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TED: Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work - Amanda Burden (2014)

April 7, 2014 - 15:06
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love -- and why it's important.

TED: Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform - Lawrence Lessig (2014)

April 4, 2014 - 14:58
Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and a offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.

TED: Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think - Jennifer Golbeck (2013)

April 3, 2014 - 14:57
Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you're also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign -- and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.

TED: Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done... - Bill Gates / Melinda Gates (2014)

April 2, 2014 - 14:58
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates—then engaged—took a walk on a beach in Zanzibar, and made a bold decision on how they would make sure that their wealth from Microsoft went back into society. In a conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as about their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their wealth away.

TED: Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics - Allan Adams (2014)

April 1, 2014 - 15:10
On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to the Big Bang. For non-physicists, what does it mean? TED asked Allan Adams to briefly explain the results, in this improvised talk illustrated by Randall Munroe of xkcd.

TED: Daffodil Hudson: Is this the cure for stage fright? - Daffodil Hudson (2014)

April 1, 2014 - 04:00
While scientist Daffodil Hudson was preparing to give a TED Talk sharing her life's work on the genetic causes of stage fright, something quite unusual happened ...

TED: Geena Rocero: Why I must come out - Geena Rocero (2014)

März 31, 2014 - 14:48
When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a professionally shot photo of herself clad in a bikini, she was beside herself. "I thought...you have arrived!" she says proudly. This might not be the typical experience, but, as Rocero reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In a moving and personal talk, Rocero finds that transgender activism is giving her a whole new sense of pride and purpose.

TED: Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance - Hugh Herr (2014)

März 28, 2014 - 12:12
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

TED: Del Harvey: The strangeness of scale at Twitter - Del Harvey (2014)

März 27, 2014 - 14:32
When hundreds of thousands of Tweets are fired every second, a one-in-a-million chance -- including unlikely sounding sounding scenarios that could harm users -- happens about 500 times a day. For Del Harvey, who heads Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team, these odds aren’t good. The security maven spends her days thinking about how to prevent worst-case scenarios while giving voice to people around the globe. With deadpan humor, she offers a window into how she keeps 240 million users safe.

TED: Ed Yong: Suicidal wasps, zombie roaches and other parasite tales - Ed Yong (2014)

März 26, 2014 - 15:05
We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely.

TED: Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering - Bran Ferren (2014)

März 25, 2014 - 14:48
When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

TED: Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala - Ziauddin Yousafzai (2014)

März 24, 2014 - 14:49
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."

TED: Larry Page: Where’s Google going next? - Larry Page (2014)

März 21, 2014 - 21:08
Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things.

TED: Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk - Richard Ledgett (2014)

März 21, 2014 - 00:46
After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers Anderson’s questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy.

TED: Charmian Gooch: My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business - Charmian Gooch (2014)

März 20, 2014 - 15:14
Anonymous companies protect corrupt individuals – from notorious drug cartel leaders to nefarious arms dealers – behind a shroud of mystery that makes it almost impossible to find and hold them responsible. But anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch hopes to change all that. At TED2014, she shares her brave TED Prize wish: to know who owns and controls companies, to change the law, and to launch a new era of openness in business.

TED: Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space - Chris Hadfield (2014)

März 19, 2014 - 15:01
There's an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

TED: Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet - Edward Snowden (2014)

März 19, 2014 - 00:01
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he say, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

TED: Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice - Daniel Reisel (2013)

März 18, 2014 - 15:06
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?

TED: Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason - Steven Pinker / Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (2012)

März 17, 2014 - 15:00
Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive Media.

TED: Carin Bondar: The birds and the bees are just the beginning - Carin Bondar (2013)

März 14, 2014 - 14:48
Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on.