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From the construction of virtual realities to the internet of things—technology is changing our world every day. But how can we make sure that the quickly-evolving role that tech plays in our lives is one that builds, empowers, and connects us? Host Sherrell Dorsey guides you through the latest ideas from TED Speakers, uncovering the riveting questions that sit at the intersection of technology, society, science, design, business, and innovation. Listen in every Friday.

From the construction of virtual realities to the internet of things—technology is changing our world every day. But how can we make sure that the quickly-evolving role that tech plays in our lives is one that builds, empowers, and connects us? Host Sherrell Dorsey guides you through the latest ideas from TED Speakers, uncovering the riveting questions that sit at the intersection of technology, society, science, design, business, and innovation. Listen in every Friday.

42hr 44min
Thumbnail for ""How do I make the most of my time at my soulless job?" - Fixable".
Delaney left a fulfilling teaching career to join the tech industry
Thumbnail for "The TED AI Show: Your next best friend may be 100% AI w/ Purnendu Mukherjee".
Non Player Characters --NPCs for short-- have always been a huge part of what makes video games engaging, from Cortana in Halo to Navi in The Legend of Zelda. But interactions with NPCs were always limited to a pre-written script. Until now. Purnendu Mukherjee is the CEO of Convai, a platform that enables developers to create NPCs with human-like conversational abilities. He joins Bilawal to chat about our evolving relationship with "AI characters” and what we gain and lose when our digital relationships are so life-like, it almost doesn’t matter who (or what) is on the other end.
Thumbnail for "How AI is unlocking the secrets of nature and the universe | Demis Hassabis".
Can AI help us answer life's biggest questions? In this visionary conversation, Google DeepMind cofounder and CEO Demis Hassabis delves into the history and incredible capabilities of AI with head of TED Chris Anderson. Hassabis explains how AI models like AlphaFold — which accurately predicted the shapes of all 200 million proteins known to science in under a year — have already accelerated scientific discovery in ways that will benefit humanity. Next up? Hassabis says AI has the potential to unlock the greatest mysteries surrounding our minds, bodies and the universe.
Thumbnail for "The TED AI Show:  Why we can't fix bias with more AI w/ Patrick Lin".
Technology is supposed to make our lives better – but who gets to decide how that improvement unfolds, and what values it upholds? Tech ethicist Patrick Lin and Bilawal dig into the hidden -- and not so hidden -- biases in AI. From historically inaccurate images to life-and-death decisions in hospitals, human biases reveal how AI mirrors our own flaws…But can we fix bias? Lin argues that technology alone won't suffice...
Thumbnail for "3 mysteries of the universe — and a new force that might explain them | Alex Keshavarzi".
We're still in the dark about what 95 percent of our universe is made of — and the standard model for understanding particle physics has hit a limit. What's the next step forward? Particle physicist Alex Keshavarzi digs into the first results of the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab in Chicago, which found compelling evidence of new particles or forces existing in our universe — a finding that could act as a window into the subatomic world and deepen our understanding of the fabric of reality.
Thumbnail for "The TED AI Show: AI may take jobs – but not our creativity w/ artist Claire Silver".
Like many new, exciting artistic technologies before it, the development of AI is begging us to ask: what counts as art? In a provocative conversation, Claire Silver, an anonymous AI collaborative artist, sits down with Bilawal to talk about how AI has revolutionized her own mixed media practice, and why she thinks that AI may be an inextricable part of human creativity in the near future.
Thumbnail for "Can AI catch criminals at sea? | Dyhia Belhabib".
Can AI help catch oceanic outlaws? From drug smugglers to modern-day pirates, maritime crime fighter Dyhia Belhabib introduces Heva: an AI-powered tool that aggregates international criminal records to detect and stop crime that might otherwise get swept away in the tide. After the talk, Sherrell dives deeper into keeping our oceans safe.
Thumbnail for "The TED AI Show: What really went down at OpenAI and the future of regulation w/ Helen Toner".
If there’s one AI company that’s made a splash in mainstream vernacular, it’s OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. Former board member and AI policy expert Helen Toner joins Bilawal to discuss the existing knowledge gaps and conflicting interests between those who are in charge of making the latest technology – and those who create our policies at the government level. For transcripts for The TED AI Show, visit go.ted.com/TTAIS-transcripts
Thumbnail for "The AI-powered tools supercharging your imagination | Bilawal Sidhu".
How is AI changing the nature of human imagination and creativity? Through a mind-bending tour of new techniques he's been tinkering with, creative technologist Bilawal Sidhu shows how anyone can use AI-powered tools — like 3D scans that let you redesign the physical world in real time — to expand the possibilities of artistic expression, often within just minutes. After the talk, join Sherrell in conversation with Bilawal — and learn about our new podcast he’s hosting, the TED AI Show, which can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Thumbnail for "The TED AI Show: Is AI destroying our sense of reality? with Sam Gregory".
Could you spot a deepfake? We’re entering a new world where generative AI is challenging our sense of what’s real and what’s fiction. In our first episode, Bilawal and Sam Gregory, a human rights activist and technologist – discuss how to protect our sense of reality. This is an episode of The TED AI Show, TED's newest podcast. Sure, some predictions about AI are just hype – but others suggest that everything we know is about to fundamentally change. Creative technologist Bilawal Sidhu talks with the world’s leading experts, artists, journalists, and more to explore the thrilling, sometimes terrifying, future ahead. Listen to The TED AI Show on this feed every Tuesday -- or follow The TED AI Show wherever you get your podcasts. For more, visit https://www.ted.com/podcasts/the-ted-ai-show
Thumbnail for "Why don't we have better robots yet? | Ken Goldberg".
Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, roboticist Ken Goldberg sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.
Thumbnail for "AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers | Madison Mohns".
As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leadership principles to embrace technological progress while prioritizing your coworkers' well-being — paving the way for a future where AI enhances human potential.
Thumbnail for "How wireless energy from space could power everything | Ali Hajimiri".
Modern life runs on wireless technology. What if the energy powering our devices could also be transmitted without wires? This week we are revisiting a talk by electrical engineer Ali Hajimiri, where he explains the principles behind wireless energy transfer and shares his far-out vision for launching flexible solar panels into space in order to collect sunlight, convert it to electrical power and then beam it down to Earth. Learn how this technology could power everything — and light up our world from space.
Thumbnail for "How AI and democracy can fix each other | Divya Siddarth".
We don't have to sacrifice our freedom for the sake of technological progress, says social technologist Divya Siddarth. She shares how a group of people helped retrain one of the world's most powerful AI models on a constitution they wrote — and offers a vision of technology that aligns with the principles of democracy, rather than conflicting with them.
Thumbnail for "How clicking a single link can cost millions | Ryan Pullen".
Is cybercrime getting easier? Cybersecurity expert Ryan Pullen dives into his work investigating massive digital breaches and testing security blindspots — which led to him gaining access to the software controls of a well-known building in London. Learn more about how cybercriminals exploit human vulnerabilities and hear the latest on how to recognize and protect yourself from scams.
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Coming May 21st
Thumbnail for "Can nanoparticles help fight hunger? | Christy L. Haynes".
A game-changing solution to the global food crisis could come from something so tiny you can't see it with the naked eye. Nanomaterials chemist Christy Haynes describes her team's work designing nanoparticles that could protect plants from disease and crop loss, helping farmers reap abundant harvests and grow food that will make its way to markets and dinner tables. After the talk, Sherrell shares thoughts on the possibilities of precision agriculture.
Thumbnail for "What's the point of digital fashion? | Karinna Grant".
What if you could own more clothes without crowding your closet or growing your carbon footprint? Introducing the dematerialized future of your wardrobe, digital fashion entrepreneur Karinna Grant talks about the brands selling pixelated clothes via NFTs and augmented reality — and explores the creative and sustainable potential of fashion that transcends physical constraints.
Thumbnail for "The next grand challenge for AI | Jim Fan".
Researcher Jim Fan presents the next grand challenge in the quest for AI: the "foundation agent," which would seamlessly operate across both the virtual and physical worlds. He explains how this technology could fundamentally change our lives — permeating everything from video games and metaverses to drones and humanoid robots — and explores how a single model could master skills across these different realities.
