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  • How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri

    To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it.

    CONKMay 13, 2017
  • Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

    “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.

    CONKMay 12, 2017
  • 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains — an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

    CONKMay 8, 2017
  • The future we’re building — and boring | Elon Musk

    Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

    CONKMay 4, 2017
  • How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

    At the heart of the Milky Way, there’s a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close — even light.

    CONKApril 29, 2017
  • Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.

    CONKApril 26, 2017
  • A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

    From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful.

    CONKApril 19, 2017
  • Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock

    Think: “Operate twice, cut once.” Glimpse the future of surgery in this forward-thinking talk. 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 12, 2017
  • TED Imagines The Future You

    Watch as brilliant TED speakers take the stage at TED2017, coming to a cinema near you this month. Visit for more information.

    CONKApril 8, 2017
  • Adventures of an asteroid hunter | Carrie Nugent

    TED Fellow Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter — part of a group of scientists working to discover and catalog our oldest and most numerous cosmic neighbors. Why keep an eye out for asteroids?

    CONKApril 5, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

    What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology “cancer alarm” that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes.

    CONKMarch 2, 2017
  • What time is it on Mars? | Nagin Cox

    Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States’ rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth’s — has particular, often comical challenges.

    CONKFebruary 25, 2017
  • Help discover ancient ruins — before it’s too late | Sarah Parcak

    Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There’s a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we’ve excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what’s out there.

    CONKFebruary 21, 2017