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  • 12:04 Who belongs in a city? |  OluTimehin Adegbeye

    Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

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    Underneath every shiny new megacity, there's often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nig

  • 11:55 What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant

    What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant

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    What the astronauts felt when they saw Earth from space changed them forever. Author and artist Benjamin Grant aims to provoke this same feeling of overwhelming scale and beauty in each of us through a series of stunning satellite images that show the eff

  • 11:04 Would you live in a floating city in the sky? (with English subtitles) | Tomás Saraceno

    Would you live in a floating city in the sky? (with English subtitles) | Tomás Saraceno

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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 a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculp

  • 12:19 A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

    A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

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    Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects -- from the sidewalks of Amsterdam, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy,

  • 11:39 How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman

    How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman

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    Terrorists and extremists aren't all naturally violent sociopaths -- they're deliberately recruited and radicalized in a process that doesn't fit into a neat pattern. Erin Marie Saltman discusses the push and pull factors that cause people to join extremi

  • 19:16 Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

    Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

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    We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us even from seeing others

  • 14:26 How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

    How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

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    What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about yo

  • 11:58 How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour

    How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour

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    Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced tech

  • 13:38 Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai

    Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai

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    Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming q

  • 13:12 Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler

    Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler

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    Could it be wrong to help children in need by starting an orphanage? In this eye-opening talk about the bad consequences of good intentions, Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused in part by foreign donors

  • 08:51 "The Sacred Art of the Ori" | Laolu Senbanjo

    "The Sacred Art of the Ori" | Laolu Senbanjo

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    The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus scien

  • 12:28 When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

    When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

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    Another economic reality is possible -- one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own t

  • 05:11 Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

    Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

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    We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. Where's the fun? Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda. Rethink the value of

  • 11:26 What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi

    What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi

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    Your cells are coated with sugars that store information and speak a secret language. What are they trying to tell us? Your blood type, for one -- and, potentially, that you have cancer. Chemical biologist Carolyn Bertozzi researches how sugars on cancero

  • 12:17 What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson

    What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson

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    Meet the "ems" -- machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from. Economist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast

  • 13:36 What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan

    What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan

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    Should a driverless car kill you if it means saving five pedestrians? In this primer on the social dilemmas of driverless cars, Iyad Rahwan explores how the technology will challenge our morality and explains his work collecting data from real people on t

  • 20:16 A lyrical bridge between past, present and future | David Whyte

    A lyrical bridge between past, present and future | David Whyte

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    With his signature charm and searching insight, David Whyte meditates on the frontiers of the past, present and future, sharing two poems inspired by his niece's hike along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The TED Talks channel features the b

  • 13:19 The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil

    The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil

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    Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmf

  • 16:34 How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio

    How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio

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    What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say

  • 09:19 How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

    How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

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    "Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are. Check out more TED Tal

  • 16:03 The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

    The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

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    The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps

  • 12:22 A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry

    A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry

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    When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read "Want a job," he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homele

  • 14:21 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe

    7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe

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    More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitali

  • 11:55 How I help free innocent people from prison | Ronald Sullivan

    How I help free innocent people from prison | Ronald Sullivan

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    Harvard Law professor Ronald Sullivan fights to free wrongfully convicted people from jail -- in fact, he has freed some 6,000 innocent people over the course of his career. He shares heartbreaking stories of how (and why) people end up being put in jail

  • 10:32 How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

    How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

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    It's been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. The traditional ways we've turned art into money (like record sales) have been broken by the internet, leaving musicians, writers and artists wondering how to

  • 16:14 How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

    How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

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    Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.

  • 05:26 Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

    Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

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    When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary "Whose Streets?" tells the story of the protests f

  • 09:36 A dance to honor Mother Earth | Jon Boogz and Lil Buck

    A dance to honor Mother Earth | Jon Boogz and Lil Buck

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    Movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck debut "Honor thy mother," a delicate, powerful performance of spoken word, violin and dance that draws on the tormented relationship between nature and humanity. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and per

  • 10:08 Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face | Anne Madden

    Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face | Anne Madden

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    Behold the microscopic jungle in and around you: tiny organisms living on your cheeks, under your sofa and in the soil in your backyard. We have an adversarial relationship with these microbes -- we sanitize, exterminate and disinfect them -- but accordin

  • 11:38 Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

    Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

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    It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudi

  • 14:48 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 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 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 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 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