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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

So what went down at TED on day two? Well, a lot, as it happens. As curator Chris Anderson commented rather tiredly later, “that was the most intense day of TED I can remember, ever.” Here, a lightning round-up of some of the day’s key moments. Edward Snowden trundles onto stage The first big surprise […]

Live from TED2014

Wish: The speakers in session 4 of TED2014Wish: The speakers in session 4 of TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

What powers the journey to a better future? Some really big wishes, and even bigger ideas. Our speakers in this session all have the tenacity, hope and relentless optimism necessary to believe that we can make progress in solving some of the most intractable problems of our time. Here are the speakers who appeared in […]

Since the Talk

David Christian’s Big History gets much, much … biggerDavid Christian’s Big History gets much, much … bigger

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

David Christian had little idea what was in store when he stepped on the set of The Colbert Report last month. Having lived in Australia for years, Christian wasn’t familiar with the show and its special brand of political satire. And yet, sitting across the table from Stephen Colbert — a perfectly placed Colbert Nation […]


TED teams up with PBS to talk about the high school dropout crisis

Posted By Tedstaff

With fresh thinking and bold ideas, TED and PBS are hosting a one-hour special with talks about the US high school dropout crisis. On May 7 at 10pm, PBS will air the very first televised TED event, TED Talks Education. The event, filmed in New York on April 4, brings together an hour of speakers […]


Innovating to zero! Bill Gates on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 27:49) Watch Bill […]


Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education — transcribed

Posted By Matthew Trost

We’ve transcribed Bill Gates’ talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education and posted the full text below the fold. Here’s a snippet: But we have to be careful because malaria — the parasite evolves and the mosquito evolves. So every tool that we’ve ever had in the past has eventually become ineffective. And so you end […]


How I caught the mosquitoHow I caught the mosquito

Posted By Emily McManus

We had two great editorial photographers at TED2009 in Long Beach — the brilliant Asa Mathat and James Duncan Davidson. As luck would have it, Duncan was the shooter who happened to be in the right place to catch Bill Gates’ now-famous mosquito release. Read how Duncan got the shot. In the enlargement above, it’s […]


Bill Gates' Q&A with Chris Anderson: Video unveiled

Posted By Emily McManus

And here’s the much-discussed Q&A between Bill Gates and TED’s Chris Anderson, which follows Gates’ brand-new TEDTalk. Listen for the answers to more big questions: http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Download the Q&A here: Bill Gates + Chris Anderson Q&A (Standard MP4) Bill Gates + Chris Anderson Q&A (Hi-Res MP4) Bill Gates + Chris Anderson Q&A (Zipped MP4) Read […]


Overnight: TED fan art

Posted By Emily McManus

A few pieces of art cropped up last night after TED2009 Day 2. First, the TED Red Balloon: (If you’ve seen the balloon, write to chris.lost.balloon@ted.com.) … and the Bill Gates Flash game — find it at feverbeater.com, and then take the site’s advice to visit gatesfoundation.org to find out how you can help beat […]


How I'm going to change the world now: Bill Gates on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (Recorded February 2008 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 20:17.) Watch Bill Gates’ talk on TED.com, where […]


TED2009 minutes from Ethan Zuckerman: On Bill Gates

Posted By Tedstaff

Ethan Zuckerman is liveblogging TED2009. Here’s a snippet from his recent musings: “It’s hard to introduce Bill Gates, I suspect. Chris Anderson, our host, explains that Gates hasn’t been at TED since 1992, when he wasn’t very warmly received by the Silicon Valley community. He’s not talking technology today, despite the fact that he’s in […]


Twitter Snapshot: Bill Gates — an optimist and a comedian?

Posted By Tedstaff

We certainly saw a peak of activity on Twitter as Bill Gates gave his TED2009 presentation. There were two main impressions of the talk, both not typical of the technological giant’s image. People came away deeply inspired and amused. Take a look: Gates is such an inspiring change agent. I wish that more people in […]