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Some of the world's leading inventors and researchers share demos, breakthroughs and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Episode Date
The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver | Chris Gerdes
00:10:47
Autonomous cars are coming -- and they're going to drive better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ZZbfvxzkh1c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 11, 2012
The cheap all-terrain wheelchair | Amos Winter
00:11:14
How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that's cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/e7ymrPkC30c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 20, 2012
10 top time-saving tech tips | David Pogue
00:05:44
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/efPrGIgbm2c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 26, 2013
How I hacked online dating | Amy Webb
00:17:27
Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would do: she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life -- with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/FAj8E0eYBso" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 02, 2013
Life in the "digital now" | Abha Dawesar
00:12:01
One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/gvp5CIUBHfU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 30, 2013
Ecology from the air | Greg Asner
00:13:50
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail -- what he calls "a very high-tech accounting system" of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ff-SYeQPh1Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 19, 2013
Meet the robots for humanity | Henry Evans
00:10:21
Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life to the full. He shows off a nimble little quadrotor drone, created by a team led by Chad Jenkins, that gives him the ability to once again stroll a garden, visit a campus or give a TEDx Talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/NB5zLqUixes" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 20, 2013
No roads? There's a drone for that | Andreas Raptopoulos
00:09:13
A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses electric autonomous flying machines to deliver medicine, food, goods and supplies wherever they are needed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/qKYvQY6i_0Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 21, 2013
My underwater robot | David Lang
00:04:28
David Lang is a maker who taught himself to become an amateur oceanographer -- or, he taught a robot to be one for him. In a charming talk Lang, a TED Fellow, shows how he and a network of ocean lovers teamed up to build open-sourced, low-cost underwater explorers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/KfUoKbpf7u8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 05, 2013
How to build an information time machine | Frederic Kaplan
00:10:20
Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1,000 years.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/EockKNNk4Io" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 09, 2014
The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ... | Dan Berkenstock
00:09:44
We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/iq69RSbxy-k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 04, 2014
You don't need an app for that | Toby Shapshak
00:07:54
Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/druMv_ltSdo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 13, 2014
Your social media "likes" expose more than you think | Jennifer Golbeck
00:09:55
Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so cute -- and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/cEO2wpcVuiE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 03, 2014
Protecting Twitter users (sometimes from themselves) | Del Harvey
00:09:19
Del Harvey heads up Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team, and she thinks all day about how to prevent worst-case scenarios -- abuse, trolling, stalking -- while giving voice to people around the globe. With deadpan humor, she offers a window into how she works to keep 240 million users safe.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_e_QMndMMCQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 27, 2014
The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets | Jeremy Kasdin
00:06:38
Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/GgYdWRaIqnQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 17, 2014
The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands | James Patten
00:06:12
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/mxk2vzCXVs8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 24, 2014
Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein
00:14:53
When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/tQ9CJ3MA8Pg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 29, 2014
How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy | Chris Kluwe
00:09:11
Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field -- and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/YjPEcoHsJVA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 22, 2014
Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil
00:09:52
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/4IKo8wp12Po" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 02, 2014
Hackers: the Internet's immune system | Keren Elazari
00:16:39
The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/VLsoHzE-suA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 10, 2014
What's next in 3D printing | Avi Reichental
00:09:04
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/T9FVJuc8xAQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 18, 2014
What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd? | Lorrie Faith Cranor
00:17:41
Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users -- and secured sites -- make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without compromising the security of any users? That's a story in itself. It's secret data worth knowing, especially if your password is 123456 ...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/f_XYxqVAOyQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 24, 2014
The 1s and 0s behind cyber warfare | Chris Domas
00:16:45
Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what's become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand a chunk of binary code whose purpose and contents they don't know.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/nHSwIg4_MlQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 30, 2014
How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) | Margaret Gould Stewart
00:12:56
Facebook's "like" and "share" buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook's director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/4mTWCFb3uGs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 05, 2014
A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte
00:19:43
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/6hIG7Jvso4k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 08, 2014
A Magna Carta for the web | Tim Berners-Lee
00:06:43
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/u2S1FaL2eMc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 18, 2014
Don't like clickbait? Don't click | Sally Kohn
00:04:36
Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/zS2eUWHm5cA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 28, 2014
A flying camera ... on a leash | Sergei Lupashin
00:06:23
