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TED Theme: What's Next in Tech

The contemplation and, often, introduction of new technology is integral to TED: you might say it's embedded in our genetic code. Computer scientist Jeff Han intends to reinvent computing by replacing traditional point-click user interfaces with dynami

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The real future of space exploration | Burt Rutan

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 00:11:00 +0000

In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.

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Simplicity sells | David Pogue

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 00:11:00 +0000

New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

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To invent is to give | Dean Kamen

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:11:00 +0000

Inventor Dean Kamen lays out his argument for the Segway and offers a peek into his next big ideas (portable energy and water purification for developing countries).

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How technology evolves | Kevin Kelly

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.

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The birth of the open-source learning revolution | Richard Baraniuk

Mon, 21 Aug 2006 00:11:00 +0000

In 2006, open-learning visionary Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions (now called OpenStax), an open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.

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The birth of Wikipedia | Jimmy Wales

Mon, 21 Aug 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

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The accelerating power of technology | Ray Kurzweil

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

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One Laptop per Child | Nicholas Negroponte

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."

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A philosophical quest for our biggest problems | Nick Bostrom

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:11:00 +0000

Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.

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Everyday inventions | Saul Griffith

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 00:11:00 +0000

Inventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.

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My wish: Three unusual medical inventions | Robert Fischell

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.

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The radical promise of the multi-touch interface | Jeff Han

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 00:11:00 +0000

Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.

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Technology's long tail | Chris Anderson

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 00:11:00 +0000

Chris Anderson, then the editor of Wired, explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous.

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The route to a sustainable future | Alex Steffen

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:11:00 +0000 founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

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The life code that will reshape the future | Juan Enriquez

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:11:00 +0000

Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.

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Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers | Dean Kamen

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 06:00:00 +0000

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.

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Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab | Neil Gershenfeld

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 00:11:00 +0000

MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.

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The electricity metaphor for the web's future | Jeff Bezos

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 23:43:00 +0000

The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But founder Jeff Bezos says it's more like the early days of the electric industry.

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Human-centered design | David Kelley

Tue, 15 May 2007 10:00:00 +0000

IDEO's David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.

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How brain science will change computing | Jeff Hawkins

Mon, 21 May 2007 15:08:00 +0000

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.

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Salvation (and profit) in greentech | John Doerr

Sun, 27 May 2007 11:54:00 +0000

"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

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How PhotoSynth can connect the world's images | Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Sun, 27 May 2007 00:37:00 +0000

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.

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Rethink the desktop with BumpTop | Anand Agarawala

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 12:01:00 +0000

Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

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Tour Microsoft's Virtual Earth | Stephen Lawler

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 09:36:00 +0000

Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

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New insights on poverty | Hans Rosling

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 09:12:00 +0000

Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

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I'm going to the moon. Who's with me? | Bill Stone

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 10:50:00 +0000

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.

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The potential of regenerative medicine | Alan Russell

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 10:45:00 +0000

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.

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Spore, birth of a game | Will Wright

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:22:00 +0000

In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

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Building "self-aware" robots | Hod Lipson

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 02:57:00 +0000

Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

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10 ways the world could end | Stephen Petranek

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 03:07:00 +0000

How might the human race end? Stephen Petranek lays out 10 terrible options and the science behind them. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?

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A flight on solar wings | Paul MacCready

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 01:23:00 +0000

Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.

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Playing with DNA that self-assembles | Paul Rothemund

Thu, 08 Nov 2007 01:14:00 +0000

Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

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The anthropology of mobile phones | Jan Chipchase

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:05:00 +0000

Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase's investigation into the ways we interact with technology has led him from the villages of Uganda to the insides of our pockets. He's made some unexpected discoveries along the way.

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Using biology to rethink the energy challenge | Juan Enriquez

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 01:00:00 +0000

Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

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The sticky wonder of gecko feet | Robert Full

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 01:45:00 +0000

Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.

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The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next) | Robin Chase

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 03:23:00 +0000

Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

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A preview of the WorldWide Telescope | Roy Gould

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:00:00 +0000

Educator Roy Gould and researcher Curtis Wong show a sneak preview of Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope, which compiles images from telescopes and satellites to build a comprehensive, interactive view of our universe.

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On the verge of creating synthetic life | Craig Venter

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 01:38:00 +0000

"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome. NOTE: This talk was given in 2008, and this field of science has developed quickly since then. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details.

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5 predictions, from 1984 | Nicholas Negroponte

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 01:26:00 +0000

With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project.

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Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks | Johnny Lee

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:05:00 +0000

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

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Inventing instruments that unlock new music | Dan Ellsey

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 03:25:00 +0000

Tod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms, from opera to video games. He and composer Dan Ellsey shed light on what's next.

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CERN's supercollider | Brian Cox

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 01:47:00 +0000

"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.

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The thinking behind 50x15 | Hector Ruiz

Thu, 01 May 2008 05:00:00 +0000

Hector Ruiz, the executive chair of AMD, wants to give Internet access to everyone. In this talk, he shares his extraordinary life story and describes AMD's 50x15 initiative that calls for connecting 50 percent of the world by 2015.

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A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows | Joshua Klein

Tue, 13 May 2008 07:27:00 +0000

Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human.

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A hospital tour in Nigeria | Seyi Oyesola

Tue, 27 May 2008 15:28:00 +0000

Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.