Thumbnail for "How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year - The TED Interview".
How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year
Thumbnail for "Why AI is incredibly smart -- and shockingly stupid | Yejin Choi".
Computer scientist Yejin Choi is here to demystify the current state of massive artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT, highlighting three key problems with cutting-edge large language models (including some funny instances of them failing at basic commonsense reasoning.) She welcomes us into a new era in which AI is becoming almost like a new intellectual species -- and identifies the benefits of building smaller AI systems trained on human norms and values. (Followed by a Q&A with head of TED Chris Anderson)
Thumbnail for "DeepMind's Demis Hassabis on the future of AI | The TED Interview".
Demis Hassabis is one of tech's most brilliant minds. A chess-playing child prodigy turned researcher and founder of headline-making AI company DeepMind, Demis is thinking through some of the most revolutionary -- and in some cases controversial -- uses of artificial intelligence. From ​​the development of computer program AlphaGo, which beat out world champions in the board game Go, to making leaps in the research of how proteins fold, Demis is at the helm of the next generation of groundbreaking technology. In this episode of The TED Interview, which will be back for a new season next week, Demis gives a peek into some of the questions that his top-level projects are asking, talks about how gaming, creativity, and intelligence inform his approach to tech, and muses on where AI is headed next. If you like this, listen to The TED Interview wherever you get your podcasts.
Thumbnail for "Advice for leaders on creating a culture of belonging | Melonie D. Parker".
Google's chief diversity officer Melonie D. Parker joins journalist and host of the "TED Tech" podcast Sherrell Dorsey for a conversation on fostering belonging and opportunity in the workplace. Learn more about how companies can sustainably promote diversity, equity and inclusion — and why you should aim to "add in," not "fit in." After the interview, Sherrell digs deeper into what it means to feel valued in the workplace.
Thumbnail for "Your creative superpowers can help protect democracy | Sofia Ongele".
"Democracy is more fun and inviting when you take it into your own hands," says creator and activist Sofia Ongele. Sharing how she's using coding and social media to defend democracy, Ongele invites us to identify our own creative superpowers — whether it's community organizing, making music or telling stories — and use them to cause a ruckus and bring movements to life.
Thumbnail for "The exciting, perilous journey toward AGI | Ilya Sutskever".
Just weeks before the management shakeup at OpenAI rocked Silicon Valley and made international news, the company's cofounder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever explored the transformative potential of artificial general intelligence (AGI), highlighting how it could surpass human intelligence and profoundly transform every aspect of life. Hear his take on the promises and perils of AGI — and his optimistic case for how unprecedented collaboration will ensure its safe and beneficial development.
Thumbnail for "Why you should ditch deadly fossil-fuel appliances | Donnel Baird".
In the US, people spend the overwhelming majority of their time inside buildings that burn fossil fuels, which are bad for both the environment and human health. (Think: breathing in air pollution from gas stoves, furnaces and water heaters.) If we're going to fix this problem, we need to retrofit millions of buildings with all-electric equipment, says energy upgrader Donnel Baird. Hear about his ambitious plan to rip the fossil fuel infrastructure out of aging buildings and upgrade it with smarter, cleaner, healthier technology.
Thumbnail for "How one small idea led to $1 million of paid water bills | Tiffani Ashley Bell".
When programmer Tiffani Ashley Bell learned that thousands of people in Detroit were facing water shutoffs because they couldn't afford to pay their bills, she decided to take action -- in the simplest, most obvious way possible. It's an inspiring story of how one person with tenacity and an idea can create monumental change -- and a demonstration that each of us can find our own way to help the world, even if it means starting without all the answers.
Thumbnail for "When AI can fake reality, who can you trust? | Sam Gregory".
We're fast approaching a world where widespread, hyper-realistic deepfakes lead us to dismiss reality, says technologist and human rights advocate Sam Gregory. What happens to democracy when we can't trust what we see? Learn three key steps to protecting our ability to distinguish human from synthetic — and why fortifying our perception of truth is crucial to our AI-infused future.
Thumbnail for "How to harness abundant, clean energy for 10 billion people | Julio Friedmann".
