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Top 10 TEDTalks

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(From June 2006 - June 2008, 50 million TEDTalks were watched worldwide. These 10 proved most popular ...) Al Gore: I want to focus on what many of you have said you would like me to elaborate on. What can you do about the climate crisis? Ken Robinson: Actually, we lived in a place called Snitterfield, just outside Stratford, which is where Shakespeare's father was born. Are you struck by a new thought? I was. You don't think about Shakespeare having a father, do you? Do you? Because you don't think of Shakespeare being a child. Do you? Shakespeare being seven. I never thought of it. I mean, he was seven at some point. He was in somebody's English class, wasn't he? (Laughter) Really. How annoying would that be? (Laughter) "Must try harder." Jill Bolte Taylor: And imagine all of the relationships in the external world and any stressors related to any of those, they were gone. And I felt this sense of peacefulness. And imagine what it would feel like to lose 37 years of emotional baggage! (Laughter) Oh! I felt euphoria. And in that moment my right arm went totally paralyzed by my side. Then I realized, oh my gosh! I'm having a stroke. I'm having a stroke. And then the next thing my brain says to me is, "Wow, this is so cool! This is so cool!" How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out? And then it crosses my mind: "But I'm a very busy woman!" Jeff Han: Obviously this is kind of a scanning keyboard but I can re-scale to make it work for my hands. And that's really important because there's no reason in this day and age that we should be conforming to a physical device. I mean, that leads to bad things like RSI. I mean, we have so much technology nowadays that these interfaces should start conforming to us. I kind of cringe at the idea that we're going to introduce a whole new generation of people to computing with this standard mouse-and-windows pointer interface. This is something that, I think, is really the way we should be interacting with machines from this point on. (Applause) David Gallo: Today, we've only explored about three percent -- three percent of what's out there in the oceans. Already we've found the world's highest mountains, the world's deepest valleys, underwater lakes, underwater waterfalls. A lot of that we shared with you from the stage. And in a place we thought no life at all, we find more life, we think, and diversity and density than the tropical rainforest. Which tells us that we don't know much about this planet at all. Here's some algae in the foreground. And an octopus. Isn't that amazing? Arthur Benjamin: Okay, finally, we do 683 squared. That's 700 times 666 plus 17 squared is 466,489. Rev up if I need it, rev up. Take the 466, add that to "fishin" to get ... gee, 328,489. Good! Blaise Aguera y Arcas: What the point here really is is that we can do things with the social environment and link all of that together, all of those photos become linked together and they make something emergent that's greater than the sum of the parts. Each of these orange cones represents an image that was discovered to belong to this model. And so these are all Flickr images and they've all been related spatially in this way. And we can just navigate in this very simple way. (Applause) Johnny Lee: For the most part, the image looks pretty flat and bound to the surface of the screen. But if we turn on head tracking ... the computer can change the image that's on the screen and make it respond to the head movements. So let's switch back to that. (Applause) So this has actually been a little bit startling to the game development community. (Laughter) Because this is about 10 dollars of additional hardware if you already have a Nintendo Wii. Tony Robbins: When you fail to achieve a goal, what's the reason people say they fail to achieve? What do they tell you? Didn't have the knowledge. Didn't have the ... time. Didn't have the ... money. Didn't have the ... Al Gore: Supreme Court. (Laughter) (Applause) Tony Robbins: And -- and -- What do all those, including the Supreme Court, have in common? They are a claim to you missing resources. And they may be accurate. You may not have the money. You may not have the Supreme court. But that is not the defining factor. (Laughter) Hans Rosling: They said the world was still "we" and "them." And "we" is Western World and "them" is Third World. "And what do you mean with 'Western World'?" I said. Well, that's long life and small family. And Third World is short life and large family. So, this is what I could display here. I put fertility rate here. Number of children per woman. One, two, three, four, up to about eight children per woman. We have very good data since 1962 -- 1960 about -- on the size of families in all countries. Here I put life expectancy at birth, from 30 years in some countries up to about 70 years. In 1962 there was really a group of countries here that was industrialized countries, and they had small families and long lives. And these were the developing countries. They had large families and they had relatively short lives. Now, what has happened since 1962? We want to see the change. Are the students right? Is it still two types of countries? Or have these developing countries got smaller families and they live here? Or have they got longer lives and live up there? Let's see. We start the world. And this is all U.N. statistic that has been available. Here we go. Can you see there? It's China there, moving against better health. They're improving there. All the green Latin American countries, they are moving toward smaller families. The yellow ones are the Arabic countries, they get longer life but not larger families. The Africans are the green down here. They still remain here. This is India. Indonesia's moving on pretty fast. And in the '80s here, you have Bangladesh still among the African countries, But now, Bangladesh, it's a miracle that happens in the '80s. The imams start to promote family planning. And they move up into that corner. And in the '90s we have the terrible HIV epidemic that takes down the life expectancy of the African countries and all the rest of the world moves up into the corner where we have long lives and small families, and we have a completely new world. (Applause) Jill Bolte Taylor: ... And I thought that was an Idea Worth Spreading. (Applause)

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Duration: 7 minutes and 30 seconds
Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Views: 2,814
Posted by: tedtalks on Feb 23, 2009

With 50 million views since we started posting video two years ago, TEDTalks have become a powerful cultural force.

To celebrate this milestone, we're releasing a never-before-seen list: the Top 10 TEDTalks of all time, as of June 2008.

With speakers like neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor and global health expert Hans Rosling, the list proves one of the compelling ideas behind TEDTalks: that an unknown speaker with a powerful idea can reach -- and move -- a global audience through the power of quality web video. Links to all 10 talks are found below the video window -- or browse through our Top 10 TEDTalks Theme. Even if you've seen them all, the highlights video below is darn fun.

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