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Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks, given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe, is also available in video format.
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In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today's machines -- and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See how Costello and his fellow cryptographers are racing to reinvent encryption and secure the internet.
Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS -- and her work seeking justice for the survivors. "These victims have been through unimaginable pain. But with a little help, they show how resilient they are," she says. "It is an honor to bear witness; it is a privilege to seek justice." (This talk contains mature content.)
In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical "At Buffalo." Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world's fair held in Buffalo, New York, the show examines conflicting representations of black identity exhibited at the fair -- highlighting unsettlingly familiar parallels between American society at the turn of the century and today, and asking: Are we all still part of the show?
Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser shows how the problems we're encountering on digital platforms aren't all that new -- and shares how, by following the model of thriving towns and cities, we can create trustworthy online communities.
How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an "insider vs. outsider" framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration -- and suggests a set of new questions that could reshape the conversation around whose life, rights and thriving matters.
Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening talk, civil rights lawyer Laura Rovner takes us to ADX, the US federal government's only supermax prison, and describes the dehumanizing effects of long-term solitude on the mind, personality and sense of self. What emerges is an urgent case for abolishing solitary confinement -- and evidence for how our tax dollars, public safety and values are implicated in it. "Prisons are administered in our name and on our behalf," she says. "We have an obligation to bear witness."
As a "corporate suit" (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald's, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find solutions that are good for both business and society. In this actionable talk, he shares stories from the decades-long transition into corporate sustainability at McDonald's -- including his work with unlikely partners like the Environmental Defense Fund and Temple Grandin -- and shows why your adversaries can sometimes be your best allies.
The cells in your body are like computer software: they're "programmed" to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says computational biologist Sara-Jane Dunn. In a talk from the cutting-edge of science, she explains how her team is studying embryonic stem cells to gain a new understanding of the biological programs that power life -- and develop "living software" that could transform medicine, agriculture and energy.
Stories help you make sense of your life -- but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you've been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.
Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of vampire bats in order to forecast and prevent rabies outbreaks. By studying these disease patterns, Streicker shows how we could learn to cut off the next pandemic at its source.
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Comments (762)

Lynn Hurley

How about some different views than radical left ideology. it is getting old.

Nov 8th
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Wilfredo Membrere

the example she used the guy killed a correctional officer though? hes unfit to be in general population. How else would they punish those who break rules in jail? i know its harsh and inhumane but whats the solution?

Nov 8th
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Ashley Jayne Roberts

I gave up at the brag-athon of me me me!

Nov 7th
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Koopa Troopa Poopa

She legitimately sounds like Elastigirl :O

Nov 7th
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SLIM007

This is inhumane not right!!

Nov 6th
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Destiny Caesar Erhabor

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Oct 29th
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Destiny Caesar Erhabor

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Oct 29th
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Destiny Caesar Erhabor

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Oct 29th
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Negin Lotfi

Wow, it was really nice. sweet accent

Oct 26th
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Oct 25th
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Jonathan Love

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Oct 24th
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Bobbie Edwards

My 15 yr old was sentenced to adult prison & we (his sister & me his mom) go every 2 weeks take all his calls. Now they have Tablets so we email. Your testimony gives me courage. Thank you.

Oct 23rd
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Maurice Sawyers

NO if you cant fit something "fashionable" than maybe your big ass needs to lose weight

Oct 22nd
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Flo Töller

Believe it or not: There is and always has been clothes for all sorts of bodyshapes. I don't see a bunch of naked people around on the street. There are even leggings in sizes that shouldn't exist. However, if you're obese or morbidly obese, chances are you'd feel a lot better if you lost weight until you reach a healthy BMI, because you can throw on whatever fashion you want, you'll always be and look obese and that will always negatively affect your mental health.

Oct 22nd
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mohammadbagher aghasi

very good

Oct 21st
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Kendra Nichole

This is an amazing idea that will allow me to keep in touch with my family memebers that are incarcerated, when I am not able to write them!!!! I love this idea so much!!!

Oct 20th
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Babak

WTF I just heard, unbelievable and shocking !

Oct 18th
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Julie Antonic

I'm a returning citizen and now work for Prison Performing Arts Alumni Company in St. Louis. What an AWESOME idea! Thank you!

Oct 18th
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Oct 17th
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Stacy Ewah

such a hopeful talk. it's amazing hearing good people doing good work.

Oct 16th
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