TED Talk

March 19, 2019
What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin

What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin

"Full access to a person's phone is the next best thing to full access to a person's mind," says cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin. In an urgent talk, she describes the emerging danger of stalkerware -- software designed to spy on someone by gaining access to their devices...

How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet

How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet

Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending machines. Learn how these tiny museums are being...

3 ways to uproot a culture of corruption | Wanjira Mathai

3 ways to uproot a culture of corruption | Wanjira Mathai

Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai -- and to stop it there (or anywhere else), we need to intervene early. Following the legacy of her mother, political activist and Nobel Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, Mathai shares three strategies to uproot a...

How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill

How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill

"Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our...

How to design gender bias out of your workplace | Sara Sanford

How to design gender bias out of your workplace | Sara Sanford

Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity -- by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people think.

Management lessons from Chinese business and philosophy | Fang Ruan

Management lessons from Chinese business and philosophy | Fang Ruan

Business management in China is changing, says consultant Fang Ruan. Learn how Chinese entrepreneurs -- long guided by Confucianism's emphasis on authority and regulation -- are now looking to Taoist philosophy for a new, dynamic leadership style that believes things spontaneously transform...

What if a single human right could change the world? | Kristen Wenz

What if a single human right could change the world? | Kristen Wenz

More than a billion people worldwide, mostly children, have no birth certificates. In many countries, this means they can't get access to vital services like health care and education, says legal identity expert Kristen Wenz. She discusses why this problem is one of the greatest human rights...

How volumetric video brings a new dimension to filmmaking | Diego Prilusky

How volumetric video brings a new dimension to filmmaking | Diego Prilusky

In this talk and tech demo, filmmaker Diego Prilusky introduces the next chapter in moviemaking: volumetric video, a 360-degree experience powered by hundreds of cameras that capture light and motion from every angle. Check out how this technology creates a new type of immersive storytelling -- and...

Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott

Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott

The world's most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. So why aren't you getting paid for it? In this eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership -- which would empower you to donate, destroy or...

This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira

This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira

Air pollution knows no borders -- even in your own body, says public health expert María Neira. In this startling talk, she describes how the microscopic particles and chemicals you breathe affect all your major organs (including your brain) and calls on both the public and those in power to take...

The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting | Joel Leon

The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting | Joel Leon

"Co-parenting" isn't a buzzword -- it's a way of showing up for your family openly, consistently and lovingly, says storyteller and father Joel Leon. In this moving talk, he challenges all parents to play an equal, active role in their children's daily lives, even in a...

A brief tour of the last 4 billion years (dinosaurs not included) | Lauren Sallan

A brief tour of the last 4 billion years (dinosaurs not included) | Lauren Sallan

In this hilarious, whirlwind tour of the last four billion years of evolution, paleontologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan introduces us to some of the wildly diverse animals that roamed the prehistoric planet (from sharks with wings to galloping crocodiles and long-necked rhinos) and shows why...

For the love of fangirls | Yve Blake

For the love of fangirls | Yve Blake

When you think of fangirls, what comes to mind: large swaths of fandom (usually for a boyband) whose feelings culminate in tears and joyful screams? Perhaps you grimace or roll your eyes at the thought. In this fun, lively talk, playwright Yve Blake asks us to reevaluate our reaction to the...

How surfboards connect us to nature | Yves Béhar

How surfboards connect us to nature | Yves Béhar

Here's how the surfboard changed our relationship to water, according to fuseproject founder Yves Béhar.

The power of the Afro pick | Jon Gray

The power of the Afro pick | Jon Gray

The Afro pick is much more than a styling tool. It's a major player in Black history, explains artist Jon Gray.

Why books are here to stay | Chip Kidd

Why books are here to stay | Chip Kidd

Despite the rise of e-books, physical books aren't going anywhere. Graphic designer Chip Kidd shares why their design is so lasting.

Why 1.5 billion people eat with chopsticks | Jennifer 8. Lee

Why 1.5 billion people eat with chopsticks | Jennifer 8. Lee

Author Jennifer 8. Lee explains how the chopstick spread from the East to the West -- and was designed to give you the perfect bite.

The function and fashion of eyeglasses | Debbie Millman

The function and fashion of eyeglasses | Debbie Millman

Glasses were originally created to overcome physical obstacles, but design evangelist Debbie Millman shares how they turned into a fashion statement.

How the compass unlocked the world | David Biello

How the compass unlocked the world | David Biello

"Everything that we think of as world history would not have taken place without the compass." TED science curator David Biello explains how the device changed our relationship to the world.

The evolution of the coffee cup lid | A.J. Jacobs

The evolution of the coffee cup lid | A.J. Jacobs

Author A.J. Jacobs shows how the coffee cup lid was perfectly designed to give you a full sensory experience while drinking.

Why pasta comes in all shapes and sizes | Paola Antonelli

Why pasta comes in all shapes and sizes | Paola Antonelli

Think twice when picking what pasta you want for dinner. The shape of your noodle makes a difference, explains Paola Antonelli, senior curator at The Museum of Modern Art.

How symbols and brands shape our humanity | Debbie Millman

How symbols and brands shape our humanity | Debbie Millman

"Branding is the profound manifestation of the human spirit," says designer and podcaster Debbie Millman. In a historical odyssey that she illustrated herself, Millman traces the evolution of branding, from cave paintings to flags to beer labels and beyond. She explores the power of...

Online predators spread fake porn of me. Here's how I fought back | Noelle Martin

Online predators spread fake porn of me. Here's how I fought back | Noelle Martin

A casual reverse-image search unleashed a nightmarish reality on Noelle Martin when she discovered her face edited into pornographic materials across the internet. Join Martin as she recounts years battling shadowy online figures to reclaim her identity, narrative and peace of mind -- and learn how...

What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology | Victoria Gill

What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology | Victoria Gill

To save the achoque -- an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico -- scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science journalist Victoria Gill shares the story of how...

How teachers can help students navigate trauma | Lisa Godwin

How teachers can help students navigate trauma | Lisa Godwin

"To make a difference in the life of a child ... I made the commitment to tell my personal story," says educator Lisa Godwin. In this moving talk, she shares her experience of overcoming childhood trauma with the quiet, unwavering support of a teacher and school counselor -- and shows how...

How online marketplaces can help local economies, not hurt them | Amane Dannouni

How online marketplaces can help local economies, not hurt them | Amane Dannouni

The growth of online marketplaces like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon can sometimes threaten local businesses such as taxis, hotels and retail shops by taking away jobs or reducing income to the community. But it doesn't have to be this way, says strategy consultant Amane Dannouni. Pointing to...

Imaginative sculptures that explore how we perceive reality | Alicia Eggert

Imaginative sculptures that explore how we perceive reality | Alicia Eggert

TED Fellow Alicia Eggert takes us on a visual tour of her work -- from a giant sculpture on an uninhabited island in Maine to an installation that inflates only when people hold hands to complete an electric current. Her work explores the power of art to inspire wonder and foster hope in dark...

5 ways to create stronger connections | Robert Reffkin

5 ways to create stronger connections | Robert Reffkin

In a tech-obsessed culture, it can be difficult to build genuine relationships with people, especially in the workplace. Robert Reffkin shares his tips and tricks for establishing authentic connections on the job.

How to know if it's time to change careers  | Chieh Huang

How to know if it's time to change careers | Chieh Huang

Quitting your job can be scary, but sometimes it's the best thing you can do for your career, says entrepreneur Chieh Huang. He shares how to know when it's time to move on -- and what can you do to prepare.

3 things new parents should consider before going back to work | Emily Oster

3 things new parents should consider before going back to work | Emily Oster

Should you go back to work after having kids? It's an emotional decision, but weighing three factors can make it easier, says author and economist Emily Oster.

6 ways to improve your relationship with money | Thasunda Duckett

6 ways to improve your relationship with money | Thasunda Duckett

Taking control of our personal finances can feel overwhelming -- but it doesn't have to be. Thasunda Duckett shares how to minimize shame around money and start having honest conversations about how to save.

The secret to giving great feedback | LeeAnn Renninger

The secret to giving great feedback | LeeAnn Renninger

Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we're still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.

How to embrace emotions at work | Liz Fosslien

How to embrace emotions at work | Liz Fosslien

"You can't just flip a switch when you step into the office and turn your emotions off. Feeling feelings is part of being human," says author and illustrator Liz Fosslien. She shares why selective vulnerability is the key to bringing your authentic self to work.

