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  • 08:37 New How can groups make good decisions? | Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely

    How can groups make good decisions? | Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely

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    We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right -- and sometimes they go very wrong. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interact to

  • 19:06 New How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions | Scott Galloway

    How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions | Scott Galloway

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    The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening

  • 13:58 New Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett

    Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett

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    For the introverts among us, traditional forms activism like marches, protests and door-to-door canvassing can be intimidating and stressful. Take it from Sarah Corbett, a former professional campaigner and self-proclaimed introvert. She introduces us to

  • 07:27 New The hidden opportunities of the informal economy | Niti Bhan

    The hidden opportunities of the informal economy | Niti Bhan

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    Niti Bhan studies business strategy for Africa's informal markets: the small shops and stands, skilled craftspeople and laborers who are the invisible engine that keeps the continent's economy running. It's tempting to think of these workers as tax-dodger

  • 05:57 New Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage | Kayla Briët

    Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage | Kayla Briët

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    Kayla Briët creates art that explores identity and self-discovery -- and the fear that her culture may someday be forgotten. She shares how she found her creative voice and reclaimed the stories of her Dutch-Indonesian, Chinese and Native American heritag

  • 15:01 New How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes

    How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes

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    The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He's spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet -- and figuring out a new way

  • 07:02 New How my dad's dementia changed my idea of death (and life) | Beth Malone

    How my dad's dementia changed my idea of death (and life) | Beth Malone

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    With warmth and grace, Beth Malone tells the deeply personal story of her dad's struggle with frontotemporal lobe dementia, and how it changed how she thinks about death (and life). A moving talk about a daughter's love -- and of letting go and finding pe

  • 14:37 New I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter

    I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter

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    One in five women in the United States will not have a biological child, and Christen Reighter is one of them. From a young age, she knew she didn't kids, in spite of the insistence of many people (including her doctor) who told her she'd change her mind.

  • 07:42 How the military fights climate change | David Titley

    How the military fights climate change | David Titley

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    Military leaders have known for millennia that the time to prepare for a challenge is before it hits you, says scientist and retired US Navy officer David Titley. He takes us from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria to the icy shores of Svalbard to show

  • 06:25 How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird

    How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird

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    Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans

  • 13:46 The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton

    The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton

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    What do you think would happen if you invited an individual with mental health issues who had been homeless for many years to move directly from the street into housing? Loyd Pendleton shares how he went from skeptic to believer in the Housing First appro

  • 12:24 What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njoroge

    What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njoroge

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    In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn't commit -- the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of

  • 16:04 How judges can show respect | Victoria Pratt

    How judges can show respect | Victoria Pratt

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    In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect? A pioneering judge in New Jersey, Victoria Pratt shares her principles of "procedural justice" -- four simple, thoughtful steps that redefined the everyd

  • 10:55 We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers

    We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers

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    Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 100 people in the US die every day in car accidents -- a

  • 17:11 The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah

    The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah

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    With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- they should also be the foundation of our political live

  • 14:12 Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg

    Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg

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    Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States -- the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we've brought to the forests through a century of misguided management. What steps can we

  • 17:13 An interview with Mauritius's first female president | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

    An interview with Mauritius's first female president | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

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    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been an academic, an entrepreneur and is now the president of Mauritius -- the first Muslim female head of state in Africa. In a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Stephanie Busari, Gurib-Fakim discusses the humble beginning

  • 13:08 For the love of birds | Washington Wachira

    For the love of birds | Washington Wachira

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    From the glorious crested guinea fowl to the adulterous African jacana to vultures that can pick a zebra carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira wants us all to get to know the marvelous species of birds that share the planet with us. If you're no

  • 16:43 Why women stay silent after sexual assault (with English subtitles) | Inés Hercovich

    Why women stay silent after sexual assault (with English subtitles) | Inés Hercovich

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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.) Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about it? "Because they fear they won't be believed," says Inés