Let's admit it: aerial photo drones and UAVs are a little creepy, and they come with big regulatory and safety problems. But aerial photos can be a powerful way of telling the truth about the world: the size of a protest, the spread of an oil spill, the wildlife hidden in a delta. Sergei Lupashin demos Fotokite, a nifty new way to see the world from on high, safely and under control.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/q8G_riRPEqs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 28, 2014
Social maps that reveal a city's intersections — and separations | Dave Troy
00:05:28
Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who lives there, who they talk to — and who they don’t.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/LbJHawpTqwo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2014
Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting | Bruno Torturra
00:13:35
In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/nTWALtH5y6E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 18, 2014
The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Jeremy Howard
00:19:45
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of "cats.") Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave ... sooner than you probably think.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/DeCuA9JI5m4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 16, 2014
Happy maps | Daniele Quercia
00:07:20
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/3taNxHnd8rE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 06, 2015
Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice | Sarah Bergbreiter
00:06:06
By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/8YOGE_6tq0o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 21, 2015
Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win | Zeynep Tufekci
00:16:14
Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements -- Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong -- to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/rsQSpoOKhPA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 02, 2015
How we found the worst place to park in New York City -- using big data | Ben Wellington
00:11:48
City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/WGTjG_ycAqM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 26, 2015
The problem with "trickle-down techonomics" | Jon Gosier
00:06:04
Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of "trickle-down techonomics," and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it's not equally distributed. As he says, "the real innovation is in finding ways to include everyone."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/sEmH45y0aOw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 02, 2015
What can save the rainforest? Your used cell phone | Topher White
00:09:30
The sounds of the rainforest include: the chirps of birds, the buzz of cicadas, the banter of gibbons. But in the background is the almost-always present sound of a chainsaw, from illegal loggers. Engineer Topher White shares a simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation — that starts with your old cell phone.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/zSrybHqXI2E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 03, 2015
What if 3D printing was 100x faster? | Joseph DeSimone
00:10:45
What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over ... slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique -- inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 -- that's 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/l4Lc9SlY8Iw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 19, 2015
How we're teaching computers to understand pictures | Fei-Fei Li
00:17:58
When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art -- including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures -- and the key insights yet to come.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/P4AgvtxAbVc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 23, 2015
How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine | Chris Milk
00:10:16
Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/wSMOgfFSWBs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 22, 2015
What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | Nick Bostrom
00:16:31
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will they have values of their own?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/og-KTR9wG-Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 27, 2015
New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties | Abe Davis
00:17:57
Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. New technology shows that we can pick up on these vibrations and actually re-create sound and conversations just from a video of a seemingly still object. But now Abe Davis takes it one step further: Watch him demo software that lets anyone interact with these hidden properties, just from a simple video.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/9qAboFmNfqQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 05, 2015
My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality | Martine Rothblatt
00:21:04
The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/WVq9bazf1JE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 18, 2015
The first secret of design is ... noticing | Tony Fadell
00:16:41
As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing -- and driving -- change.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/jYJe1J30WoY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 03, 2015
This app knows how you feel -- from the look on your face | Rana el Kaliouby
00:11:04
Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives -- how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions. Yet they're absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no way of knowing how we feel. Scientist Rana el Kaliouby aims to change that. She demos a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. This "emotion engine" has big implications, she says, and could change not just how we interact with machines -- but with each other.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Ph5boqnbaJQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 15, 2015
How a driverless car sees the road | Chris Urmson
00:15:29
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. In 2015, Chris Urmson was head of Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_uYkp5soBc8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 26, 2015
The math behind basketball's wildest moves | Rajiv Maheswaran
00:12:08
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_xmPkThbgsQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 06, 2015
A visual history of human knowledge | Manuel Lima
00:12:49
How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data -- from languages to dynasties -- using trees and networks of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/-lsgoLxLOAA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 18, 2015
These robots come to the rescue after a disaster | Robin Murphy
00:08:59
When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely -- and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/JvnRKT0lUf8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 27, 2015
This telescope might show us the beginning of the universe | Wendy Freedman
00:15:38
When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Aed8acy0Ohc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 31, 2015
Design at the intersection of technology and biology | Neri Oxman
00:17:36
Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/omhmwqXUdBM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 07, 2015
The future of flying robots | Vijay Kumar
00:13:09
At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and make water management smarter.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/aIMwNyllBQY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 13, 2015
