Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
TED: Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free - Kitra Cahana (2014)
17 Oct 2014 5:00:32
In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.
TED: Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive - Melissa Fleming (2014)
16 Oct 2014 4:40:44
50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.
TED: Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection? - Jorge Soto (2014)
15 Oct 2014 5:09:36
Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.
TED: Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing - Myriam Sidibe (2014)
14 Oct 2014 5:11:21
Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
TED: Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald (2014)
10 Oct 2014 3:11:03
Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
TED: Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home - Dilip Ratha (2014)
09 Oct 2014 5:03:37
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference on the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
TED: Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era - Pia Mancini (2014)
08 Oct 2014 6:05:29
Pia Mancini and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say.
TED: Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you - Meaghan Ramsey (2014)
07 Oct 2014 6:46:06
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the keys things all of us can to disrupt this reality.
TED: Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century - Thomas Piketty (2014)
06 Oct 2014 4:26:39
French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.
TED: Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road … and in the air - Daria van den Bercken (2014)
03 Oct 2014 5:01:26
Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.
TED: Gail Reed: Where to train the world's doctors? Cuba. - Gail Reed (2014)
01 Oct 2014 5:18:27
Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.
TED: Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get - Susan Colantuono (2013)
30 Sep 2014 5:14:06
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
TED: Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right - Francis de los Reyes (2013)
29 Sep 2014 5:10:48
Warning: This talk might contain much more than you’d ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn’t everyone deserve a safe place to go?
In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
TED: Matthew O'Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer. - Matthew O'Reilly (2014)
25 Sep 2014 5:30:31
Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, she critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.
TED: Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data - Kenneth Cukier (2014)
23 Sep 2014 5:41:58
Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning -- and human knowledge.
TED: Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it - Nicholas Stern (2014)
22 Sep 2014 4:55:43
Tomorrow, the UN begins its first Climate Summit, enlisting the world to work together on a problem that’s too big for any single country to solve alone. Economist Lord Nicholas Stern helped write a report that outlines where we are now — and what we could do next. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?
TED: Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us - Antonio Donato Nobre (2010)
19 Sep 2014 5:04:54
The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature.
TED: Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing - Avi Reichental (2014)
18 Sep 2014 5:18:43
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.
TED: Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door - Mac Barnett (2014)
17 Sep 2014 5:00:03
Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
TED: Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe? - Andrew Connolly (2014)
16 Sep 2014 5:08:07
Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
TED: Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream. - Rishi Manchanda (2014)
15 Sep 2014 5:00:03
Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.