We can produce abundant, sustainable and cheap energy — for everyone, says physicist Julio Friedmann. He explores the infrastructure, innovation and investment needed to supply energy to 10 billion people, offering case studies from Chile's refurbished supply chain, built in partnership with Japan, to Namibia's budding clean hydrogen production, inviting us to envision a greener, more equitably powered world.
Thumbnail for "The most important century in human history | George Zaidan".
Is it possible that this century is the most important one in human history? The 21st century has already proven to be a period of rapid growth. We're on the cusp of developing new technologies that could entirely change the way people live— and could contribute to unprecedented levels of existential risk. Explore how the decisions we make now might have a major impact on humanity's future. This TED-Ed lesson was directed by Jon Mayes, AIM Creative Studios, narrated by George Zaidan and the music was made by André Aires.
Thumbnail for "The powerful possibilities of recycling the world's batteries | Emma Nehrenheim".
The world has plenty of clean energy. The problem is storing that energy and getting it where we need it, when we need it, says battery recycling pioneer Emma Nehrenheim. While batteries are fundamental to powering a sustainable future, their production is surprisingly harsh on the environment. She lays out the science behind a breakthrough in recycling a battery's core elements, offering a manufacturing solution that could vastly reduce the industry's environmental impact and demand for new materials from mining.
Thumbnail for "Over 20,000 joined the NPR/Columbia study to move throughout the day. Did it work? | Body Electric".
This is an episode we think you might like of Body Electric
Thumbnail for "The awesome potential of many metaverses | Agnes Larsson".
In the multitude of metaverses that exist there are infinite possibilities for inclusivity and creativity. As we revisit a talk that invites us to craft our own digital universes, Minecraft's game director Agnes Larsson shares how the experience of building and sharing metaverses can foster dialogue, friendship and trust — pointing to the meaningful impact virtual worlds can have on the real world. Following the talk, Sherrell explores how these safer metaverses have the power to spill beyond the digital realm and positively impact our entire society.
Thumbnail for "How global virtual communities can help kids achieve their dreams | Matthew Garcia".
How do we make historically exclusive fields like classical music, fine arts or academic research more accessible to everyone? Education equalizer and violist Matthew Garcia thinks one way to remove barriers is to create free, virtual education programs that connect talented young minds to the resources they need to thrive in their future careers. Learn more as we revisit this talk about the power of virtual nonprofits to overcome geographic borders and deliver opportunity -- and how you can help every kid reach their dreams.
Thumbnail for "Is technology our savior — or our slayer? | Ruha Benjamin".
When it comes to technology, we're often presented with two contrasting visions of the future: one where technology fulfills all our desires, and another where it leads to chaos and conflict. Sociologist Ruha Benjamin is here with a more radical vision of the future — one where humanity isn't saved or slayed by technology, but rather uses it to uplift ordinary people and make things like health care and housing for all a reality. After the talk, Sherrell expands on how tech improves individual lives, and communities at large.
Thumbnail for "AI is dangerous, but not for the reasons you think | Sasha Luccioni".
AI won't kill us all — but that doesn't make it trustworthy. Instead of getting distracted by future existential risks, AI ethics researcher Sasha Luccioni thinks we need to focus on the technology's current negative impacts, like emitting carbon, infringing copyrights and spreading biased information. She offers practical solutions to regulate our AI-filled future — so it's inclusive and transparent.
Thumbnail for "How to make learning as addictive as social media | Luis von Ahn".
When technologist Luis von Ahn was building the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, he faced a big problem: Could an app designed to teach you something ever compete with addictive platforms like Instagram and TikTok? He explains how Duolingo harnesses the psychological techniques of social media and mobile games to get you excited to learn — all while spreading access to education across the world.
Thumbnail for "A brain implant that turns your thoughts into text | Tom Oxley".
What if you could control your digital devices using just the power of thought? That's the incredible promise behind the Stentrode — an implantable brain-computer interface that collects and wirelessly transmits information directly from the brain, without the need for open surgery. Neurotech entrepreneur Tom Oxley describes the intricacies of this breakthrough technology, which is currently enrolling participants in human trials, as well as how it could help restore dignity to those with disabilities — and transform the future of communication. Stay tuned after the talk to hear our host Sherrell talk about the promise and potential of technology when it comes to serving one of humanity's greatest needs: connection.
