TED2007

  • March 7-10, 2007
  • Monterey, CA

"Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks." Instead of a subject-matter theme, TED2007 put on stage 50 remarkable people - and let them share whatever they are passionate about.

Speakers

J.J. Abrams

Writer, director, and producer
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The mystery box: J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery -- a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.

The mystery box: J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery -- a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.

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Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Architect of Bing Maps, Microsoft
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Photosynth demo: This is software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

Photosynth demo: This is software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

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Anand Agarawala

Founder and CEO, BumpTop
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BumpTop desktop is a beautiful mess: Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

BumpTop desktop is a beautiful mess: Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered "walls."

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Isabel Allende

Novelist
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Tales of passion: Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

Tales of passion: Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

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Paola Antonelli

Design curator, MoMA
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Treating design as art: Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.

Treating design as art: Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.

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David Bolinsky

Medical animator
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Fantastic voyage inside a cell: Medical animator David Bolinsky presents 3 minutes of stunning animation that show the bustling life inside a cell.

Fantastic voyage inside a cell: Medical animator David Bolinsky presents 3 minutes of stunning animation that show the bustling life inside a cell.

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Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin
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Life at 30,000 feet: Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

Life at 30,000 feet: Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

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Robin Chase

Founder and CEO, GoLoco
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Getting cars off the road and data into the skies: Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world's biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our... More

Getting cars off the road and data into the skies: Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world's biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

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Jan Chipchase

Principal researcher, Nokia
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Our cell phones, ourselves: 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.

Our cell phones, ourselves: 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.

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Caleb Chung

Toy designer
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Come play with Pleo the dinosaur: Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.

Come play with Pleo the dinosaur: Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.

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Bill Clinton

Activist
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TED Prize wish: Let's build a health care system in Rwanda: Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.

TED Prize wish: Let's build a health care system in Rwanda: Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.

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Eames Demetrios

Artist
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The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames: The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.

The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames: The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.

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John Doerr

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Cafield & Byers
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Seeking salvation and profit in greentech: I don't think we're going to make it, John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. Spurred on by his daughter, who demanded he fix the mess the world is heading for, he and his partners.

Seeking salvation and profit in greentech: I don't think we're going to make it, John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. Spurred on by his daughter, who demanded he fix the mess the world is heading for, he and his partners.

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Jonathan Drori

Director, Changing Media Ltd.
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Why we don't understand as much as we think we do: Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

Why we don't understand as much as we think we do: Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

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Ben Dunlap

President, Wolford College
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The story of a passionate life: Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

The story of a passionate life: Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

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Kenichi Ebina

Dancer
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Hip-hop dance and a little magic: Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.

Hip-hop dance and a little magic: Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.

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Paul Ewald

Evolutionary biologiost
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Can we domesticate germs?: Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

Can we domesticate germs?: Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

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Katherine Fulton

President, Monitor Institute
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You are the future of philanthropy: In this uplifting talk, Katherine Fulton sketches the new future of philanthropy -- one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce. Giving five practical... More

You are the future of philanthropy: In this uplifting talk, Katherine Fulton sketches the new future of philanthropy -- one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce. Giving five practical examples of crowd-driven philanthropy, she calls for a new generation of citizen leaders.

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David Gallo

Ocean explorer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Underwater astonishments: David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

Underwater astonishments: David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

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Laurie Garrett

Author
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Laurie Garrett on lessons from the 1918 flu: In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Laurie Garrett on lessons from the 1918 flu: In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

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Murray Gell-Mann

Physicist
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Beauty and truth in physics: Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

Beauty and truth in physics: Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

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Murray Gell-Mann

Physicist
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Do all languages have a common ancestor?: After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.

Do all languages have a common ancestor?: After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.

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Daniel Goleman

Psychologist
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Why aren't we all Good Samaritans? : Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

Why aren't we all Good Samaritans? : Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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Adam Grosser

General partner, Foundation Capital
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A new vision for refrigeration: Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

A new vision for refrigeration: Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.

