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TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today it puts on two conferences yearly that cover almost all topics, with speakers who are the leaders in their field giving a presentation that lasts no more than 18 minutes. We post a new TED Talk almost every day. (NOTE: The videos in this category are all free to non-members, as a demonstration of how our video playback system works.)

  • How I’m fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

    MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t detect her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures.

    CONKMarch 30, 2017
    1,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 5
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  • To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

    Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.

    CONKMarch 29, 2017
    1,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 5
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  • A scientific approach to the paranormal | Carrie Poppy

    What’s haunting Carrie Poppy? Is it ghosts or something worse? In this talk, the investigative journalist narrates her encounter with a spooky feeling you’ll want to warn your friends about and explains why we need science to deal with paranormal activity.

    CONKMarch 28, 2017
    2,558 votes, average: 4.37 out of 52,558 votes, average: 4.37 out of 52,558 votes, average: 4.37 out of 52,558 votes, average: 4.37 out of 52,558 votes, average: 4.37 out of 5
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  • Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

    To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye.

    CONKMarch 25, 2017
    676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

    Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: “Who died today?” Why? Here he shares what those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.

    CONKMarch 24, 2017
    1,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

    The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet.

    CONKMarch 23, 2017
    2,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • The data behind Hollywood’s sexism | Stacy Smith

    Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers.

    CONKMarch 22, 2017
    3,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 5
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  • A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

    She shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses, a crucial part of economic health and growth, leading to new investments and a World Bank recognition as a top reformer.

    CONKMarch 21, 2017
    988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5
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  • Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

    What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of technology and sensory perception, and her work is wedged somewhere between science, design and art.

    CONKMarch 18, 2017
    685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

    Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

    CONKMarch 17, 2017
    1,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 5
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  • A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

    Meet the “Row-bot,” a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

    CONKMarch 16, 2017
    1,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 5
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  • The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

    Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress.

    CONKMarch 15, 2017
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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  • Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

    New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don’t need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we’ll teach, not program, them to share our values.

    CONKMarch 14, 2017
    2,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 5
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  • How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani

    Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can’t pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets.

    CONKMarch 11, 2017
    1,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5
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  • 3 ways to fix a broken news industry | Lara Setrakian

    Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we’re inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist and entrepreneur Lara Setrakian.

    CONKMarch 10, 2017
    1,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 5
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  • How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

    Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

    CONKMarch 9, 2017
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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  • What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone | Aala El-Khani

    How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria.

    CONKMarch 8, 2017
    1,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 5
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  • I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

    everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

    CONKMarch 7, 2017
    8,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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