Thumbnail for "The tech we need to fight workplace ageism | Piyachart Phiromswad".
From exoskeletons and robotic arms to the mass adoption of remote work, economist Piyachart Phiromswad explores what seniors need to overcome the physical, mental and societal barriers to employment, a necessary shift in our rapidly aging world. Learn more about how these tools could empower elderly workers and better the world — for everyone. After the talk, Sherrell explores the ethical considerations of keeping aging populations in the workforce for the sake of productivity.
Thumbnail for "Uber, and how to fix things when trust is broken | Fixable".
This is an episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective. This week, Anne and Frances dive into their area of expertise: trust. Frances recounts the time when she was brought in to help Uber fix their huge trust breakdown. Using Uber as a case study, they explain the three pillars of trust — authenticity, empathy and logic — and actionable solutions to strengthen each leg when they’re on shaky ground.
Thumbnail for "Can AI help solve the climate crisis? | Sims Witherspoon".
“AI can be a transformational tool in our fight against climate change," says Sims Witherspoon, a leader at the AI research lab Google DeepMind. Using wind power as her case study, she explains how powerful neural networks can help us better predict Earth's changing ecosystems and accelerate the breakthrough science needed to create a carbon-free energy supply.
Thumbnail for "How "digital twins" could help us predict the future | Karen Willcox".
From health-tracking wearables to smartphones and beyond, data collection and computer modeling have become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. Advancements in these areas have given birth to "digital twins," or virtual models that evolve alongside real-world data. Aerospace engineer Karen Willcox explores the incredible possibilities these systems offer across engineering, climate studies and medicine, sharing how they could lead to personalized medicine, better decision-making and more.
Thumbnail for "The future of machines that move like animals | Robert Katzschmann".
Imagine a boat that propels by moving its "tail" from side to side, just like a fish. That's the kind of machine that TED Fellow Robert Katzschmann's lab builds: soft-bodied robots that imitate natural movements with artificial, silent muscles. He lays out his vision for machines that take on mesmerizing new forms, made of softer and more lifelike materials — and capable of discovering unknown parts of the world.
Thumbnail for "War, AI and the new global arms race | Alexandr Wang ".
Lethal drones with facial recognition, armed robots, autonomous fighter jets: we're at the dawn of a new age of AI-powered warfare, says technologist Alexandr Wang. He explores why data will be the secret weapon in this uncharted landscape and emphasizes the need to consider national security when developing new tech — or potentially face all-out AI warfare.
Thumbnail for "Could an orca give a TED Talk? | Karen Bakker".
What if we could hear nature's ultrasonic communication -- and talk back? From a bat's shrill speech to a peacock's infrasound mating call, conservation technology researcher Karen Bakker takes us through a sound bath of animal noises that are far outside humanity's range of hearing, demonstrating how artificial intelligence has translated the incredible complexity of nature's soundtrack. She asks us to consider the moral weight of such transformative technology and explores the futuristic opportunities presented for conservation, interspecies communication and more. The TED team is saddened to share that Karen Bakker passed away in August 2023. We’re grateful for the opportunity to uplift her work.
Thumbnail for "The growing megafire crisis — and how to contain it | George T. Whitesides".
Megafires, or fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are becoming more frequent worldwide, wreaking havoc on landscapes and communities -- and fire experts say the problem is only going to get worse. George T. Whitesides is focused on fighting these devastating natural disasters through innovative technologies and intentional changes to how we build communities. He presents three emerging solutions to this blazing dilemma, calling for us to redefine our relationship with fire in order to build a more resilient and sustainable future. After the talk, Sherrell highlights the importance of looking to Indigenous practices when it comes to curbing wildfires.
Thumbnail for "So much sitting, looking at screens. Can we combat our sedentary lives? | Body Electric".
This is an episode of Body Electric a series airing over at the TED Radio Hour. In this special series, host Manoush Zomorodi investigates the relationship between our technology and our bodies and asks: How are we physically adapting to meet the demands of the Information Age? Why do so many of us feel utterly drained after a day spent attached to our devices?
Thumbnail for " Introducing Body Electric".