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Jeff Han

Human-computer interface designer

Jonathan Harris

Designer and technologist
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The Web's secret stories: Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

The Web's secret stories: Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

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David Hoffman

Flimmaker
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Catch Sputnik mania!: Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the world.

Catch Sputnik mania!: Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the world.

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Allison Hunt

Owner, HATCH Research Intelligence
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How I got my new hip: 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.

How I got my new hip: 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.

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Retired basketball player and coach
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Theo Jansen

Artist
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The art of creating creatures: 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.

The art of creating creatures: 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.

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Steve Jurvetson

Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
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The joy of rockets: Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets -- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.

The joy of rockets: Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets -- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.

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Brewster Kahle

Founder and director, Internet Archive
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A digital library, free to the world: Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

A digital library, free to the world: Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

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Maira Kalman

Illustrator
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The illustrated woman: Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.

The illustrated woman: Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.

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Dean Kamen

Founder, DEKA Research and Development
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New prosthetic arm for veterans: Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he's developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

New prosthetic arm for veterans: Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he's developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

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Alan Kay

Educator and computing pioneer
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A powerful idea about teaching ideas: With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -- mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.

A powerful idea about teaching ideas: With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -- mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.

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Paul Koontz

General Partner, Foundation Capital
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Tourist snapshots from North Korea: While on vacation in Asia in 2007, Paul Koontz got the rare chance to spend a few days in North Korea as a tourist. He brought along his kids and his camera. In this talk, he shares his experiences, from quotidian details to grand spectacle.

Tourist snapshots from North Korea: While on vacation in Asia in 2007, Paul Koontz got the rare chance to spend a few days in North Korea as a tourist. He brought along his kids and his camera. In this talk, he shares his experiences, from quotidian details to grand spectacle.

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Stephen Lawler

General Manager, Microsoft's Virtual Earth
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Look! Up in the sky! It's Virtual Earth!: Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

Look! Up in the sky! It's Virtual Earth!: Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gives a whirlwind tour of Virtual Earth, moving up, down and through its hyper-real cityscapes with dazzlingly fluidity, a remarkable feat that requires staggering amounts of data to bring into focus.

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Jaime Lerner

Architect and urban planner
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Sing a song of sustainable cities: Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what's possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Sing a song of sustainable cities: Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what's possible in the metropolitan landscape.

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Larry Lessig

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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How creativity is being strangled by the law: Larry 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.

How creativity is being strangled by the law: Larry 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.

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Hod Lipson

Roboticist
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Robots that are "self-aware": Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

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

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John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design
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Simplicity patterns: The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

Simplicity patterns: The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

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John Markoff

Journalist

Why newspapers still matter (and why tech news belongs on the front page): At the EG conference, John Markoff talks about why newspapers still matter -- even in the days of RSS. He gives an inside look at editorial process at the New York Times, and... More

Why newspapers still matter (and why tech news belongs on the front page): At the EG conference, John Markoff talks about why newspapers still matter -- even in the days of RSS. He gives an inside look at editorial process at the New York Times, and talks about some of his tech stories that should have been front-page news.

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Erin McKean

CEO, Wordnik.com
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Redefining the dictionary: Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

Redefining the dictionary: Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

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Raul Midon

Guitarist and singer
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All the Answers and "Tembererana": Singer/guitarist Raul Midon performs "All the Answers" in a world premiere at TED2007, followed by the sprightly "Tembererana."

All the Answers and "Tembererana": Singer/guitarist Raul Midon performs "All the Answers" in a world premiere at TED2007, followed by the sprightly "Tembererana."

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Raul Midon

Guitarist and singer
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Everybody and "Peace on Earth": Guitarist and singer Raul Midon plays "Everybody" and "Peace on Earth" during his 2007 set at TED.

Everybody and "Peace on Earth": Guitarist and singer Raul Midon plays "Everybody" and "Peace on Earth" during his 2007 set at TED.

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Nathan Myhrvold

Technologist, inventor, entrepreneur
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A life of fascinations: Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.

A life of fascinations: Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.

