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  • 14:48 New How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee

    How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee

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    Anjan Chatterjee uses tools from evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study one of nature's most captivating concepts: beauty. Learn more about the science behind why certain configurations of line, color and form excite us in this fascin

  • 09:47 New How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom Gruber

    How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom Gruber

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    How smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make "humanistic AI" that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman pe

  • 07:38 New How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph Redmon

    How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph Redmon

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    Ten years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy. How? Joseph Redmon works on the YOLO (You Onl

  • 08:30 New The stories behind The New Yorker's iconic covers | Françoise Mouly

    The stories behind The New Yorker's iconic covers | Françoise Mouly

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    Meet Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker's art director. For the past 24 years, she's helped decide what appears on the magazine's famous cover, from the black-on-black depiction of the Twin Towers the week after 9/11 to a recent, Russia-influenced riff on th

  • 19:41 New What six years in captivity taught me about fear and faith (English subtitles) | Ingrid Betancourt

    What six years in captivity taught me about fear and faith (English subtitles) | Ingrid Betancourt

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) In 2002, the Colombian guerrilla movement known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Ingrid Beta

  • 12:53 Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar

    Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar

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    Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-

  • 14:34 Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

    Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

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    That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on t

  • 07:15 Why I still have hope for coral reefs | Kristen Marhaver

    Why I still have hope for coral reefs | Kristen Marhaver

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    Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it's not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Caribbean -- given time, stable temp

  • 12:18 You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron

    You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron

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    On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in th

  • 07:05 You smell with your body, not just your nose | Jennifer Pluznick

    You smell with your body, not just your nose | Jennifer Pluznick

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    Do your kidneys have a sense of smell? Turns out, the same tiny scent detectors found in your nose are also found in some pretty unexpected places -- like your muscles, kidneys and even your lungs. In this quick talk (filled with weird facts), physiologis

  • 12:11 A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy Lin

    A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy Lin

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    Jimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small signals of cancer's presence via a simple blood test, detecting the recurrence of some forms of the diseas

  • 10:16 How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

    How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

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    Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation:

  • 14:18 Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman

    Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman

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    The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fath

  • 07:48 How I fail at being disabled | Susan Robinson

    How I fail at being disabled | Susan Robinson

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    Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: "disabled." In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases b

  • 16:13 The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang

    The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang

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    Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus ins

  • 09:30 Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter

    Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter

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    What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter has spent the last five years studying how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tabl

  • 13:08 Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel

    Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel

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    Climate change is real, case closed. But there's still a lot we don't understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part? There's a small hope that they could buy us

  • 11:09 What rivers can tell us about the earth's history | Liz Hajek

    What rivers can tell us about the earth's history | Liz Hajek

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    Rivers are one of nature's most powerful forces -- they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they'll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In

  • 17:01 The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention | Tristan Harris

    The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention | Tristan Harris

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    A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your a

  • 14:31 Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power (with English subtitles) | Jorge Ramos

    Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power (with English subtitles) | Jorge Ramos

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence

  • 12:37 How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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    It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lor

  • 14:14 Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them | Luma Mufleh

    Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them | Luma Mufleh

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    "We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives -- except our humanity," says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and

  • 14:01 A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane

    A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane

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    Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America -- from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop chasing a conventional bea

  • 13:59 Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

    Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

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    Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 ce

  • 09:58 Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke

    Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke

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    Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for

  • 14:42 Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

    Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

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    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determi

  • 22:13 Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim

    Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim

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    Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet -- will they be met with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost sh

  • 15:03 Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry

    Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry

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    Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains ho

  • 03:33 "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker

    "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker

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    Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading

  • 17:01 How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

    How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

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    Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscien

  • 07:09 How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning

    How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning

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    We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He's built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Learn more a

  • 12:58 When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

    When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

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    What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses "recomposition" -- a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giv

  • 13:22 Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

    Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

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    The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but p

  • 15:55 12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

    12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

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    A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and

  • 07:10 To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo

    To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed -- only that he didn't speak or respond to

  • 06:33 What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

    What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

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    Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used

  • 12:40 Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

    Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

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    There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city's

  • 14:27 How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

    How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

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    The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to bur

  • 14:46 Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

    Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

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    Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including "Waterboy," "Up Above My Head," and "Lonesome Road" by Sister Rosetta Tharp — and one glorious original song, "Come

  • 12:27 How to design a library that makes kids want to read |  Michael Bierut

    How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut

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    When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into the

  • 20:31 No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

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    Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how

  • 07:33 Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

    Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

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    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from B

  • 18:39 The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

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    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband -- and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In t

  • 15:21 Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

    Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

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    We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM su

  • 09:04 How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

    How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

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    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a d

  • 17:36 How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

    How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

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    Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," l

  • 15:11 A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

    A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

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    Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika's origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus -- and other deadly diseases -- by preventin

  • 08:30 Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

    Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

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    Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the con

  • 14:59 Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

    Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

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    "Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how

  • 15:34 When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

    When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

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    T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to p