An Internet without screens might look like this | Tea Uglow
00:08:23
Designer Tea Uglow is creating a future in which humanity's love for natural solutions and simple tools can coexist with our need for information and the devices that provide us with it. "Reality is richer than screens," she says. "We can have a happy place filled with the information we love that feels as natural as switching on lightbulb."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/2YQZkL3JvwM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 22, 2015
Forget Wi-Fi. Meet the new Li-Fi Internet | Harald Haas
00:07:24
What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can't support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide. Take a look at what the future of the Internet could look like.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/nKsP9-Fbd7E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 05, 2015
The moral bias behind your search results | Andreas Ekström
00:09:18
Search engines have become our most trusted sources of information and arbiters of truth. But can we ever get an unbiased search result? Swedish author and journalist Andreas Ekström argues that such a thing is a philosophical impossibility. In this thoughtful talk, he calls on us to strengthen the bonds between technology and the humanities, and he reminds us that behind every algorithm is a set of personal beliefs that no code can ever completely eradicate.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/z6wDskW95uI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 10, 2015
The future of news? Virtual reality | Nonny de la Peña
00:09:27
What if you could experience a story with your entire body, not just with your mind? Nonny de la Peña is working on a new form of journalism that combines traditional reporting with emerging virtual reality technology to put the audience inside the story. The result is an evocative experience that de la Peña hopes will help people understand the news in a brand new way.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/D5RY4_wIj3w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 17, 2015
How new technology helps blind people explore the world | Chieko Asakawa
00:09:29
How can technology help improve our quality of life? How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision? Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who's been blind since the age of fourteen, is working on answering these questions. In a charming demo, she shows off some new technology that's helping blind people explore the world ever more independently ... because, she suggests, when we design for greater accessibility, everyone benefits.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/HrLwRd7dkeg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 03, 2015
How germs travel on planes -- and how we can stop them | Raymond Wang
00:06:28
Raymond Wang is only 17 years old, but he's already helping to build a healthier future. Using fluid dynamics, he created computational simulations of how air moves on airplanes, and what he found is disturbing -- when a person sneezes on a plane, the airflow actually helps to spread pathogens to other passengers. Wang shares an unforgettable animation of how a sneeze travels inside a plane cabin as well as his prize-winning solution: a small, fin-shaped device that increases fresh airflow in airplanes and redirects pathogen-laden air out of circulation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/WdOtNxnGT4E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 10, 2015
Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers | Rodrigo Bijou
00:09:28
The Internet has transformed the front lines of war, and it's leaving governments behind. As security analyst Rodrigo Bijou shows, modern conflict is being waged online between non-state groups, activists and private corporations, and the digital landscape is proving to be fertile ground for the recruitment and radicalization of terrorists. Meanwhile, draconian surveillance programs are ripe for exploitation. Bijou urges governments to end mass surveillance programs and shut "backdoors" -- and he makes a bold call for individuals to step up.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/oPiyzMH7Szk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 21, 2015
How to use data to make a hit TV show | Sebastian Wernicke
00:12:25
Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn't always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when we make decisions based purely on data -- and suggests a brainier way to use it.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/HPHLHBw1MvA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 05, 2016
This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch
00:09:48
Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/KCfTEliIayk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 08, 2016
Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it | Sean Follmer
00:09:22
What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/gh3Wb9aZ_Ko" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 09, 2016
Can a computer write poetry? | Oscar Schwartz
00:10:56
If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry -- and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/jeajJPjlTnI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 20, 2016
A delightful way to teach kids about computers | Linda Liukas
00:11:03
Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/3PrcSjwP1qg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 01, 2016
A robot that runs and swims like a salamander | Auke Ijspeert
00:14:10
Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don't just mimic the natural world -- they help us understand our own biology better, unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/lGPl6948c4Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 28, 2016
This computer will grow your food in the future | Caleb Harper
00:15:55
What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper's "food computers" and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/UdqfwnQ8d98" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 08, 2016
Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future | Raffaello D'Andrea
00:11:35
When you hear the word "drone," you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight -- from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that's ambivalent to orientation ... to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/x38Z_FjrlmE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 19, 2016
How Airbnb designs for trust | Joe Gebbia
00:15:51
Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another's homes. How did he overcome the stranger-danger bias? Through good design. Now, 123 million hosted nights (and counting) later, Gebbia sets out his dream for a culture of sharing in which design helps foster community and connection instead of isolation and separation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/K9LqAw7CMqw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 14, 2016
A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset | Meron Gribetz
00:10:54
What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality headset that makes it possible for users to see, grab and move holograms just like physical objects, Meron Gribetz hopes to extend our senses through a more natural machine. Join Gribetz as he takes the TED stage to demonstrate the reality-shifting Meta 2 for the first time. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/UPG9JiaWQIE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 18, 2016
A futuristic vision of the age of holograms | Alex Kipman
00:19:05
Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. Featuring Q&A with TED's Helen Walters.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Iwa7n_iIK5A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 25, 2016
