Often times real-life heroes are created by accident. Sarah Kaminsky tells an extraordinarily inspiring story of her father Adolpho and his activity during World War II. After discovering that he had a skill which was desperately needed by the Resistance, he used his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save many lives.…
Using three iPods, which he borrowed from people in the audience, 21st century magician Marco Tempest created illusions through an application that synchronizes videos across multiple screens of mobile devices. It's yet another amazing example of how technology is seeping into our modern world.…
Many of you may have seen the viral video last year of composer Eric Whitacre, who led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. In this TED talk, he shares with us the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premieres tomorrow, April 7 on YouTube.…
Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jump-start Egypt's democratic revolution. He inspired millions of his own people to fight back against tyranny and oppression, as well as the entire world who watched the revolution from the edge of their living room sofas. Speaking at TEDxCairo, Ghonim tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."…
It's hard to truly appreciate JR's street art until you listen to why he does it. The French street artist uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn how you can join in at… Continue
Work-life balance. It's what we all seek after, but so few of us achieve.
TED speaker Nigel Marsh says work-life balance is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. He lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.
Do you agree with what Marsh says? Do you have work-life…Continue
Here at theMET, we feature the works of highly creative people every single day. How and why are these people so creative? Could it possibly be due to the way their brains function?
In this fascinating case study, musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation. He put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all… Continue
Added by Eugene on January 14, 2011 at 8:30am —
I was really moved by this TED Talk by designer Emily Pilloton. It's intriguing to hear how design can be used to teach different subjects at school and how that could lead to rebuilding a whole city.
Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and… Continue
Added by Eugene on November 25, 2010 at 10:26am —
About a week ago, it was announced that JR was awarded the 2011 TED Prize. The French artist travels to neighborhoods, favelas, and villages all around the world, photographing the people who live there, learning their stories, and then pasting the striking images onto massive local canvases: buildings, buses, roads, and bridges. Here's a great video that gives us a look at what inspires… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 27, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Ze Frank is a "creative genius." The type of interactive projects he creates with his online viewers is remarkable...
Ever since his "How to Dance Properly" viral video -- born as a party invite for 17 friends -- hit the Web in 2001, Ze Frank has been making people giggle, guffaw, and gasp out loud whilst procrastinating at work. He defines, in many ways, the genre of online comedy, and continues to innovate madly on the… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 20, 2010 at 10:30am —
People like Sebastian Seung inspire me. Seung is a leader in the new field of "connectomics," currently the hottest space in neuroscience, which studies, in once-impossible detail, the wiring of the brain.
In the brain, neurons are connected into a complex network. Sebastian Seung and his lab at MIT are inventing technologies for identifying and describing the "connectome," the totality of connections between the brain's neurons -- think of it as the wiring… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 30, 2010 at 11:00am —
After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 11, 2010 at 2:00am —
If I had to put my money on it, I would bet that this video fetures the most brilliant invention you will see today...
Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 10, 2010 at 9:00am —
The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of… Continue
Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. In this fascinating TED Talk, he shares his amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, and shows how powerful images can help make… Continue
Added by Eugene on June 4, 2010 at 11:30am —
Roz Savage is quite the inspiration. Five years ago, Roz quit her high-powered London job to become an ocean rower. She's crossed the Atlantic solo, and just started the third leg of a Pacific solo row, the first for a woman.
Why does she do it? When not on the open seas, Roz is a passionate environmental campaigner, focused on sustainability and ending plastic pollution. She's working on the new site… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 10, 2010 at 10:00am —
This TED talk by Stephen Wolfram is totally geeky, but if he is able to make all knowledge computational - able to be searched, processed and manipulated - he may be able to explain the physics underlying the universe - and that's pretty… Continue
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 6, 2010 at 11:47am —
Using the viral video of the dancing man at the Sasquatch Music Festival in 2009, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.
Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. A professional musician since 1987, he started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over… Continue