  • 15:10 The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul

    The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul

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    The most important infrastructure we have is educated minds, says former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Yet too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as bridges and roads, when it's the minds of our children that will rea

  • 14:04 The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders

    The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders

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    Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut -- the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens -- as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind it, including its connection to mental health. It turns

  • 09:21 Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor

    Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor

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    "My science fiction has different ancestors -- African ones," says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her "Binti" series and her novel "Lagoon," Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roots of her work -- and how she opens strange doors throu

  • 08:57 Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? | Tim Kruger

    Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? | Tim Kruger

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    Could we cure climate change? Geoengineering researcher Tim Kruger wants to try. He shares one promising possibility: using natural gas to generate electricity in a way that takes carbon dioxide out of the air. Learn more -- both the potential and the ris

  • 06:04 How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan

    How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan

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    Congratulations! By being here, alive, you are one of history's winners -- the culmination of a success story four billion years in the making. The other 99 percent of species who have ever lived on earth are dead -- killed by fire, flood, asteroids, ice,

  • 21:59 The future of storytelling | Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers

    The future of storytelling | Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers

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    "We all feel a compelling need to watch stories, to tell stories ... to discuss the things that tell each one of us that we are not alone in the world," says TV titan Shonda Rhimes. A dominant force in television since "Grey's Anatomy" hit the airwaves, R

  • 22:56 We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci

    We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci

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    We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads a

  • 14:38 How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford

    How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford

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    Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for

  • 06:04 The awful logic of land mines -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista

    The awful logic of land mines -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista

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    Fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia has left the countryside riddled with land mines that maim and kill innocent people who happen across them. To help keep communities safe from harm, TED Resident Carlos Bautista is developing an app to track land

  • 11:06 Want a more innovative company? Hire more women | Rocío Lorenzo

    Want a more innovative company? Hire more women | Rocío Lorenzo

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    Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out -- and the answer was a clear yes. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how y

  • 17:01 What it's like to be a woman in Hollywood | Naomi McDougall Jones

    What it's like to be a woman in Hollywood | Naomi McDougall Jones

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    What we see in movies matters: it affects our hobbies, our career choices, our emotions and even our identities. Right now, we don't see enough women on screen or behind the camera -- but waiting for Hollywood to grow a conscience isn't going to fix the p

  • 07:35 Why I risked my life to expose a government massacre | Anjan Sundaram

    Why I risked my life to expose a government massacre | Anjan Sundaram

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    A war zone can pass for a mostly peaceful place when no one is watching, says investigative journalist and TED Fellow Anjan Sundaram. In this short, incisive talk, he takes us inside the conflict in the Central African Republic, where he saw the methodica

  • 04:44 A human-robot dance duet | Huang Yi & KUKA

    A human-robot dance duet | Huang Yi & KUKA

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    Harmoniously weaving together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering, Huang Yi performs a man-machine dance duet with KUKA -- a robot he conceptualized and programmed -- set to stirring cello by Joshua Roman. Check out more TED Talks:

  • 13:28 A pro wrestler's guide to confidence | Mike Kinney

    A pro wrestler's guide to confidence | Mike Kinney

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    You are more than you think you are, says former pro wrestler Mike Kinney -- you just have to find what makes you unique and use it to your advantage. For years Kinney "turned up" the parts of himself that made him special as he invented and perfected his

  • 19:55 The powerful stories that shaped Africa | Gus Casely-Hayford

    The powerful stories that shaped Africa | Gus Casely-Hayford

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    In the vast sweep of history, even an empire can be forgotten. In this wide-ranging talk, Gus Casely-Hayford shares origin stories of Africa that are too often unwritten, lost, unshared. Travel to Great Zimbabwe, the ancient city whose mysterious origins

  • 07:20 Portraits that transform people into whatever they want to be | Uldus Bakhtiozina

    Portraits that transform people into whatever they want to be | Uldus Bakhtiozina

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    With her gorgeous, haunting photographs, artist Uldus Bakhtiozina documents dreams, working with daily life as she imagines it could be. She creates everything in her work by hand -- from costumes to stages -- without digital manipulation, bringing us ima

  • 05:19 A precise, three-word address for every place on earth | Chris Sheldrick

    A precise, three-word address for every place on earth | Chris Sheldrick

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    With what3words, Chris Sheldrick and his team have divided the entire planet into three-meter squares and assigned each a unique, three-word identifier, like famous.splice.writers or blocks.evenly.breed, giving a precise address to the billions of people

  • 19:49 The new age of corporate monopolies | Margrethe Vestager

    The new age of corporate monopolies | Margrethe Vestager

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    Margrethe Vestager wants to keep European markets competitive -- which is why, on behalf of the EU, she's fined Google $2.8 billion for breaching antitrust rules, asked Apple for $15.3 billion in back taxes and investigated a range of companies, from Gazp

  • 05:33 We can hack our immune cells to fight cancer | Elizabeth Wayne

    We can hack our immune cells to fight cancer | Elizabeth Wayne

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    After decades of research and billions spent in clinical trials, we still have a problem with cancer drug delivery, says biomedical engineer Elizabeth Wayne. Chemotherapy kills cancer -- but it kills the rest of your body, too. Instead of using human desi

  • 09:02 What's hidden under the Greenland ice sheet? | Kristin Poinar

    What's hidden under the Greenland ice sheet? | Kristin Poinar

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    The Greenland ice sheet is massive, mysterious -- and melting. Using advanced technology, scientists are revealing its secrets for the first time, and what they've found is amazing: hidden under the ice sheet is a vast aquifer that holds a Lake Tahoe-size

  • 14:45 How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson

    How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson

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    When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story -- and identifies three

  • 08:43 The forgotten art of the zoetrope | Eric Dyer

    The forgotten art of the zoetrope | Eric Dyer

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    Artist Eric Dyer spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to get his hands back on his work, he began exploring the zoetrope, a popular 19th-century device that was used to create the illusion of motion long before the a

  • 10:07 Why jobs of the future won't feel like work | David Lee

    Why jobs of the future won't feel like work | David Lee

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    We've all heard that robots are going to take our jobs -- but what can we do about it? Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents and passions -- the things we spend our weekends doing -- to keep us

  • 06:58 How I became an entrepreneur at 66 | Paul Tasner

    How I became an entrepreneur at 66 | Paul Tasner

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    It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner -- after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As

  • 09:31 Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate | Greg Gage

    Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate | Greg Gage

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    Neuroscientist Greg Gage takes sophisticated equipment used to study the brain out of graduate-level labs and brings them to middle- and high-school classrooms (and, sometimes, to the TED stage.) Prepare to be amazed as he hooks up the Mimosa pudica, a pl

  • 14:10 How Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress | Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

    How Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress | Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

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    Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu wants to see Africans unleash their suppressed creative and innovative energies by acknowledging the significance of their indigenous, authentic knowledge. In this powerful talk, she shares examples of untapped, traditional African kn

  • 17:59 How to seek truth in the era of fake news | Christiane Amanpour

    How to seek truth in the era of fake news | Christiane Amanpour

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    Known worldwide for her courage and clarity, Christiane Amanpour has spent the past three decades interviewing business, cultural and political leaders who have shaped history. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Amanpour discusses fake news,

  • 21:59 The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

    The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

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    "From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism" A native of Turkey

  • 06:36 Don't suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen

    Don't suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen

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    Having feelings isn't a sign of weakness -- they mean we're human, says producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen. Even after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Webber Allen felt too ashamed to tell anybody, keeping her condition a secret until a

  • 17:34 A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker

    A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker

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    Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: "We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpass

  • 07:49 Mind-blowing, magnified portraits of insects | Levon Biss

    Mind-blowing, magnified portraits of insects | Levon Biss

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    Photographer Levon Biss was looking for a new, extraordinary subject when one afternoon he and his young son popped a ground beetle under a microscope and discovered the wondrous world of insects. Applying his knowledge of photography to subjects just fiv