The mind behind Linux | Linus Torvalds
00:21:30
Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice -- first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. "I'm perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds ... but I'm looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that's right in front of me before I fall in."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/97YZnz4GaUo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 08, 2016
How a start-up in the White House is changing business as usual | Haley Van Dyck
00:15:15
Haley Van Dyck is transforming the way America delivers critical services to everyday people. At the United States Digital Service, Van Dyck and her team are using lessons learned by Silicon Valley and the private sector to improve services for veterans, immigrants, the disabled and others, creating a more awesome government along the way. "We don't care about politics," she says. "We care about making government work better, because it's the only one we've got."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/h0kmbRnjcus" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2016
A sci-fi vision of love from a 318-year-old hologram | Monica Byrne
00:12:38
Science fiction writer Monica Byrne imagines rich worlds populated with characters who defy our racial, social and gender stereotypes. In this performance, Byrne appears as a hologram named Pilar, transmitting a story of love and loss back to us from a near future when humans have colonized the universe. "It's always funny what you think the future is going to be like versus what it turns out to be," she says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/W2EPSRbyrbE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 05, 2016
How better tech could protect us from distraction | Tristan Harris
00:14:55
How often does technology interrupt us from what we really mean to be doing? At work and at play, we spend a startling amount of time distracted by pings and pop-ups -- instead of helping us spend our time well, it often feels like our tech is stealing it away from us. Design thinker Tristan Harris offers thoughtful new ideas for technology that creates more meaningful interaction. He asks: "What does the future of technology look like when you're designing for the deepest human values?"<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/oS14FkNoGNI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 17, 2016
The birth of virtual reality as an art form | Chris Milk
00:17:34
Chris Milk uses innovative technologies to make personal, interactive, human stories. Accompanied by Joshua Roman on cello and McKenzie Stubbert on piano, Milk traces his relationship to music and art -- from the first moment he remembers putting on headphones to his current work creating breakthrough virtual reality projects. VR is the last medium for storytelling, he says, because it closes the gap between audience and storyteller. To illustrate, he brought the TED audience together in the world's largest collective VR experience. Join them and take part in this interactive talk by getting a Google Cardboard and downloading the experience at with.in/TED.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/flNkOuEvuOI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 16, 2016
How computers are learning to be creative | Blaise Agüera y Arcas
00:17:34
We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity -- and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: spectacular, hallucinatory collages (and poems!) that defy categorization. "Perception and creativity are very intimately connected," Agüera y Arcas says. "Any creature, any being that is able to do perceptual acts is also able to create."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/PZPCD6Evfa4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 28, 2016
A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food | Lisa Dyson
00:11:55
We're heading for a world population of 10 billion people -- but what will we all eat? Lisa Dyson rediscovered an idea developed by NASA in the 1960s for deep-space travel, and it could be a key to reinventing how we grow food.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/pzy-5Z_m4o0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 18, 2016
Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations -- with satellites | Sarah Parcak
00:06:59
Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the world's hidden heritage. In this talk, she offers a preview of the first place they'll look: Peru -- the home of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines and other archaeological wonders waiting to be discovered.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/oUL--ZPzfxc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 17, 2016
The agony of trying to unsubscribe | James Veitch
00:07:40
It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/hCqNBVZdrI8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 02, 2016
Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why | Helen Fisher
00:19:05
In our tech-driven, interconnected world, we've developed new ways and rules to court each other, but the fundamental principles of love have stayed the same, says anthropologist Helen Fisher. Our faster connections, she suggests, are actually leading to slower, more intimate relationships. At 12:20, couples therapist and relationship expert Esther Perel steps in to make an important point -- that while love itself stays the same, technology has affected the way we form and end relationships.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/vpSz-WMs7dA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 30, 2016
Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris
00:14:27
Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/5iR-rvzQvUY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 29, 2016
How we talk about sexual assault online | Ione Wells
00:14:09
We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture of online shaming.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/5a7cM0JyHI4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 10, 2016
Machine intelligence makes human morals more important | Zeynep Tufekci
00:17:42
Machine intelligence is here, and we're already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don't fit human error patterns -- and in ways we won't expect or be prepared for. "We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines," she says. "We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/sbgpQdwGdw0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 19, 2016
What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj
00:11:31
What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks of suspended magnetic pods that could help make the dream of a dynamic, driverless world into a reality.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/aCBySvzq_uk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 24, 2016
Your smartphone is a civil rights issue | Christopher Soghoian
00:07:44
The smartphone you use reflects more than just personal taste ... it could determine how closely you can be tracked, too. Privacy expert and TED Fellow Christopher Soghoian details a glaring difference between the encryption used on Apple and Android devices and urges us to pay attention to a growing digital security divide. "If the only people who can protect themselves from the gaze of the government are the rich and powerful, that's a problem," he says. "It's not just a cybersecurity problem -- it's a civil rights problem."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ev-MzXrsMQ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 31, 2016
The playful wonderland behind great inventions | Steven Johnson
00:07:25
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn't emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Share this captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention. Turns out, you'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/5CToOt_H3Nw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 16, 2016
How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Kevin Kelly
00:13:44
"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/KnAwnUjxt3I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 13, 2016
Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet | Dan Bricklin
00:12:00
Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/C_1kCbyX0kU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 11, 2017
How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control | Ashley Judd
00:16:10
Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/NbdREecCz_k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 18, 2017
Where is cybercrime really coming from? | Caleb Barlow
00:14:27
Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. His solution? We need to respond to cybercrime with the same collective effort as we apply to a health care crisis, sharing timely information on who is infected and how the disease is spreading. If we're not sharing, he says, then we're part of the problem.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/RqgZ6SVzdYo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 25, 2017
The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti
00:15:23
What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more -- all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/uqXRVmHVCy4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2017
Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late | Sarah Parcak
00:21:48
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. Now, with the 2016 TED Prize and an infectious enthusiasm for archaeology, she's developed an online platform called GlobalXplorer that enables anyone with an internet connection to discover unknown sites and protect what remains of our shared human inheritance.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/w--MYmePqF0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 30, 2017
Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch
00:10:20
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 human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/LoIT4-KqXoI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 17, 2017
How I'm fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini
00:08:44
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. Now she's on a mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the "coded gaze." It's an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding ... as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ClXFR6Avr_c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 09, 2017
The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk
00:40:50
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.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/w8AdahYhh4o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 30, 2017
3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell
00:17:35
How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty. Hear his vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other human values.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Lkeh9E8HzGI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 15, 2017
How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning
00:07:08
We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He's built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Learn more about the trial and error process behind his invention and take flight with Browning in an unforgettable demo.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/2Ou8jyRipLI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 13, 2017
Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain
00:14:41
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? Jain's projects show why it's important to fight for the world we want. Catch a glimpse of possible futures in this eye-opening talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/cz1YmQ1JIu4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 19, 2017
Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter
00:09:29
What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable -- and what you can do about it.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ZGaoy2RbkD0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 14, 2017
The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang
00:16:12
Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on "thick data" -- precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people -- to make the right business decisions and thrive in the unknown.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Mrv4j1Ap0RM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 19, 2017
What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan
00:13:35
Should your driverless car kill you if it means saving five pedestrians? In this primer on the social dilemmas of driverless cars, Iyad Rahwan explores how the technology will challenge our morality and explains his work collecting data from real people on the ethical trade-offs we're willing (and not willing) to make.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ZWLQYMpI3fQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 22, 2017
Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert
00:14:33
That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver packages. Join Raibert for a live demo of SpotMini, a nimble robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs -- and could soon be helping you out around the house.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/2-M5ImUTx9g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 31, 2017
How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph Redmon
00:07:37
Ten years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy. How? Joseph Redmon works on the YOLO (You Only Look Once) system, an open-source method of object detection that can identify objects in images and video -- from zebras to stop signs -- with lightning-quick speed. In a remarkable live demo, Redmon shows off this important step forward for applications like self-driving cars, robotics and even cancer detection.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/LTqVuzRmlZw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 04, 2017
How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom Gruber
00:09:46
How smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make "humanistic AI" that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman performance in perception, creativity and cognitive function -- from turbocharging our design skills to helping us remember everything we've ever read and the name of everyone we've ever met. "We are in the middle of a renaissance in AI," Gruber says. "Every time a machine gets smarter, we get smarter."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/4sq-0VCZi5g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 07, 2017
The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil
00:13:18
Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_oLu2jrcBso" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 22, 2017
Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai
00:13:37
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/5QOC_gPPBGo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 30, 2017
What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson
00:12:16
