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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.)

  • Don’t feel sorry for refugees — believe in them | Luma Mufleh

    “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.

    CONKJuly 26, 2017
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  • Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

    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 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.

    CONKJuly 25, 2017
    953 votes, average: 4.97 out of 5953 votes, average: 4.97 out of 5953 votes, average: 4.97 out of 5953 votes, average: 4.97 out of 5953 votes, average: 4.97 out of 5
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  • Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke

    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 herself.

    CONKJuly 22, 2017
    1,371 votes, average: 3.14 out of 51,371 votes, average: 3.14 out of 51,371 votes, average: 3.14 out of 51,371 votes, average: 3.14 out of 51,371 votes, average: 3.14 out of 5
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  • Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

    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 determines our health care?

    CONKJuly 21, 2017
    689 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5689 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5689 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5689 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5689 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5
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  • Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim

    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 shared prosperity.

    CONKJuly 20, 2017
    1,028 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,028 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,028 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,028 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,028 votes, average: 4.76 out of 5
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  • How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

    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.

    CONKJuly 19, 2017
    2,136 votes, average: 4.88 out of 52,136 votes, average: 4.88 out of 52,136 votes, average: 4.88 out of 52,136 votes, average: 4.88 out of 52,136 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5
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  • When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

    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-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.

    CONKJuly 18, 2017
    1,520 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,520 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,520 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,520 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,520 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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  • Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

    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 powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

    CONKJuly 15, 2017
    3,106 votes, average: 4.94 out of 53,106 votes, average: 4.94 out of 53,106 votes, average: 4.94 out of 53,106 votes, average: 4.94 out of 53,106 votes, average: 4.94 out of 5
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  • 12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

    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 humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.

    CONKJuly 14, 2017
    1,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

    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 to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate.

    CONKJuly 13, 2017
    1,356 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,356 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,356 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,356 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,356 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • Why glass towers are bad for city life — and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

    There’s a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. Rethink your city’s anatomy as Davidson explains how the exteriors of building shape the urban experience — and what we lose when architects stop using the full range of available materials.

    CONKJuly 12, 2017
    1,590 votes, average: 4.32 out of 51,590 votes, average: 4.32 out of 51,590 votes, average: 4.32 out of 51,590 votes, average: 4.32 out of 51,590 votes, average: 4.32 out of 5
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  • How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

    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.

    CONKJuly 11, 2017
    1,570 votes, average: 4.78 out of 51,570 votes, average: 4.78 out of 51,570 votes, average: 4.78 out of 51,570 votes, average: 4.78 out of 51,570 votes, average: 4.78 out of 5
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  • How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut

    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 these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of readers and thinkers.

    CONKJune 24, 2017
    1,018 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,018 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,018 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,018 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,018 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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  • No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    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 community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.

    CONKJune 23, 2017
    548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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  • Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

    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 Brooklyn.

    CONKJune 22, 2017
    1,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 5
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  • The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    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.

    CONKJune 21, 2017
    1,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 5
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  • How pollution is changing the ocean’s chemistry | Triona McGrath

    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 dive into an oceanographer’s world.

    CONKJune 20, 2017
    1,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

    In between live performances of “This Too Shall Pass” and “The One Moment,” lead singer and director Damian Kulash takes us inside the band’s creative process, showing us how to look for wonder and surprise.

    CONKJune 17, 2017
    1,671 votes, average: 4.87 out of 51,671 votes, average: 4.87 out of 51,671 votes, average: 4.87 out of 51,671 votes, average: 4.87 out of 51,671 votes, average: 4.87 out of 5
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