On the surface, the talk is “TED-like”: the round red carpet, the well-rehearsed speaker, the shadowy audience, the headset mic. But quickly, discordant elements begin to register: the strange parenthetical markings on the floor, the inappropriate audience responses, the fact that the speaker himself is a 10-year-old boy. Welcome to “The Thought Leader,” a satire […]
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This wow of a video premiered today in Berlin at the first TEDSalon in Germany. Filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger, a pioneer in using drones, asked artists and independent filmmakers to pick a Berlin landmark and use camera-equipped drones to capture it on video. Some of them flew the aircraft daringly over places that have never been […]
Transparency isn’t just a nice-to-do for businesses. It’s essential, says Charmian Gooch, the anti-corruption crusader who accepted the TED Prize tonight. On the TED2014 stage, Gooch revealed her wish for the world. “My wish is for us to know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the […]
The theme of TED2014 is “The Next Chapter.” And since it’s our 30th-anniversary conference, we begin with a look back at the chapters that came before. Enjoy this opener video, created by Mac Premo and Oliver Jeffers, which just kicked off Session 1: Liftoff! Follow the action of the session, and the rest of the conference, via […]
DNA. It’s what encodes the genetic material of every living thing. And it also makes a yummy cocktail. This video, which stars TED Fellow synthetic biologist Oliver Medvedik, shows you how to make a delicious adult beverage out of frozen strawberries, pineapple juice and Bacardi 151. Follow the adorably animated instructions, and you’ll be able […]
Watch Theo Jemison’s video of artist Kiel Johnson’s installation “Everyone’s an Architect” at TEDActive 2012. See how the project grows throughout the week, with dozens of collaborators stopping by or spending long hours to help build Johnson’s charming cardboard city — lit up with LEDs powered by human foot traffic and a hand-cranked generator. Music […]
In the new issue of Fast Company, Anya Kamenetz calls TED “the first new top-prestige education brand in more than 100 years.” As she writes in the story titled “How TED Connects the Idea-Hungry Elite”: “The instant popularity of TED talks might say something … promising about both our collective consciousness and our collective attention […]
Tonight, we’re thrilled to announce TED’s newest initative in sharing great ideas with the world: the Open TV Project. Announced this evening at Web 2.0 in San Francisco, the TED Open TV Project will bring TEDTalks to broadcast TV networks around the globe. The TED Open TV Project has already signed up dozens of broadcasters […]
Since TED.com launched in 2006, we’ve always aimed to make TEDTalks work across a wide variety of platforms. Anywhere people watch video, we want them to watch TEDTalks. In the past year, smartphones have emerged as a major platform for watching video and web content. And while TEDTalks have always been viewable on the phone […]
< br/> Cast: Audience at TED’s Saturday-morning panel “How to Create a Viral Video.” Hands: Damian Kulash from OK Go. (Proof.) Camera: TED’s Jason Wishnow. Inspiration: Surprised Kitty and her 21 million views on YouTube. (If you’re at SXSWi, come to TED’s Sunday-morning panel: “Offering Your Content in 100 Languages” at 9:30am to learn how […]
Some familiar TED faces appear in the new Time 100 list, listing the world’s most influential people. As always with this great list, look for short, punchy profiles by some well-matched writers and subjects: Bill James on Nate Silver; Bill Gates on Jeff Bezos; Ashton Kutcher on the Twitter Guys … If you want to […]
Ms Alex, a blogger from Leeds, UK, has set an ambitious program of 101 goals for the next 21 months. And Number 32 is: Watch every video on the TED site. In an update, Alex shares the master spreadsheet of talks watched so far, with opinions and ratings. Go, Ms Alex, go!
Exciting news — 35 boxes of TED archive tapes just arrived in our New York office. We’ll be digitizing this footage, re-watching it, and turning it into TEDTalks. We’re thrilled to be able to bring you more talks from the legendary early days of TED. See more archive unboxing photos on flickr >>