How burnout makes us less creative | Rahaf Harfoush

How burnout makes us less creative | Rahaf Harfoush

Our obsession with productivity -- to-do lists, life hacks, morning routines -- is making us less productive, says digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush. She explains why we need to redesign our workday around creativity -- not just efficiency.

How to make faster decisions | Patrick McGinnis

How to make faster decisions | Patrick McGinnis

In a world of endless reviews and options, it's easy to become paralyzed by indecision. Investor and writer Patrick McGinnis shares the dangers of "FOBO" -- the fear of better options -- and how to overcome it.

How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King

How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King

Imagine waking in the middle of the night to an elephant ripping the roof from your house in search of food. This is a reality in some communities in Africa where, as wild spaces shrink, people and elephants are competing for space and resources like never before. In this engaging talk, zoologist...

What if the poor were part of city planning? | Smruti Jukur Johari

What if the poor were part of city planning? | Smruti Jukur Johari

Almost a billion people worldwide live in informal communities and slums, often without basic infrastructure like clean water, toilets or adequate roads. Urban planner Smruti Jukur Johari breaks down myths about these communities and shares examples of simple, common-sense solutions that arise when...

The science of friction -- and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail

The science of friction -- and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail

Tribology: it's a funny-sounding word you might not have heard before, but it could change how you see and interact with the physical world, says mechanical engineer Jennifer Vail. Offering lessons from tribology -- the study of friction and wear -- Vail describes the surprisingly varied ways...

The health benefits of clowning around | Matthew A. Wilson

The health benefits of clowning around | Matthew A. Wilson

As a medical clown, TED Resident Matthew A. Wilson takes the old adage that laughter is the best medicine very seriously. In this heartwarming talk, he shares glimpses of how clowning around can help patients (and medical staff) navigate stressful situations -- with no side effects.

Tiny robots with giant potential | Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin

Tiny robots with giant potential | Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin

Take a trip down the microworld as roboticists Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin explain how they design and mass-produce microrobots the size of a single cell, powered by atomically thin legs -- and show how these machines could one day be "piloted" to battle crop diseases or study your brain...

The real story of Rosa Parks -- and why we need to confront myths about black history | David Ikard

The real story of Rosa Parks -- and why we need to confront myths about black history | David Ikard

Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us...

Dictators hate political cartoons -- so I keep drawing them | Rayma Suprani

Dictators hate political cartoons -- so I keep drawing them | Rayma Suprani

"A political cartoon is a barometer of freedom," says Rayma Suprani, who was exiled from her native Venezuela for publishing work critical of the government. "That's why dictators hate cartoonists." In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent railing against...

Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here's how we can end them | Ellen Agler

Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here's how we can end them | Ellen Agler

Parasitic worms date back thousands of years, causing diseases that limit human potential. But today, effective treatment against them requires just a few pills, taken once or twice a year. With 1.7 billion people at risk of infection, Ellen Agler and her team at the END Fund are imagining a world...

How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton

How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton

Here's a paradox: as companies try to streamline their businesses by using artificial intelligence to make critical decisions, they may inadvertently make themselves less efficient. Business technologist Sylvain Duranton advocates for a "Human plus AI" approach -- using AI systems...

How virtual reality turns students into scientists | Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

How virtual reality turns students into scientists | Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

Using low-cost virtual reality, education activist Jessica Ochoa Hendrix helps bring science to life in schools across the US. In this quick talk, she explains how a VR experience she developed invites students to explore underwater ecosystems as if they're marine biologists -- and envision...

A new type of medicine, custom-made with tiny proteins | Christopher Bahl

A new type of medicine, custom-made with tiny proteins | Christopher Bahl

Some common life-saving medicines, such as insulin, are made of proteins so large and fragile that they need to be injected instead of ingested as pills. But a new generation of medicine -- made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides -- is on its way. In a quick, informative talk,...

How the magic of kindness helped me survive the Holocaust | Werner Reich

How the magic of kindness helped me survive the Holocaust | Werner Reich

Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps -- and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. "If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know somebody who is scared, be kind to...

What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White

What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White

When the ocean changes, the planet changes -- and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean health -- and how we might rejuvenate them as marine...

The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring

The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring

If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household or do similar labor, then by GDP standards, you're unproductive. In this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this narrow-minded system, detailing why we deserve a better way...

Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan

Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan

When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional with her lens enhanced her ability to enjoy the...

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