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The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul
The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul
The most important infrastructure we have is educated minds, says former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Yet too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as bridges and roads, when it's the minds of our children that will really create a brighter future. In this sharp talk, she shares actionable ideas to ensure that ev...
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut -- the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens -- as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind it, including its connection to mental health. It turns out, looking closer at something we might shy away from can leave us feeling more fearless and...
Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor
Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor
"My science fiction has different ancestors -- African ones," says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her "Binti" series and her novel "Lagoon," Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roots of her work -- and how she opens strange doors through her Afrofuturist writing. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks chann...
How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan
How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan
Congratulations! By being here, alive, you are one of history's winners -- the culmination of a success story four billion years in the making. The other 99 percent of species who have ever lived on earth are dead -- killed by fire, flood, asteroids, ice, heat and the cold math of natural selection. How did we get so lucky, and will we continue to ...
Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? | Tim Kruger
Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? | Tim Kruger
Could we cure climate change? Geoengineering researcher Tim Kruger wants to try. He shares one promising possibility: using natural gas to generate electricity in a way that takes carbon dioxide out of the air. Learn more -- both the potential and the risks -- about this controversial field that seeks creative, deliberate and large-scale interventi...
The future of storytelling | Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers
The future of storytelling | Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers
"We all feel a compelling need to watch stories, to tell stories ... to discuss the things that tell each one of us that we are not alone in the world," says TV titan Shonda Rhimes. A dominant force in television since "Grey's Anatomy" hit the airwaves, Rhimes discusses the future of media networks, how she's using her narrative-building skills as ...
We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci
We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci
We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren...
The awful logic of land mines -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista
The awful logic of land mines -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista
Fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia has left the countryside riddled with land mines that maim and kill innocent people who happen across them. To help keep communities safe from harm, TED Resident Carlos Bautista is developing an app to track land mines -- and direct travelers away from them. Learn more about how this potentially life-saving...
How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford
How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford
Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for separating income from traditional work and instituting a universal basic income. Check out mo...
How diversity makes teams more innovative | Rocío Lorenzo
How diversity makes teams more innovative | Rocío Lorenzo
Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out -- and the answer was a clear yes. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative *ideas* by treating diversity as a compe...