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James Nachtwey

Photojournalist
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TED Prize wish: Share a vital story with the world: Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

TED Prize wish: Share a vital story with the world: Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's first female Finance Minister
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How to help Africa? Do business there: We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

How to help Africa? Do business there: We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

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Emily Oster

Economist, University of Chicago
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What do we really know about the spread of AIDS?: Emily Oster re-examines the stats on AIDS in Africa from an economic perspective and reaches a stunning conclusion: Everything we know about the spread of HIV on the continent is wrong.

What do we really know about the spread of AIDS?: Emily Oster re-examines the stats on AIDS in Africa from an economic perspective and reaches a stunning conclusion: Everything we know about the spread of HIV on the continent is wrong.

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Steven Pinker

Linguist
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A brief history of violence: Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

A brief history of violence: Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

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David Pogue

Technology columnist, New York Times
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A 4-minute medley on the music wars: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

A 4-minute medley on the music wars: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

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Michael Pollan

Author and professor, University of California, Berkeley
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The omnivore's next dilemma: What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

The omnivore's next dilemma: What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

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Carolyn Porco

Planetary Scientist
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Fly me to the moons of Saturn: Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

Fly me to the moons of Saturn: Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

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Lakshmi Pratury

Founder, Ixoraa Media
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The lost art of letter-writing: Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

The lost art of letter-writing: Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

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Vilayanur Ramachandran

Director, Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego
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A journey to the center of your mind: Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

A journey to the center of your mind: Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

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James Randi

Conjurer
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James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud: Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's... More

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud: Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)

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Rives

Poet
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Is 4 a.m. the new midnight?: Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

Is 4 a.m. the new midnight?: Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

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David S. Rose

Founder, Rose Tech Ventures
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10 things to know before you pitch a VC for money: Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

10 things to know before you pitch a VC for money: Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

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Hans Rosling

Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute
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New insights on poverty and life around the world: Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

New insights on poverty and life around the world: Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

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Paul Rothemund

DNA origamist
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Casting spells with DNA: Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

Casting spells with DNA: Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

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Deborah Scranton

Filmmaker
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Scenes from "The War Tapes": Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Scenes from "The War Tapes": Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

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Nick Sears

Inventor
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Presenting the Orb: Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating persistence-of-vision display that creates glowing 3D images. A short, cool tale of invention.

Presenting the Orb: Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating persistence-of-vision display that creates glowing 3D images. A short, cool tale of invention.

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Jeff Skoll

The Skoll Foundation, Founder
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Making movies that make change: Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.

Making movies that make change: Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.

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Jill Sobule

Singer-songwriter
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The Jill and Julia Show: Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

The Jill and Julia Show: Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

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Philippe Starck

Designer
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Why design?: Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

Why design?: Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

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Bill Stone

Founder, Stone Aerospace
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Journey to the center of the Earth ... and beyond!: 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.

Journey to the center of the Earth ... and beyond!: 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.

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Julia Sweeney

Actor and Performer
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The Jill and Julia Show: Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

The Jill and Julia Show: Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

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Julia Sweeney

Actor and Performer

They Might Be Giants

Musicians
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Wake up! It's They Might Be Giants: In a very, very early-morning set, They Might Be Giants rock the final day of TED2007.

Wake up! It's They Might Be Giants: In a very, very early-morning set, They Might Be Giants rock the final day of TED2007.

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Jakob Trollback

Designer
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Rethinking the music video: What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form.

Rethinking the music video: What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form.

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Gever Tulley

Founder, Tinkering School
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5 dangerous things you should let your kids do: Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. From TED University 2007.

5 dangerous things you should let your kids do: Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. From TED University 2007.

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Yossi Vardi

Investor
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Help fight local warming: Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.

Help fight local warming: Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.

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E.O. Wilson

Professor and honorary curator, Harvard University
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TED Prize wish: Help build the Encyclopedia of Life: As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.

TED Prize wish: Help build the Encyclopedia of Life: As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.

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Will Wright

Founder, Stupid Fun Club
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Toys that make worlds: In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

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

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