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  • The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle June 22, 2018
    Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations, these videos exploit and […]
    James Bridle
  • Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild June 21, 2018
    What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross stuff" and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. "When we […]
    Anna Rothschild
  • How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings June 21, 2018
    Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" -- but not without taking its fair share of risks. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings discusses the […]
    Reed Hastings
  • How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod June 20, 2018
    The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps, rescue boats and the shorelines of Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees (a […]
    Essam Daod
  • Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum June 19, 2018
    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 […]
    Poppy Crum
  • The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal June 18, 2018
    In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males -- generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping -- and sheds light on the power struggles […]
    Frans de Waal
  • Can home cooking change the world? | Gastón Acurio June 18, 2018
    When Gastón Acurio started his now world-famous restaurant Astrid & Gastón in the 1990s, no one suspected that he would elevate the Peruvian home-cooking he grew up with to haute cuisine. Nearly thirty years and a storied career later, the chef wants the rest of us to embrace our culinary roots and transform the world […]
    Gastón Acurio
  • Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty June 15, 2018
    Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we're a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process -- and not the end of the line. "We're not the goal of evolution," Chakrabarty says. "Think […]
    Prosanta Chakrabarty
  • How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile June 14, 2018
    In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we're erasing the very struggles that […]
    Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
  • The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni June 14, 2018
    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 […]
    Giada Gerboni
  • How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark June 13, 2018
    Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we're restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT physicist and AI researcher Max Tegmark separates the real opportunities and threats from the myths, describing the concrete steps we […]
    Max Tegmark
  • What we'll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques June 12, 2018
    In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease -- like lasers that drill tiny holes in our skulls and allow probes to study the […]
    Sam Rodriques
  • The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal June 12, 2018
    In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of […]
    Jason B. Rosenthal
  • Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr June 11, 2018
    Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs -- […]
    John Doerr
  • The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean's twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik June 8, 2018
    What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface? Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wants to find out. In this wonder-filled talk, she shares her plan to investigate these uncharted waters, which may hold a million new species and 90 […]
    Heidi M. Sosik
  • Inside the fight against Russia's fake news empire | Olga Yurkova June 7, 2018
    When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we've lost in our journalists, leaders and institutions. Learn more about the fight against […]
    Olga Yurkova
  • Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve | Enric Sala June 6, 2018
    What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas -- some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country -- by creating a giant marine reserve that […]
    Enric Sala
  • How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green June 6, 2018
    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 […]
    Yasmin Green
  • What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig June 5, 2018
    If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials -- a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with […]
    Brett Hennig
  • The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski June 5, 2018
    Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she's put it to […]
    Chera Kowalski