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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.)


  • Academic research is publicly funded — why isn’t it publicly available? | Erica Stone

    In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media.

    CONKApril 20, 2018
  • How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma

    As quantum computing matures, it’s going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it — and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable.

    CONKApril 19, 2018
  • The rhythm of Afrobeat | Sauti Sol

    From Beyoncé to Drake and beyond, the world is rocking to the rhythm of Afrobeat. Feel the music as Kenyan afro-pop superstars Sauti Sol take the TED stage to perform three songs: “Live and Die in Afrika,” “Sura Yako” and “Kuliko Jana.” Check out more TED Talks: 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).

    CONKApril 18, 2018
  • The human stories behind mass incarceration | Eve Abrams

    That’s 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers — predominantly African American — unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.

    CONKApril 17, 2018
  • For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn’t over | Soka Moses

    In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines of the crisis — and reveals the challenges and stigma that thousands of survivors still face.

    CONKApril 15, 2018
  • A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein

    In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.

    CONKApril 14, 2018
  • What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them? | Liz Ogbu

    Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she’s questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress.

    CONKApril 13, 2018
  • Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski

    Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes — a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It’s called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and it’s the medical mystery that Chris Nowinski wants to solve by analyzing brains after death.

    CONKApril 12, 2018
  • What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn

    We’re all against hate, right? We agree it’s a problem — their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate — some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones.

    CONKApril 11, 2018
  • Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek

    The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture — so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities — so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.

    CONKApril 10, 2018
  • The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson

    Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s.

    CONKApril 7, 2018
  • 3 myths about the future of work (and why they’re not true) | Daniel Susskind

    “Will machines replace humans?” This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less — or even no — work?

    CONKApril 6, 2018
  • How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby

    According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren’t proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well?

    CONKApril 5, 2018
  • What a world without prisons could look like | Deanna Van Buren

    Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together to repair that breach.

    CONKApril 4, 2018
  • The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews

    A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she’s paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people.

    CONKApril 3, 2018
  • To solve the world’s biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro

    As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro works to support women and their ideas so they can expand and grow. She introduces us to the Maragoli concept of “isirika” — a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility to care for one another — something she sees women practicing all over the world.

    CONKMarch 31, 2018
  • The wonderful world of life in a drop of water | Tom Zimmerman and Simone Bianco

    “Hold your breath,” says inventor Tom Zimmerman. “This is the world without plankton.” These tiny organisms produce two-thirds of our planet’s oxygen — without them, life as we know it wouldn’t exist.

    CONKMarch 30, 2018
  • How fashion helps us express who we are — and what we stand for | Kaustav Dey

    No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City — but when Nobel laureate Malala wears them, it’s a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest.

    CONKMarch 29, 2018