Meet the "ems" -- machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from. Futurist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast computers and copying themselves to multitask, leaving humans with only one choice: to retire, forever. Glimpse a strange future as Hanson describes what could happen if robots ruled the earth.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/rxm3-eUD8vM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 24, 2017
What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal
00:10:51
Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking -- but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature? Robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal studies the collective intelligence displayed by insects and fish schools, seeking to understand their rules of engagement. In a visionary talk, she presents her work creating artificial collective power and previews a future where swarms of robots work together to build flood barriers, pollinate crops, monitor coral reefs and form constellations of satellites.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/BrGS_JFUOBI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2017
Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil
00:11:07
Don't believe predictions that say the future is trending towards city living. Urbanization is actually reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, and soon more people will be choosing to live (and work) in the countryside, thanks to rapid advances in augmented reality, autonomous delivery, off-the-grid energy and other technologies. Think outside city walls and consider the advantages of country living with this forward-thinking talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/VFqsOfjzBWE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 27, 2017
How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo
00:08:39
With more than half of the world population living in cities, one thing is undeniable: we are an urban species. Part game, part urban planning sketching tool, "Cities: Skylines" encourages people to use their creativity and self-expression to rethink the cities of tomorrow. Designer Karoliina Korppoo takes us on a tour through some extraordinary places users have created, from futuristic fantasy cities to remarkably realistic landscapes. What does your dream city look like?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/54Lq4v4_qIQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 22, 2017
How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford
00:14:37
Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for separating income from traditional work and instituting a universal basic income.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/kbPpG9wPTDY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 26, 2017
The awful logic of land mines -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista
00:06:03
Fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia has left the countryside riddled with land mines that maim and kill innocent people who happen across them. To help keep communities safe from harm, TED Resident Carlos Bautista is developing an app to track land mines -- and direct travelers away from them. Learn more about how this potentially life-saving tool could promote peace in countries plagued by land mines once conflicts end.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/jIYrg23-Lrk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 26, 2017
We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci
00:22:55
We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us -- and what we can do in response.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/64MP1_i_7wI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 27, 2017
What AI is -- and isn't | Chris Anderson
00:24:21
Educator and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun wants us to use AI to free humanity of repetitive work and unleash our creativity. In an inspiring, informative conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Thrun discusses the progress of deep learning, why we shouldn't fear runaway AI and how society will be better off if dull, tedious work is done with the help of machines. "Only one percent of interesting things have been invented yet," Thrun says. "I believe all of us are insanely creative ... [AI] will empower us to turn creativity into action."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/aAdbexMDbd4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 30, 2017
How we're using drones to deliver blood and save lives | Keller Rinaudo
00:15:30
Keller Rinaudo wants everyone on earth to have access to basic health care, no matter how hard it is to reach them. With his start-up Zipline, he has created the world's first drone delivery system to operate at national scale, transporting blood and plasma to remote clinics in East Africa with a fleet of electric autonomous aircraft. Find out how Rinaudo and his team are working to transform health care logistics throughout the world -- and inspiring the next generation of engineers along the way.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/6HC8aFrWc10" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 28, 2017
How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions | Scott Galloway
00:19:05
The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation -- and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson. (Note: This talk contains graphic language.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/vlV1Fw2aYxI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 21, 2017
How China is changing the future of shopping | Angela Wang
00:13:38
China is a huge laboratory of innovation, says retail expert Angela Wang, and in this lab, everything takes place on people's phones. Five hundred million Chinese consumers -- the equivalent of the combined populations of the US, UK and Germany -- regularly make purchases via mobile platforms, even in brick-and-mortar stores. What will this transformation mean for the future of shopping? Learn more about the new business-as-usual, where everything is ultra-convenient, ultra-flexible and ultra-social.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/d3b6C4P5000" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 14, 2017
Free yourself from your filter bubbles | John Gable
00:09:18
Joan Blades and John Gable want you to make friends with people who vote differently than you do. A pair of political opposites, the two longtime pals know the value of engaging in honest conversations with people you don't immediately agree with. Join them as they explain how to bridge the gaps in understanding between people on opposite sides of the political spectrum -- and create opportunities for mutual listening and consideration (and, maybe, lasting friendships).<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/6akHh5R_ips" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2017
A vehicle built in Africa, for Africa | Joel Jackson
00:08:17
Joel Jackson wants to reimagine transportation around the needs of the African consumer. He's designed an SUV that's rugged enough for long stretches of uneven terrain and affordable enough to be within reach of those who need it most. Learn more about the challenges of mobility and manufacturing in Africa -- and what a localized motor industry could mean for the future of the continent.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/8qeoMaV_QHI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 19, 2017
The power of citizen video to create undeniable truths | Yvette Alberdingk Thijm
00:12:30
Could smartphones and cameras be our most powerful weapons for social justice? Through her organization Witness, Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is developing strategies and technologies to help activists use video to protect and defend human rights. She shares stories of the growing power of distant witnesses -- and a call to use the powerful tools at our disposal to capture incidents of injustice.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Qdat6rDlcdQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 19, 2017
Mammoths resurrected, geoengineering and other thoughts from a futurist | Chris Anderson
00:30:31
Stewart Brand is a futurist, counterculturist and visionary with a very wide-ranging mind. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Brand discusses ... just about everything: human nature, bringing back the wooly mammoth, geoengineering, rewilding and science as organized skepticism -- plus the story of an acid trip on a San Francisco rooftop in the '60s that sparked a perspective-shifting idea. "The story we're told is that we're the next meteor," Brand says, but "things are capable of getting better."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/CetbR-d5vqY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 05, 2018
What's it like to be a robot? | Leila Takayama
00:12:55
We already live among robots: tools and machines like dishwashers and thermostats so integrated into our lives that we'd never think to call them that. What will a future with even more robots look like? Social scientist Leila Takayama shares some unique challenges of designing for human-robot interactions -- and how experimenting with robotic futures actually leads us to a better understanding of ourselves.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/NfsZPuhPonY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 25, 2018
6 space technologies we can use to improve life on Earth | Danielle Wood
00:10:51
Danielle Wood leads the Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab, where she works to tear down the barriers that limit the benefits of space exploration to only the few, the rich or the elite. She identifies six technologies developed for space exploration that can contribute to sustainable development across the world -- from observation satellites that provide information to aid organizations to medical research on microgravity that can be used to improve health care on Earth. "Space truly is useful for sustainable development for the benefit of all peoples," Wood says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/hDCDGsehXso" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 01, 2018
3 myths about the future of work (and why they're not true) | Daniel Susskind
00:15:47
"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?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/9fbw4K71iBs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 14, 2018
A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer
00:10:15
Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_ild3OM8IEw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 17, 2018
How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell
00:09:56
As a research scientist at Google, Margaret Mitchell helps develop computers that can communicate about what they see and understand. She tells a cautionary tale about the gaps, blind spots and biases we subconsciously encode into AI -- and asks us to consider what the technology we create today will mean for tomorrow. "All that we see now is a snapshot in the evolution of artificial intelligence," Mitchell says. "If we want AI to evolve in a way that helps humans, then we need to define the goals and strategies that enable that path now."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/qMiPkIlot80" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 20, 2018
A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes | Nilay Kulkarni
00:07:45
Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world's largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins. With massive crowds descending on small cities and towns, stampedes inevitably happen, and in 2003, 39 people were killed during the festival. In 2014, then 15-year-old Nilay Kulkarni decided to put his skills as a self-taught programmer to use by building a tech solution to help prevent stampedes. Learn more about his invention -- and how it helped the 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela have zero stampedes and casualties.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/hgD87MXznUo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 21, 2018
A funny look at the unintended consequences of technology | Chuck Nice
00:10:42
Technology should work for us, but what happens when it doesn't? Comedian Chuck Nice explores the unintended consequences of technological advancement and human interaction -- with hilarious results.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/sAyisiAQ1D0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 27, 2018
How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions | Raphael Arar
00:11:20
How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation -- all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ImVY2iJqgzo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 02, 2018
How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma
00:11:53
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. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most sophisticated attacks.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/i5xshwEMmUs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 27, 2018
To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas
00:08:34
What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology -- and how a deeper understanding of the context where it's used can lead us to better solutions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/-8L7q4We-NI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 03, 2018
How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad
00:05:18
TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She tells the story of how she set up Pakistan's first cyber harassment helpline, offering support to women who face serious threats online. "Safe access to the internet is access to knowledge, and knowledge is freedom," she says. "When I fight for a woman's digital rights, I am fighting for equality."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/i1FGfdTHN2A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 17, 2018
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
00:14:54
In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge -- but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a "globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake" companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture -- and how we can undo it. "We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them," he says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/1BN4vlOFBTw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 12, 2018
Let's launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp
00:08:33
When we talk about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide gets the most attention -- but methane, which often escapes unseen from pipes and wells, has a far greater immediate impact on global warming. Environmentalist Fred Krupp has an idea to fix the problem: launch a satellite that tracks global methane emissions, and openly share the data it collects with the public. Learn more about how simple fixes to cut down on this invisible pollutant can help us put the brakes on climate change. (This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of The Audacious Project, TED's new initiative to inspire global change.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/yl2kOJ-51GA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 06, 2018
SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Chris Anderson
00:21:30
What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and the organization's next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars -- but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/uoPyJyjR980" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 23, 2018
Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
00:18:22
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons." (Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/XmEyCbMyPF8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 18, 2018
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
00:13:40
Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that also includes Google) to counter radicalization and online harassment -- including a project that could give commenters real-time feedback about how their words might land, which has already increased spaces for dialogue. "If we ever thought that we could build an internet insulated from the dark side of humanity, we were wrong," Green says. "We have to throw our entire selves into building solutions that are as human as the problems they aim to solve."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/_5IarcQsopE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2018
How we'll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr
00:15:13
Humans will soon have new bodies that forever blur the line between the natural and synthetic worlds, says bionics designer Hugh Herr. In an unforgettable talk, he details "NeuroEmbodied Design," a methodology for creating cyborg function that he's developing at the MIT Media Lab, and shows us a future where we've augmented our bodies in a way that will redefine human potential -- and, maybe, turn us into superheroes. "During the twilight years of this century, I believe humans will be unrecognizable in morphology and dynamics from what we are today," Herr says. "Humanity will take flight and soar."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/qBvyLIENY-A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 30, 2018
Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum
00:12:42
What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how "empathetic technology" can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. "If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide," Crum says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/8gEu4D565iE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 19, 2018
The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni
00:09:27
Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an emerging field that aims to create nimble machines that imitate nature, like a robotic octopus. Learn more about how these flexible structures could play a critical role in surgery, medicine and our daily lives.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/upvuWsrYUn4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2018
How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff
00:08:08
Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform how we get around our cities and towns. "In the past century, flight connected our planet," Lyasoff says. "In the next, it will reconnect our local communities."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ms3T99khoRE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 29, 2018
A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi
00:13:17
At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews a system that captures the reflections of signals like Wi-Fi as they bounce off people, creating a reliable record of vitals for healthcare workers and patients. And in a brief Q&A with TED curator Helen Walters, Katabi discusses safeguards being put in place to prevent people from using this tech to monitor somebody without their consent.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/ca5h06Bu2V4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 12, 2018
What your smart devices know (and share) about you | Surya Mattu
00:09:05
Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising -- and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits -- and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/g2HEANAofGM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 18, 2018
How AI is making it easier to diagnose disease | Pratik Shah
00:04:59
Today's AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient's disease. What if we could drastically reduce the amount of data needed to train an AI, making diagnoses low-cost and more effective? TED Fellow Pratik Shah is working on a clever system to do just that. Using an unorthodox AI approach, Shah has developed a technology that requires as few as 50 images to develop a working algorithm -- and can even use photos taken on doctors' cell phones to provide a diagnosis. Learn more about how this new way to analyze medical information could lead to earlier detection of life-threatening illnesses and bring AI-assisted diagnosis to more health care settings worldwide.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/hz6NOQkhr7k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 24, 2018
Fake videos of real people -- and how to spot them | Supasorn Suwajanakorn
00:07:15
Do you think you're good at spotting fake videos, where famous people say things they've never said in real life? See how they're made in this astonishing talk and tech demo. Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn shows how, as a grad student, he used AI and 3D modeling to create photorealistic fake videos of people synced to audio. Learn more about both the ethical implications and the creative possibilities of this tech -- and the steps being taken to fight against its misuse.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/Gg4NInK2F64" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 25, 2018
What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation | DK Osseo-Asare
00:14:17
In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and putting them together again. Designer and TED Fellow DK Osseo-Asare wondered: What would happen if we connected these self-taught techies with students and young professionals in STEAM fields? The result: a growing maker community where people engage in peer-to-peer, hands-on education, motivated by what they want to create. Learn more about how this African makerspace is pioneering a grassroots circular economy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/wjjw2GuSR2s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 16, 2018
The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface | Will Marshall
00:06:13
What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world's largest fleet of satellites to image the entire Earth every day. Now they're moving on to a new project: using AI to index all the objects on the planet over time -- which could make ships, trees, houses and everything else on Earth searchable, the same way you search Google. He shares a vision for how this database can become a living record of the immense physical changes happening across the globe. "You can't fix what you can't see," Marshall says. "We want to give people the tools to see change and take action."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/h3XVOGfIjPw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 16, 2018
How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains | Mary Lou Jepsen
00:16:50
In a series of mind-bending demos, inventor Mary Lou Jepsen shows how we can use red light to see and potentially stimulate what's inside our bodies and brains. Taking us to the edge of optical physics, Jepsen unveils new technologies that utilize light and sound to track tumors, measure neural activity and could possibly replace the MRI machine with a cheaper, more efficient and wearable system.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTTechnology/~4/hHV8GEvNe0o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 24, 2018