FEEDBACK

Display Shows:

My Language:

TED Theme: Tales of Invention

TED has always loved a good creation story. No matter the scale -- kitchen, continent, or solar system -- invention grants us access to the frontiers of our understanding. Legendary designer Philippe Starck's lively ruminations on his own creative process suggest how the patterns of ...

TED has always loved a good creation story. No matter the scale -- kitchen, continent, or solar system -- invention grants us access to the frontiers of our understanding. Legendary designer Philippe Starck's lively ruminations on his own creative process suggest how the patterns of a civilization might affect, say, the design of a citrus juicer. Jan Chipchase investigates the worldwide impact of mobile phones -- and the impact of culture on next-generation mobile technology. Explorer and adventurer Bill Stone, meanwhile, fires up a rapt audience with his ambitious plan to harvest energy from the moon. Copyright lawyer Larry Lessig gives a brief history of creative freedom and copyright, and talks about how contemporary copyright law could strangle future artistic invention and interpretation. William Kamkwamba tells how he built a windmill from scrap metal when he was 14 years old. And Amy Smith shares her transformative low-tech tools for saving life in the developing world.

Show all Visit Show Website http://www.ted.com/themes/view/i...

Avg. 4.2 with 171 ratings

Recently Aired


  • HD

    Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

    Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas ...

    Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

    Nov 15, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

    Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip ...

    Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.

    Nov 6, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me

    Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock ...

    Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.

    Oct 30, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones

    Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase's investigation into the ways we interact ...

    Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase's investigation into the ways we interact with technology has led him from the villages of Uganda to the insides of our pockets. He's made some unexpected discoveries along the way.

    Oct 18, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Hod Lipson: Building "self-aware" robots

    Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, ...

    Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

    Oct 11, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

    Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he ...

    Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.

    Sep 6, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

    When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William ...

    When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

    Jul 31, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Allison Hunt: How to get (a new) hip

    When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new ...

    When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new hip -- and that Canada’s national health care system would require her to spend nearly 2 years on a waiting list (and in pain) -- she took matters into her own hands.

    Jul 24, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game

    In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest ...

    In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

    Jul 17, 2007 Read more
  • HD

    Bill Stone: I'm going to the moon. Who's with me?

    Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s ...

    Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.

    Jun 27, 2007 Read more
Loading...