic doomsaying | Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

Economic crises can and do happen. But for every true crisis, there are many false alarms, says economist Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak. He explains how to live with the media's pervasive economic doomsaying, why we should stop treating financial forec...

'3/27/2024 2:47:16 PM'

Your invitation to help build a sustainable future | Jim Snabe

"If we want to avoid a climate disaster, we need much more radical leadership," says Jim Snabe, who knows a thing or two about leadership as chairman of the world's largest maritime shipping company. In a stirring talk, he encourages companies to ...

'3/27/2024 2:46:24 PM'

Let your garden grow wild | Rebecca McMackin

Many gardeners work hard to maintain clean, tidy environments ... which is the exact opposite of what wildlife wants, says ecological horticulturist Rebecca McMackin. She shows the beauty of letting your garden run wild, surveying the success she'...

'3/26/2024 2:52:09 PM'

Why don't we have better robots yet? | Ken Goldberg

Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, roboticist Ken Goldberg sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build mor...

'3/25/2024 2:50:14 PM'

3 steps to better connect with your fellow humans | Amber Cabral

How can you effectively support people at work and in your community, especially when they're different from you? Inclusion strategist Amber Cabral shares three steps you can take to build connection — emphasizing that even small, everyday actions...

'3/22/2024 2:53:19 PM'

How business leaders can renew democracy | Daniella Ballou-Aares

How much should business leaders speak out about threats to democracy? It's a question many corporations are wrestling with these days. Business and democracy leader Daniella Ballou-Aares shows why companies have both the ability and the responsib...

'3/21/2024 2:35:44 PM'

How to choose clothes for longevity, not the landfill | Diarra Bousso

Buying cheap clothing online can be satisfying, but it comes with not-so-hidden environmental costs. When designer Diarra Bousso was growing up in Senegal, her family bought and created new outfits for longevity rather than on impulse — an intenti...

'3/20/2024 2:44:48 PM'

AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers | Madison Mohns

As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leade...

'3/19/2024 3:02:13 PM'

5 lessons on happiness — from pop fame to poisonous snakes | Mike Posner

Singer-songwriter Mike Posner took a break from his music to take a walk — a very long walk, across the entire United States. He shares five lessons he learned from his epic, eventful trek (snakes might be involved) and how it helped him find the ...

'3/18/2024 2:41:43 PM'

Dear fellow refugees, here's how I found resilience | Chantale Zuzi Leader

Chantale Zuzi Leader is one of the millions of displaced people around the world. In a deeply moving talk, she reflects on losing her family, home and sense of safety — only to break through and ultimately find community and hope. It's an astoundi...

'3/15/2024 2:36:02 PM'

The miracle of organ donation — and a breakthrough for the future | Abbas Ardehali

Organ transplants save lives, but they come with challenges: every minute a healthy donated organ is on ice increases risk. And even if things go perfectly, rejection of the organ is still possible. Cardiothoracic surgeon Abbas Ardehali introduces...

'3/14/2024 2:50:19 PM'

Meet mini-grids — the clean energy solution bringing power to millions | Tombo Banda

Hundreds of millions of people lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, relying on highly polluting diesel and firewood for power and light. Working to brighten the future in her home country of Malawi and beyond, energy access innovator ...

'3/13/2024 2:58:26 PM'

How a sanctuary for self-expression can change lives | Reed J. Williams and Lindsay Morris

After bringing her son to a summer camp for gender-nonconforming children, photographer Lindsay Morris launched a project to share the campers' stories with the world. One of them, Reed J. Williams, is now a powerful advocate for transgender youth...

'3/12/2024 2:45:40 PM'

A path to social safety for migrant workers | Ashif Shaikh

Hundreds of millions of migrant workers travel within their countries to seek out means of survival — often leaving behind all they know for months or even years. Many face poverty and exploitation, and they need a robust social safety net to prot...

'3/11/2024 2:33:44 PM'

3 mysteries of the universe — and a new force that might explain them | Alex Keshavarzi

We're still in the dark about what 95 percent of our universe is made of — and the standard model for understanding particle physics has hit a limit. What's the next step forward? Particle physicist Alex Keshavarzi digs into the first results of t...

'3/8/2024 3:46:18 PM'

Why are women still taken less seriously than men? | Mary Ann Sieghart

Women are routinely underestimated, overlooked, interrupted, talked over or mistaken for someone more junior at the workplace. Author Mary Ann Sieghart calls this the "authority gap" — all the ways women are (still) taken less seriously than men, ...

'3/7/2024 3:48:06 PM'

The unsung heroes fighting malnutrition | Shruthi Baskaran-Makanju

The pastoralists in Africa sustainably produce meat and milk to help feed the continent. But their way of life — and work — is under threat. Food systems advocate Shruthi Baskaran-Makanju explains how best to preserve these vital communities and w...

'3/6/2024 4:06:08 PM'

How to lead with radical candor | Kim Scott

"How can you say what you mean without being mean?" asks CEO coach and author Kim Scott. Delving into the delicate balance between caring and challenging when leading in the workplace, she introduces "radical candor" as the way to give constructiv...

'3/6/2024 3:54:34 PM'

How to find creativity and purpose in the face of adversity | Suleika Jaouad

How can you find strength during life's most difficult moments? Author Suleika Jaouad's experience detailed in the documentary "American Symphony," an intimate portrait of her life as she grapples with illness, is a testament to finding a pathway ...

'3/5/2024 3:53:31 PM'

How to bridge political divides — from two friends on opposing sides | Samar Ali and Clint Brewer

On paper, law professor Samar Ali and public affairs strategist Clint Brewer seem to come from very different — and perhaps opposing — backgrounds. But their friendship shows why political polarization in the US isn't as intractable as we might th...

'3/4/2024 3:42:54 PM'

How business can improve the world, not just the bottom line | Esha Chhabra

"Sustainability has become more marketing than action," says environmental business journalist Esha Chhabra. Challenging conventional business models solely focused on profit, she shares how regenerative companies that embed purpose into every fac...

'3/1/2024 3:57:08 PM'

How AI and democracy can fix each other | Divya Siddarth

We don't have to sacrifice our freedom for the sake of technological progress, says social technologist Divya Siddarth. She shares how a group of people helped retrain one of the world's most powerful AI models on a constitution they wrote — and o...

'3/1/2024 3:54:42 PM'

The drumline meets the danceline | Mahogany-N-Motion

Mahogany-N-Motion, a student-run women's dance group from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, delivers a drumline-infused performance that brings the crowd to its feet.

'2/29/2024 3:44:34 PM'

The billion-dollar problem in education | Tanishia Lavette Williams

Standardized testing is deeply woven into the fabric of US education, but does it foster genuine learning? Educator Tanishia Lavette Williams sheds light on the racial biases, financial costs and limited effectiveness of this kind of testing — cal...

'2/29/2024 3:39:30 PM'

A meditation on Rumi and the power of poetry | Leili Anvar

In an ode to the Persian language, author Leili Anvar unfurls the work of 13th-century mystic poet Rumi and reflects on how poetry gives meaning to our lives.

'2/28/2024 3:47:45 PM'

What's the point of digital fashion? | Karinna Grant

What if you could own more clothes without crowding your closet or growing your carbon footprint? Introducing the dematerialized future of your wardrobe, digital fashion entrepreneur Karinna Grant talks about the brands selling pixelated clothes v...

'2/27/2024 3:48:41 PM'

How poop turns into forests | Ludmila Rattis

Did you know the world's largest tropical forest is partly formed by seeds emerging from poop? Ecologist Ludmila Rattis reveals the surprisingly fruitful benefits of letting nature take care of its own business, sharing how the digestive habits of...

'2/26/2024 3:47:23 PM'

How clicking a single link can cost millions | Ryan Pullen

Is cybercrime getting easier? Cybersecurity expert Ryan Pullen dives into his work investigating massive digital breaches and testing security blindspots — which led to him gaining access to the software controls of a well-known building in London...

'2/23/2024 3:58:57 PM'

The 5 tenets of turning pain into power | Christine Schuler Deschryver

A supportive community is the key to cultivating resilience and unlocking healing. Sharing the story of a transformative recovery program for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, human rights activist Christine Sch...

'2/23/2024 3:10:14 PM'

TED is 40 — here's how it all started | Chris Anderson and Richard Saul Wurman

To celebrate TED's 40th anniversary, Head of TED Chris Anderson and TED's founder Richard Saul Wurman reflect on the conference's transformative journey — from its inception as a daring experiment blending technology, entertainment and design to i...

'2/22/2024 3:47:29 PM'

Can nanoparticles help fight hunger? | Christy L. Haynes

A game-changing solution to the global food crisis could come from something so tiny you can't see it with the naked eye. Nanomaterials chemist Christy Haynes describes her team's work designing nanoparticles that could protect plants from disease...

'2/21/2024 3:52:42 PM'

Is climate change slowing down the ocean? | Susan Lozier

Ocean waters are constantly on the move, traveling far distances in complex currents that regulate Earth's climate and weather patterns. How might climate change impact this critical system? Oceanographer Susan Lozier dives into the data, which su...

'2/20/2024 3:52:02 PM'

How to design for dignity during times of war | Slava Balbek

What happens when architecture meets empathy? Through the challenges of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, architect and humanitarian Slava Balbek, who volunteers part-time on the front lines, highlights the importance of designing for dignity when ...

'2/16/2024 3:45:40 PM'

The Herds, a vast act of theater to spark climate action | Amir Nizar Zuabi

Theater has the power to transform the most pressing issues of our time from news stories into human stories, says director and playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi. Recounting his work on the journey of Little Amal — a 13-foot puppet symbolizing the refug...

'2/16/2024 3:30:16 PM'

What the world can learn from Ukraine's fight for democracy | Olesya Khromeychuk

"A flourishing democracy next door is a scary thing for an autocrat," says Ukrainian historian Olesya Khromeychuk. Detailing the history of Ukraine's long struggle for sovereignty and freedom — against Russian tsars, communist dictators and now th...

'2/15/2024 3:48:57 PM'

When you inform women, you transform lives | Paige Alexander

Access to information is the key to unlocking human rights for all, says equality champion Paige Alexander. From educating female entrepreneurs on how to launch life-sustaining businesses to murals, billboards and other creative ways of sharing vi...

'2/14/2024 3:12:01 PM'

An Israeli and a Palestinian talk peace, dignity and safety | Ali Abu Awwad and Ami Dar

Israel and Palestine have grappled with enduring territorial disputes and complex geopolitical tensions across generations. In this profound TED Membership conversation, Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad and Israeli founder of Idealist.org ...

'2/13/2024 4:02:23 PM'

How sci-fi informs our climate future — and what to do next | Zainab Usman

Science fiction authors have warned us for decades: division among global leaders can quickly create dystopia. Political economist Zainab Usman thinks present-day power struggles may seriously hinder the world's ability to fight climate change, wi...

'2/12/2024 3:37:29 PM'

Life's an obstacle course — here's how to navigate it | Maryam Banikarim

"Instead of seeing life's challenges as obstacles, I see them as an obstacle course — a fascinating array of tests that I'm curious to see if I can pass," says community builder Maryam Banikarim. Telling the story of her experience emigrating from...

'2/9/2024 3:45:15 PM'

"Atalanta" | The Merian Ensemble

Chamber music group The Merian Ensemble delight with an evocative, transporting performance of Nicole Chamberlain's "Atalanta" for flute, oboe, bass clarinet, harp and viola.

'2/8/2024 3:54:35 PM'

The climate solutions worth funding — now | Jonathan Foley

When it comes to climate solutions, "now is better than new, and time is more important than tech," says scientist Jonathan Foley. He presents a six-part framework to more efficiently address climate change, from better aligning capital with carbo...

'2/7/2024 3:45:37 PM'

6 tips on being a successful entrepreneur | John Mullins

Sometimes, you need to break the rules to innovate — but which ones? Entrepreneurship professor John Mullins shares six counter-conventional mindsets for entrepreneurs looking to think strategically, navigate challenges and change the world.

'2/6/2024 3:41:49 PM'

What makes someone vote against their political party? | Sarah Longwell

Our brains are hardwired to crave community and belonging — a tribal instinct that drives politics in the United States, says political strategist Sarah Longwell. She shares what she learned trying to convince people to vote against their politica...

'2/5/2024 4:00:39 PM'

Wild, intricate sculptures — made out of my hair | Laetitia Ky

Artist Laetitia Ky has a unique medium: using the hair on her head (and some wire), she creates incredible sculptures of objects, animals, people and more, promoting messages of bodily autonomy and self-acceptance. She shares how she came to creat...

'2/2/2024 3:50:09 PM'

How babies think about danger | Shari Liu

Are babies oblivious to danger? It's not that simple, says cognitive scientist Shari Liu. Sharing surprising insights (and plenty of baby videos) from studies of early human development, Liu highlights the unexpected ways babies perceive and respo...

'2/1/2024 3:39:08 PM'

Lessons from the past on adapting to climate change | Laprisha Berry Daniels

Laprisha Berry Daniels' grandparents left the Southern United States and migrated north to Detroit in the 1950s — a move that could be considered a big "climate change." Now, as a public health social worker, Berry Daniels mines the survival strat...

'1/31/2024 3:55:43 PM'

Leadership in the age of AI | Paul Hudson and Lindsay Levin

Leaders can't be afraid to disrupt the status quo, says pharmaceutical CEO Paul Hudson. In conversation with TED's Lindsay Levin, he shares how AI eliminates "unglamorous work" and speeds up operations while collaborations across competitors can d...

'1/30/2024 3:44:46 PM'

A reframing of masculinity, rooted in empathy | Gary Barker

Urging us to turn away from voices perpetuating harmful stereotypes, gender equality advocate Gary Barker shares three insights on fostering a culture of care, compassion and connection among men. "We are the most wired-to-care species on the plan...

'1/29/2024 4:02:34 PM'

What if a simple blood test could detect cancer? | Hani Goodarzi

Catching cancer at its earliest stages saves lives. But in a body made up of trillions of cells, how do you spot a small group of rogue cancer cells? Biomedical researcher Hani Goodarzi discusses his lab's discovery of a new class of RNAs that, wh...

'1/26/2024 10:23:07 PM'

"Universe" / "Statues" / "Liberation" | Buzz

Electro-pop artist Buzz unfurls an enchanting, genre-bending performance of three original songs.

'1/25/2024 4:06:20 PM'

Can a simple brick be the next great battery? | John O'Donnell

The world relies on manufacturing, and manufacturing relies on heat — a massive contributor to global carbon emissions, responsible for a quarter of the world's fossil fuel use. Energy entrepreneur John O'Donnell has figured out a better, cleaner ...

'1/24/2024 3:55:49 PM'

Advice for leaders on creating a culture of belonging | Melonie D. Parker

Google's chief diversity officer Melonie D. Parker joins journalist and host of the "TED Tech" podcast Sherrell Dorsey for a conversation on fostering belonging and opportunity in the workplace. Learn more about how companies can sustainably promo...

'1/23/2024 3:45:34 PM'

Your creative superpowers can help protect democracy | Sofia Ongele

"Democracy is more fun and inviting when you take it into your own hands," says creator and activist Sofia Ongele. Sharing how she's using coding and social media to defend democracy, Ongele invites us to identify our own creative superpowers — wh...

'1/22/2024 3:55:39 PM'

Do gut microbes control your personality? | Kathleen McAuliffe

Biologist Kathleen McAuliffe dives into new research that suggests certain bacteria in your gut can influence major parts of who you are, from your personality to life-changing neurological disorders. Learn more about how this emerging science cou...

'1/19/2024 3:55:59 PM'

How film changes the way we see the world | Ava DuVernay

"People told me this was an unadaptable book, so the only logical thing to do was to try to adapt it," says writer, producer and filmmaker Ava DuVernay of her work taking the award-winning title "Caste" from page to screen. In conversation with Pa...

'1/18/2024 3:59:12 PM'

Fight for justice — even if you don't live to see it | Golriz Lucina

Storyteller Golriz Lucina recounts how the historic sacrifice of Iranian 19th-century poet and mystic Táhirih planted the seeds for the "Woman, Life, Freedom" protests today, offering an inspiring lesson in the value of acting with conviction — ev...

'1/17/2024 3:48:21 PM'

What if advertising was honest? | Sylvester Chauke

After years of brand building, marketing veteran Sylvester Chauke realized that his industry had sold the world on overconsumption, with devastating consequences. He shares how marketers could instead promote sustainability with "honest ads" that ...

'1/16/2024 3:55:47 PM'

The beauty of wildlife — and an artistic call to protect it | Isabella Kirkland

"I think of my paintings as alarm clocks," says artist Isabella Kirkland. "They're reminders of what's at stake; the only problem is we keep pushing the snooze button." Investigating humanity's relationship to nature, she shares work that takes a ...

'1/16/2024 3:52:55 PM'

Let curiosity lead | Yara Shahidi

Don't second-guess what "distracts" you, says actor-producer Yara Shahidi; that's your curiosity coming through. The star of hit shows like "black-ish" and "grown-ish" tells how she learned to spot clues to her own future — and how you can, too.

'1/12/2024 4:00:06 PM'

Could AI give you X-ray vision? | Tara Boroushaki

What if a robot could find and deliver your lost phone? AI researcher Tara Boroushaki presents how she's using wireless signals and sensors to create AI-powered goggles with "X-ray vision," creating a dynamic new tool with applications from improv...

'1/11/2024 3:59:19 PM'

What happens when we deny people abortions? | Diana Greene Foster

How does getting an abortion — or not — influence a woman's life? Demographer Diana Greene Foster puts forward the results of The Turnaway Study, her landmark work following nearly 1,000 women through abortion or childbirth, presenting definitive ...

'1/10/2024 3:42:52 PM'

How to build democracy — in an authoritarian country | Tessza Udvarhelyi

"Today, Hungary is in the gray zone between a dictatorship and a democracy," says activist Tessza Udvarhelyi. "This did not happen overnight." In a rousing talk, she reminds us just how close any country can come to authoritarianism — and offers o...

'1/9/2024 8:50:03 PM'

The US vs. itself — and other top global risks in 2024 | Ian Bremmer

2024 will be a dangerous year for the world, says Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media. Forecasting the top geopolitical risks set to play out in the months to come, he untangles what's in store for the war in Ukrain...

'1/9/2024 5:36:54 PM'

It's time for infectious generosity. Here's how | Chris Anderson

What would happen to humanity if generosity went viral? Sharing transformative stories from around the world, head of TED Chris Anderson outlines why the time has come for the internet to realize its power to supercharge small acts of kindness, ch...

'1/8/2024 3:53:49 PM'

Is alternative meat the recipe for a healthier planet? | Tao Zhang

A Chinese saying goes, "There's no pleasure in eating without meat." And the data backs that up: every year, China consumes 26 percent of the world's meat and 45 percent of its seafood — numbers that could grow alongside rising incomes. Impact inv...

'1/5/2024 3:59:25 PM'

Enough red tape — we need to say yes to clean energy | Rich Powell

Climate innovation leader Rich Powell dives into the bureaucracy, bottlenecks and not-in-my-backyard attitude preventing the US from achieving its green energy goals, warning that we need about 10,000 new clean energy projects to be built in the U...

'1/5/2024 3:54:34 PM'

Don't be a jerk to your barista — and other thoughts on frontline work | Adriann Negreros

All jobs, especially those held by frontline workers, should have dignity and the ability to turn into great careers, says change management expert Adriann Negreros. From shift flexibility to ending work on time, he outlines what he calls the "han...

'1/4/2024 3:51:31 PM'

The vital data you flush down the toilet | Newsha Ghaeli

"Everybody pees and poops — and we know that urine and stool contain a rich source of information on our health," says data detective Newsha Ghaeli. Exploring the growing field of wastewater epidemiology, she shows how studying sewage can (anonymo...

'1/3/2024 3:57:58 PM'

What's your leadership language? | Rosita Najmi

In a globe-trotting career that has spanned corporations, governments, nonprofits and philanthropy, Rosita Najmi has often found herself translating among them. Instead of focusing on leadership style, she makes the case for becoming fluent in the...