We’ve got a special 6-part series with an interactive twist coming your way: On Body Electric, TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi investigates the relationship between our bodies and our technology…and she has a challenge for YOU. Starts Tuesday, October 3rd
Thumbnail for "The urgent risks of runaway AI -- and what to do about them | Gary Marcus".
Will truth and reason survive the evolution of artificial intelligence? AI researcher Gary Marcus says no, not if untrustworthy technology continues to be integrated into our lives at such dangerously high speeds. He advocates for an urgent reevaluation of whether we're building reliable systems (or misinformation machines), explores the failures of today's AI and calls for a global, nonprofit organization to regulate the tech for the sake of democracy and our collective future. (Followed by a Q&A with head of TED Chris Anderson)
Thumbnail for "What the world can learn from China's innovation playbook | Keyu Jin".
In the last few decades, China has gone from technological scarcity to abundance. What sparked this shift? Economist Keyu Jin explores how China has fostered a model of innovation unlike any other and shows why understanding its competitive, collaborative approach could benefit the world -- and perhaps demystify some contradictions.
Thumbnail for "A powerful new neurotech tool for augmenting your mind | Conor Russomanno".
In an astonishing talk and tech demo, neurotechnologist Conor Russomanno shares his work building brain-computer interfaces that could enable us to control the external world with our minds. He discusses the quickly advancing possibilities of this field -- including the promise of a "closed-loop system" that could both record and stimulate brain activity -- and invites neurohacker Christian Bayerlein onto the TED stage to fly a mind-controlled drone by using a biosensing headset.
Thumbnail for "The incredible creativity of deepfakes -- and the worrying future of AI | Tom Graham".
AI-generated media that looks and sounds exactly like the real world will soon permeate our lives. How should we prepare for it? AI developer Tom Graham discusses the extraordinary power of this rapidly advancing technology, demoing cutting-edge examples -- including real-time face swaps and voice cloning -- live from the TED stage. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Graham digs into the creative potential of this hyperreal content (often referred to as "deepfakes") as well as its risk for exploitation and the new legal rights we'll need in order to maintain control over our photorealistic AI avatars.
Thumbnail for "The outlaws of the ocean -- and how we're reeling them in | Tony Long".
Pirate fishing, oil spills and other undetected crimes are destroying ocean ecosystems -- but we can't stop what we can't see. Harnessing the power of satellite data and AI to catch maritime offenders in the act, ocean conservation expert and 2023 Audacious Project grantee Tony Long introduces the first-ever live map of all industrial human activity at sea. He shares how his team at Global Fishing Watch is making it freely available to the world so conservationists, researchers and the public can help protect precious aquatic habitats. (This ambitious idea is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
Thumbnail for "How wireless energy from space could power everything | Ali Hajimiri".
Modern life runs on wireless technology. What if the energy powering our devices could also be transmitted without wires? Electrical engineer Ali Hajimiri explains the principles behind wireless energy transfer and shares his far-out vision for launching flexible solar panels into space in order to collect sunlight, convert it to electrical power and then beam it down to Earth. Learn how this technology could power everything -- and light up our world from space.
Thumbnail for "Why the passport needs an upgrade | Karoli Hindriks".
It's time to give paper passports a digital upgrade, says entrepreneur Karoli Hindriks. Looking to Estonia's technology-driven government for inspiration, she envisions a world where immigration is no longer hindered by bureaucracy and needless repetition. Travel with her to a future beyond borders where universal digital passports replace paper ones -- and where outdated systems stop wasting our time and money.
Thumbnail for "The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso".
In this perspective-shifting talk, energy researcher Rose M. Mutiso makes the case for prioritizing Africa's needs with what's left of the world's carbon budget, to foster growth and equitably achieve a smaller global carbon footprint. After the talk, our host Sherrell expands upon the ways some nations have been historically neglected when it comes to climate adaptive technologies and shares commentary from climate tech founder Donnel Baird on advocating for underserved communities.
Thumbnail for "The disappearing computer -- and a world where you can take AI everywhere | Imran Chaudhri".