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Memes and "temes" | Susan Blackmore

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive

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Institutions vs. collaboration | Clay Shirky

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 06:30:00 +0000

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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The birth of the computer | George Dyson

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:58:00 +0000

Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.

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"Clonie" | Nellie McKay

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.

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One Laptop per Child, two years on | Nicholas Negroponte

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.

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Stephen Hawking's zero g flight | Peter Diamandis

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:52:00 +0000

X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.

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Let's look for life in the outer solar system | Freeman Dyson

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 06:37:00 +0000

Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.

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On technology and faith | Billy Graham

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

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The next 5,000 days of the web | Kevin Kelly

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:01:00 +0000

At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?

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A computer that works like the brain | Kwabena Boahen

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 05:28:00 +0000

Researcher Kwabena Boahen is looking for ways to mimic the brain's supercomputing powers in silicon -- because the messy, redundant processes inside our heads actually make for a small, light, superfast computer.

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Great piano performances, recreated | John Q. Walker

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.

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DNA folding, in detail | Paul Rothemund

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 01:00:00 +0000

In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.

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Our next giant leap | Peter Diamandis

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.

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The web is more than "better TV" | Peter Hirshberg

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 07:19:00 +0000

In this absorbing look at emerging media and tech history, Peter Hirshberg shares some crucial lessons from Silicon Valley and explains why the web is so much more than "better TV."

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A free digital library | Brewster Kahle

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

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Are games better than life? | David Perry

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life."

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Toys and materials from the future | Zach Kaplan

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 01:00:00 +0000

The Inventables guys, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, "dry" liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole.

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A flight through the ocean | Graham Hawkes

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Graham Hawkes takes us aboard his graceful, winged submarines to the depths of planet Ocean (a.k.a. "Earth"). It's a deep blue world we landlubbers rarely see in 3D.

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What I'm worried about, what I'm excited about | Bill Joy

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 08:17:00 +0000

Technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity -- and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.

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Life in Second Life | Philip Rosedale

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 01:00:00 +0000

Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.

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The future of cars | Larry Burns

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 01:00:00 +0000

General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen -- and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they're idle.

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There might just be life on Mars | Penelope Boston

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 21:47:00 +0000

So the Mars Rovers didn't scoop up any alien lifeforms. Scientist Penelope Boston thinks there's a good chance -- a 25 to 50 percent chance, in fact -- that life might exist on Mars, deep inside the planet's caves. She details how we should look and why.

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Taking OLPC to Colombia | Nicholas Negroponte

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 15:17:00 +0000

TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)

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My dream of a flying car | Paul Moller

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 07:39:00 +0000

Paul Moller talks about the future of personal air travel -- the marriage of autos and flight that will give us true freedom to travel off-road. He shows two things he's working on: the Moller Skycar (a jet + car) and a passenger-friendly hovering disc.

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Genomics 101 | Barry Schuler

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 01:15:00 +0000

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.

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Tools for a better world | Jamais Cascio

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 01:00:00 +0000

We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

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Hypersonic sound and other inventions | Woody Norris

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 01:00:00 +0000

Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that use sound in new ways, including the Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD. He talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education, because, as he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?

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Changing my legs - and my mindset | Aimee Mullins

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:00:00 +0000

In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.

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Toy tiles that talk to each other | David Merrill

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:35:00 +0000

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?

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The next species of human | Juan Enriquez

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 08:02:00 +0000

While the mega-banks were toppling in early 2009, Juan Enriquez took the stage to say: The really big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on the stock exchange or the political ballot. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

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How Benjamin Button got his face | Ed Ulbrich

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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."

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The voices of Twitter users | Evan Williams

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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Meet the SixthSense interaction | Pranav Mistry

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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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My 12 pairs of legs | Aimee Mullins

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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The next web | Tim Berners-Lee

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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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High-altitude wind energy from kites! | Saul Griffith

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 01:00:00 +0000

In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.

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Cool tricks your phone can do | David Pogue

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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).

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Military robots and the future of war | P.W. Singer

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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A new ecosystem for electric cars | Shai Agassi

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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To upgrade is human | Gregory Stock

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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Reporting crisis via texting | Erik Hersman

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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What went wrong at the LHC | Brian Cox

Fri, 01 May 2009 09:26:00 +0000

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.

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Ideas for India's future | Nandan Nilekani

Thu, 14 May 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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A supercharged motorcycle design | Yves Behar

Fri, 22 May 2009 08:54:00 +0000

Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.

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A university for the coming singularity | Ray Kurzweil

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:53:00 +0000

Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.

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Life in Biosphere 2 | Jane Poynter

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 01:00:00 +0000

Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.

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Surgery's past, present and robotic future | Catherine Mohr

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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A next-gen cure for killer infections | Kary Mullis

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:39:00 +0000

Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise. NOTE: This talk was given in 2009, and this field of science has developed quickly since then. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details.

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4 environmental 'heresies' | Stewart Brand

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 01:00:00 +0000

The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.

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A better way to harvest bone marrow | Daniel Kraft

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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 disease.

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Biomimicry in action | Janine Benyus

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 01:00:00 +0000

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

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A demo of wireless electricity | Eric Giler

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:59:00 +0000

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.

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Robots that "show emotion" | David Hanson

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:00:00 +0000

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.

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A brain in a supercomputer | Henry Markram

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:37:00 +0000

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.

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Animating a photo-real digital face | Paul Debevec

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:57:00 +0000

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.

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