'1/2/2024 3:56:10 PM'

Life is hard. Art helps | Liana Finck

Cartoonist Liana Finck's drawings hold our hands through life's predicaments, big and small: dating, breakups, what to make for dinner, how to leave a party without being rude, how to think about our relationship with God. In a funny, moving talk,...

'12/21/2023 3:44:32 PM'

Why businesses need a dreamer's magic and a doer's realism | Beth Viner

At work, the dreamers often get credit for the big ideas, but they can also sometimes seem untethered to reality to the doers, who are trying to ... get things done. It's when these two types of humans work in harmony that business magic happens, ...

'12/20/2023 3:59:12 PM'

When AI can fake reality, who can you trust? | Sam Gregory

We're fast approaching a world where widespread, hyper-realistic deepfakes lead us to dismiss reality, says technologist and human rights advocate Sam Gregory. What happens to democracy when we can't trust what we see? Learn three key steps to pro...

'12/19/2023 3:45:48 PM'

My mission to change the narrative of mental health | Glenn Close

Legendary actor and mental health advocate Glenn Close is on a quest to change how we think about mental health, starting with her decision to speak out about her own family's struggles — a brave choice considering the stigma that pervades the top...

'12/18/2023 3:57:14 PM'

Why you should embrace mediocrity | Crispin Thurlow

From "elite" pickles to "premium" baby diapers, marketers are constantly telling us to seek superiority — but "by the simple law of averages, most of us have to live a life more ordinary," says sociolinguist Crispin Thurlow. He invites us to embra...

'12/15/2023 7:49:23 PM'

Why AI will spark exponential economic growth | Cathie Wood

Investor Cathie Wood explores this unique moment in technology, which she sees as being marked by the simultaneous evolution of five pivotal innovation platforms — a scenario unparalleled in history. Exploring the role of AI in reshaping economic ...

'12/15/2023 3:41:37 PM'

"Hey Look Ma, I Made It" / "Believer" | Detroit Youth Choir

Detroit Youth Choir rocks the house with a performance of "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" by Panic! At The Disco and "Believer" by Imagine Dragons, putting their vocals (and dance moves) on full display.

'12/15/2023 3:35:33 PM'

How to build a global pro-democracy movement | Yordanos Eyoel

"Democracy is the most compelling vision we have for self-governance," says freedom advocate Yordanos Eyoel. Taking a stand against predatory and opportunist authoritarian forces, she shares how to reimagine, accelerate and protect the pro-democra...

'12/14/2023 3:59:14 PM'

What happens as we die? | Kathryn Mannix

Have we lost the practical wisdom of what happens as people die? With lessons from a career witnessing thousands of people's final breaths, palliative care expert Kathryn Mannix urges us to demystify the experience of death, sharing how a better u...

'12/14/2023 3:56:17 PM'

How acts of kindness sparked a global movement | Asha Curran

"We underestimate the power of our own generous actions," says Asha Curran, CEO of the global generosity movement GivingTuesday. Sharing stories of people making a difference through simple acts of kindness, she shows how generosity, even in its s...

'12/13/2023 3:57:46 PM'

Time is running out on climate change. The metaverse could help | Cedrik Neike

The metaverse could be our key to making real progress in the fight against climate change, says engineer Cedrik Neike. Examining how AI-powered modeling eliminates the trial and error of wasteful industries, he explores how this emerging technolo...

'12/11/2023 3:45:25 PM'

Life lessons from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 | Benjamin Zander

Legendary conductor Benjamin Zander explains his view on the difference between "positive thinking" and "possibility" (one's a fraud; the other's the real thing, he says) and intersperses delightful stories from a lifetime in music with a sing-alo...

'12/11/2023 2:19:21 PM'

TED Explores: A New Climate Vision | TED Countdown

The impacts of climate change are growing, but so are the world's attempts to stop them. Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi of the TED Radio Hour, this special TED documentary examines the rapid technological revolution underway — and the real possibility...

'12/8/2023 4:07:49 PM'

How stress drains your brain — and what to do about it | Nicole Byers

Do you ever feel extra forgetful? Stress could be the culprit. In a fascinating talk about how your memory works, neuropsychologist Nicole Byers shares the science behind how stress drains your brain's resources, making it harder to remember thing...

'12/8/2023 4:00:20 PM'

Why science needs to get behind natural medicine | Jeff Chen

Pharmaceutical companies often only patent drugs they can monetize, creating synthetic versions of remedies already available in nature. In this quick talk, physician and entrepreneur Jeff Chen offers a path to affordable, effective natural medici...

'12/8/2023 3:58:50 PM'

The unifying power of grace | Sean Goode

"Will you forgive me?" asks community leader Sean Goode. He proposes that the promise of forgiveness before wrongdoing — what he calls "unapologetic grace" — can empower people to share their truths and create space to bridge our differences.

'12/8/2023 3:55:13 PM'

How stem cells orchestrate healing — and how to speed it up | Kevin Stone

From synthetic embryos to lab-grown skin, we live in a brave new world of stem cell advances. So why can it still take years to recover from injury? Orthopedic surgeon Kevin Stone is working to accelerate the body's healing response so you could r...

'12/8/2023 3:19:06 PM'

The future of repairing the human body | Nina Tandon

As humans live longer than ever before, we need our implants to last as long as we do, says bioengineer Nina Tandon. Using stem cells and digital fabrication, she's working on growing anatomically precise spare parts for the human body, replacing ...

'12/8/2023 3:15:45 PM'

True love — and the myth of "happily ever after" | Francesca Hogi

"The fairytale industrial complex has been lying to you," says love coach and podcast host Francesca Hogi. Having spent years talking to thousands of people about their romantic hopes and dreams, she introduces a new possibility for our collective...

'12/7/2023 10:02:01 PM'

The transformative potential of AGI — and when it might arrive | Shane Legg and Chris Anderson

As the cofounder of Google DeepMind, Shane Legg is driving one of the greatest transformations in history: the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI). He envisions a system with human-like intelligence that would be exponentially sma...

'12/7/2023 7:17:11 PM'

AI's single point of failure | Rob Toews

"The world's most important advanced technology is nearly all produced in a single facility," says AI expert Rob Toews. He describes how one company in Taiwan, TSMC, manufactures nearly all the most advanced semiconductor chips — a crucial technol...

'12/7/2023 3:59:24 PM'

Can AI catch what doctors miss? | Eric Topol

AI could propel the biggest transformation in the history of medicine, says physician-scientist Eric Topol. He explains how sophisticated AI models can interpret medical images as well or better than human experts can — and, beyond that, even pick...

'12/7/2023 3:57:22 PM'

What will happen to marketing in the age of AI? | Jessica Apotheker

Generative AI is poised to transform the workplace, but we still need human brains for new ideas, says marketing expert Jessica Apotheker. She explores how marketers can find their niche in the world of AI based on their preference for data or cre...

'12/6/2023 3:55:27 PM'

How to find humor in life's absurdity | Maira Kalman

With levity and profound insight, artist Maira Kalman reflects on life, death, dinner parties, not knowing the right answers, the joys of eating a hot dog from a street vendor and more. This talk, interwoven with her delightful paintings, is itsel...

'12/5/2023 3:58:16 PM'

How to stop the next pandemic? Stop deforestation | Neil Vora

Clearing tropical forests isn't just dangerous to the natural world — it's also a threat to human health and wellbeing, says physician Neil Vora. Tracing how environmental devastation led to deadly epidemics like Ebola, he presents three ways defo...

'12/4/2023 4:04:00 PM'

Democracy works — we just need better leaders | Lindiwe Mazibuko

South Africa transitioned to democracy in the 1990s with a visionary constitution, but the promises of that constitution are largely unfulfilled to this day. Public leader Lindiwe Mazibuko explores how poor leadership failed to deliver a better li...

'12/1/2023 3:56:07 PM'

A playbook for financing climate solutions | Nili Gilbert and David Blood

Tackling climate change costs a lot of money — and the financial sector is key to getting that money flowing. In a wide-ranging conversation, sustainable investment leaders Nili Gilbert and David Blood discuss where progress is being made on clima...

'11/30/2023 3:57:11 PM'

How to harness abundant, clean energy for 10 billion people | Julio Friedmann

We can produce abundant, sustainable and cheap energy — for everyone, says physicist Julio Friedmann. He explores the infrastructure, innovation and investment needed to supply energy to 10 billion people, offering case studies from Chile's refurb...

'11/29/2023 3:50:30 PM'

Can we hack photosynthesis to feed the world? | Steve Long

Photosynthesis is one of the most important processes on the planet, helping produce the food we eat and the air we breathe. Crop scientist Steve Long thinks it could be more efficient — and he's intent on giving it a boost. He shows how hacking p...

'11/28/2023 3:45:11 PM'

Life on the frontlines of war reporting | Jane Ferguson

Covering global war stories can be hard and thankless — but it's critical work if the rest of us are to understand what's really going on in the world. For nearly two decades, journalist Jane Ferguson has reported on hostilities across Africa and ...

'11/27/2023 3:58:10 PM'

The science behind how sickness shapes your mood | Keely Muscatell

Your immune system is more socially aware than you think, says social neuroscientist and psychology professor Keely Muscatell. Investigating the interconnectedness of your mood and your inflammatory system, she offers an evolutionary reason as to ...

'11/27/2023 3:51:20 PM'

The case for a new Great Migration in the US | Charles M. Blow

Social progress in the United States often seems to take two steps forward and one step back, with hard-fought civil rights wins countered by a seemingly inevitable backlash. In this spirited talk, writer Charles M. Blow makes the case that histor...

'11/22/2023 3:31:59 PM'

Why you shouldn't trust boredom | Kevin H. Gary

Are you actually bored, or is something else going on? Educator Kevin H. Gary shares three practical takeaways to deal with the doldrums, so you can take control of your attention, figure out which feelings to trust and name the real problem.

'11/21/2023 4:10:12 PM'

When Biden met Xi (and what's going on with the US and China) | Ian Bremmer

US President Joe Biden and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping recently met in San Francisco. It was the first time Xi had visited the US in six years — and the first time the two leaders had met in person in a year. Geopolitica...

'11/21/2023 4:05:06 PM'

A crash course in making political change | Katie Fahey

You don't need political power to make real change, says activist Katie Fahey. She tells the story of how she led a successful movement in Michigan to end gerrymandering — the practice of drawing district lines to favor one political party — and h...

'11/20/2023 10:43:52 PM'

The exciting, perilous journey toward AGI | Ilya Sutskever

Just weeks before the management shakeup at OpenAI rocked Silicon Valley and made international news, the company's cofounder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever explored the transformative potential of artificial general intelligence (AGI), highli...

'11/20/2023 3:54:44 PM'

Meet methane, the invisible climate villain | Marcelo Mena

A landfill on fire doesn't only emit a horrid stench — it has devastating consequences for the environment, too. The culprit is methane, an often underestimated greenhouse gas produced in large part by food systems, organic waste and yes, cow burp...

'11/17/2023 3:59:25 PM'

The secret perks of driving electric | Cynthia Williams

Electric vehicles need to be more than just eco-friendly — they have to be more chic, convenient and affordable than their gas-powered alternatives, says sustainability leader Cynthia Williams. She explores what it'll take for an electric revoluti...

'11/16/2023 3:48:36 PM'

Are you really as good at something as you think? | Robin Kramer

Does confidence equal competence? Not quite. In a talk that will make you better aware of yourself, experimental psychologist Robin Kramer delves into the Dunning-Kruger effect — which argues that those who are least capable often overestimate the...

'11/15/2023 3:58:09 PM'

The real gold of our economy is in our hands | Salvatore Cali

The vast majority of our time at work is spent trudging through redundant and outdated workflows, says operations visionary Salvatore Cali. Laying out the most common time-wasting pitfalls, he urges policy leaders and businesses to reevaluate what...

'11/14/2023 3:51:38 PM'

Why you should ditch deadly fossil-fuel appliances | Donnel Baird

In the US, people spend the overwhelming majority of their time inside buildings that burn fossil fuels, which are bad for both the environment and human health. (Think: breathing in air pollution from gas stoves, furnaces and water heaters.) If w...

'11/13/2023 3:51:03 PM'

An alternative to the "midlife crisis" | Chip Conley

Midlife doesn't have to be a scary time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. In this short yet profound talk, he takes inspiration from the natural world to reframe our 40s, 50s and 60s as a transitional stage that's full of grace and beauty — and urge...

'11/10/2023 3:53:09 PM'

The unexpected way spirituality connects to climate change | Gopal D. Patel

Environmental activist Gopal D. Patel thinks the climate movement could learn a lot from one of the longest-standing social initiatives in human history: religion. Exploring three areas where frameworks from faith traditions could benefit the clim...

'11/9/2023 3:56:46 PM'

It's time to rethink the role of First Lady | Irina Karamanos Adrian

Irina Karamanos Adrian didn't plan on becoming Chile's First Lady — but she set out to transform the role all the same. She shares how she's fighting gender stereotypes and protecting democracy by shifting political power back to where it belongs:...

'11/9/2023 3:44:12 PM'

Returning to school mid-career? Here's what you need to know | Candice Neveu

Are you thinking of returning to school? Educator Candice Neveu shares three challenges you might face continuing your education mid-career — and three mindset shifts to speed up your learning, improve your confidence and achieve the results you w...

'11/8/2023 3:52:52 PM'

The dark side of competition in AI | Liv Boeree

Competition is a core part of human nature, and it can drive us to extraordinary feats. But when it goes wrong, the results can be devastating. Poker champion and science communicator Liv Boeree introduces us to "Moloch's trap" — the dark force of...

'11/7/2023 4:00:19 PM'

Photographing nature beyond the limits of human perception | Doris Mitsch

Artist Doris Mitsch invites us to revel in the wonders of nature through her dazzling photography: stacked images of starlings in flight, hawks surfing thermal updrafts, bats echolocating through the night sky and more. Revealing the hidden trails...

'11/6/2023 4:00:11 PM'

Is technology our savior — or our slayer? | Ruha Benjamin

When it comes to technology, we're often presented with two contrasting visions of the future: one where technology fulfills all our desires, and another where it leads to chaos and conflict. Sociologist Ruha Benjamin is here with a more radical v...

'11/3/2023 2:37:37 PM'

Artificial skin? We made it — here's why | Anna Maria Coclite

Material scientist Anna Maria Coclite unveils "smart skin" — artificial skin technology that responds to touch, temperature and humidity like your very own. (It's actually even more sensitive than human skin!) From helping burn victims to paving t...

'11/2/2023 2:54:53 PM'

The powerful possibilities of recycling the world's batteries | Emma Nehrenheim

The world has plenty of clean energy. The problem is storing that energy and getting it where we need it, when we need it, says battery recycling pioneer Emma Nehrenheim. While batteries are fundamental to powering a sustainable future, their prod...

'11/1/2023 2:58:28 PM'

The power of unconventional thinking | David McWilliams

From World War I to the 2008 economic collapse and beyond, history shows that economists don't always see the future as clearly as they think they do, says economist David McWilliams. Using the words of W.B. Yeats, McWilliams makes the case for em...

'10/31/2023 2:46:53 PM'

AI is dangerous, but not for the reasons you think | Sasha Luccioni

AI won't kill us all — but that doesn't make it trustworthy. Instead of getting distracted by future existential risks, AI ethics researcher Sasha Luccioni thinks we need to focus on the technology's current negative impacts, like emitting carbon,...

'10/30/2023 2:38:42 PM'

How to keep AI under control | Max Tegmark

The current explosion of exciting commercial and open-source AI is likely to be followed, within a few years, by creepily superintelligent AI – which top researchers and experts fear could disempower or wipe out humanity. Scientist Max Tegmark des...

'10/27/2023 3:00:58 PM'

How to think computationally about AI, the universe and everything | Stephen Wolfram

Drawing on his decades-long mission to formulate the world in computational terms, Stephen Wolfram delivers a profound vision of computation and its role in the future of AI. Amid a debut of mesmerizing visuals depicting the underlying structure o...

'10/27/2023 1:57:04 PM'

My quest to end the horror of gun violence in the US | Lucy McBath

US Congresswoman Lucy McBath has made it her mission to seek bipartisan solutions for gun safety, leading the way in sponsoring so-called "red flag" laws that prevent gun violence and mass shootings. In a searing and timely talk, she shares the pe...

'10/26/2023 2:58:17 PM'

A simple way to inspire your team | David Burkus

Using paychecks, perks and carefully worded mission statements plastered on posters, companies are on a never-ending quest to find what drives morale at work. An underappreciated solution lies in the answer to one simple question, says management ...

'10/26/2023 2:37:17 PM'

How comedy helps us deal with hard truths | Roy Wood Jr.

There's a saying that comedy is tragedy plus time. Perhaps that's why some of our biggest problems feel easiest to manage with a dose of humor. Comedian, journalist and actor Roy Wood Jr. has spent his career finding the silly in the serious and u...

'10/25/2023 2:53:35 PM'

How to make learning as addictive as social media | Luis von Ahn

When technologist Luis von Ahn was building the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, he faced a big problem: Could an app designed to teach you something ever compete with addictive platforms like Instagram and TikTok? He explains how Duol...

'10/24/2023 3:04:15 PM'

Caregiving is real work — let's treat it that way | Sharmi Surianarain

Every day, people around the world spend 16 billion hours on unpaid care work — cooking for families, caring for children and older relatives and other routine household tasks — often in addition to other jobs. Employment advocate Sharmi Surianara...

'10/24/2023 2:53:33 PM'

A cleaner world could start in a rice field | Jim Whitaker and Jessica Whitaker Allen

Rice is the world's largest food source — and it's also a massive emitter of methane gas, a key contributor to climate change. Fifth-generation rice farmer Jim Whitaker and his daughter, farmer and conservationist Jessica Whitaker Allen, are worki...

'10/23/2023 2:58:29 PM'

The ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Ukraine | Oleksandra Matviichuk

How do we defend people's freedom and dignity against authoritarianism, when the "law of war" doesn't seem to apply anymore? In the face of the Russian occupation of Ukraine, human rights lawyer and Nobel laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk considers t...

'10/20/2023 2:47:22 PM'

Let's reframe cancel culture | Sarah Jones

Cancel culture launched a reckoning that was long overdue — but that doesn't mean it's getting everything right. Filmmaker and actor Sarah Jones slips in and out of various characters as she shares her personal experience with cancel culture and s...

'10/18/2023 2:54:37 PM'

The joy of learning random things on Wikipedia | Annie Rauwerda

Writer Annie Rauwerda makes a habit of getting lost among the seemingly endless digital archives of Wikipedia, discovering fake towns, promiscuous tortoises, 19th-century fangirls and so much more. An avid editor of the crowd-sourced platform, she...

'10/17/2023 2:55:36 PM'

Unions for climate action! | Payton M. Wilkins

In the long term, shutting down a coal mine means cleaner air and a healthier environment — but in the short term, it can devastate a community or family that relied on the mine's paychecks to make ends meet. Environmental justice advocate Payton ...

'10/17/2023 2:45:43 PM'

How rest can make you better at your job | Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Yes, you need to take breaks at work. Not only is resting good for your brain — it might even make you more creative. Here are consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang's four tips to help you step away and return to your job with more energy to get things...

'10/16/2023 2:58:36 PM'

What does "wealth" mean to you? | Aisha Nyandoro

For people living in poverty, a guaranteed income can mean finally having the space to dream of a comfortable life. Sharing the stories of single moms who participated in a first-of-its-kind program that offered them $1,000 per month with no strin...

'10/13/2023 2:51:00 PM'

Lessons from my father, Alexey Navalny | Dasha Navalnaya

Dasha Navalnaya is the daughter of Alexey Navalny, the politician and leader of the Russian opposition to Vladimir Putin. Sharing the story of her father's poisoning, persecution and current imprisonment, she details what it was like growing up un...

'10/13/2023 2:30:21 PM'

"Miles from Any Shoreline" | Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay shares "Miles from Any Shoreline," a poem about "wandering the streets of Bewilderville" and "picking up when the universe calls."

'10/12/2023 2:57:53 PM'

We actually have a shot at stopping the climate crisis | Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

How is the US going to reach net zero by 2050? That's the question Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, director of the Office of Science for the US Department of Energy, is urgently trying to answer. She shares the thinking behind what her team is calling "Ener...