In this exclusive preview of groundbreaking, unreleased technology, former Apple designer and Humane cofounder Imran Chaudhri envisions a future where AI enables our devices to "disappear" -- seriously, like one day making a phone call on the palm of your hand. He gives a sneak peek of his company's new product -- shown for the first time ever on the TED stage -- and explains how it could change the way we interact with tech and the world around us. Witness a stunning vision of the next leap in device design. After the talk, Sherrell points to a few potential unintended consequences of sleeker tech.
Thumbnail for "Who owns the internet of the future? | Ordinary Things".
The emergence of data-driven mass surveillance "is threatening to turn privacy into a relic of the 20th century," says the anonymous YouTube creator known as Ordinary Things. Meanwhile, state-funded troll farms are spreading disinformation and curating chaos on platforms meant to connect us and revolutionize the way we live. Ordinary Things gives an enlightening account of the internet's strengths and weaknesses, warning that the fight for a free internet is a fight for our collective future.
Thumbnail for "How one small idea led to $1 million of paid water bills | Tiffani Ashley Bell".
When programmer Tiffani Ashley Bell learned that thousands of people in Detroit were facing water shutoffs because they couldn't afford to pay their bills, she decided to take action -- in the simplest, most obvious way possible. It's an inspiring story of how one person with tenacity and an idea can create monumental change -- and a demonstration that each of us can find our own way to help the world, even if it means starting without all the answers.
Thumbnail for "How AI could save (not destroy) education | Sal Khan".
Sal Khan, the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, thinks artificial intelligence could spark the greatest positive transformation education has ever seen.
Thumbnail for "The Internet's First Main Character? | The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks".
It's 1999, and sixteen years after its original release, a new Star Wars is finally coming. Fans have been camping out in front of theaters across the country just to be the first to see it. The beloved intergalactic saga is set to debut a slew of brand new characters, one of whom is a revolutionary CGI creation named Jar Jar Binks. Whispers begin to spread about big changes coming to the galaxy far, far away – and not everyone’s happy about it.
Thumbnail for "The AI Dilemma | Your Undivided Attention".
At Center for Humane Technology, we want to close the gap between what the world hears publicly about AI from splashy CEO presentations and what the people who are closest to the risks and harms inside AI labs are telling us. We translated their concerns into a cohesive story to heads of institutions and major media organizations in New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. The talk you're about to hear is the culmination of that work, which is ongoing.
Thumbnail for "Why AI is incredibly smart -- and shockingly stupid | Yejin Choi ".
Computer scientist Yejin Choi is here to demystify the current state of massive artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT, highlighting three key problems with cutting-edge large language models (including some funny instances of them failing at basic commonsense reasoning.) She welcomes us into a new era in which AI is becoming almost like a new intellectual species -- and identifies the benefits of building smaller AI systems trained on human norms and values. (Followed by a Q&A with head of TED Chris Anderson)
Thumbnail for "TikTok's CEO on its future -- and what makes its algorithm different | Shou Chew".
TikTok CEO Shou Chew dives into how the trend-setting video app and cultural phenomenon works -- from what distinguishes its algorithm and drives virality to the challenges of content moderation and digital addiction.
Thumbnail for "The inside story of ChatGPT's astonishing potential | Greg Brockman".
In a talk from the cutting edge of technology, OpenAI cofounder Greg Brockman explores the underlying design principles of ChatGPT and demos some mind-blowing, unreleased plug-ins for the chatbot that sent shockwaves across the world. After the talk, head of TED Chris Anderson joins Brockman to dig into the timeline of ChatGPT's development and get Brockman's take on the risks, raised by many in the tech industry and beyond, of releasing such a powerful tool into the world.
Thumbnail for "How we could solve the dark matter mystery | Chanda Prescod-Weinstein".
The universe that we know, with its luminous stars and orbiting planets, is largely made up of elements we can't actually see -- like dark energy and dark matter -- and therefore don't fully understand. (If you want to hear more from Prescod-Weinstein, check out her episode on "The TED Interview" podcast wherever you're listening to this.)
Thumbnail for "Cultivating good power with longtime IBM CEO Ginni Rometty | ReThinking with Adam Grant".
Ginni Rometty rose through the ranks at IBM to become their first female CEO. After leading the iconic tech company from 2012 to 2020, