Indiana Jones in the 21st Century: Saturday TEDTalks Playlist

Today’s playlist features modern-day explorers and adventurers: tech-savvy treasure hunters who search not for gold and rubies, but for enlightenment and answers for the future.

To do some exploring yourself, check out David Gallo‘s new Expedition Titanic: an ongoing deep-sea mission to create a 3-D map of the Titanic and preserve its wonders forever.

Robert Ballard searches for the secrets of the sea using new robotic technologies — driven by an overwhelming certainty of the value of life and resources at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Adam Savage is obsessed with off-the-wall artifacts; in particular the dodo bird and the Maltese Falcon. After some creative digging and impressive resourcefulness, he re-creates an unexpected spirit of these prized objects.

  • Jane Poynter shares the story of her 2-year residence in Biosphere 2, exploring how we might preserve a flourishing civilization in impossibly harsh environments.

  • We’d love to hear more of your favorite TEDTalks about adventures of the modern age. Add your suggestions to the comments below, join the conversation on Facebook, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: INDIANA JONES. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

    Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias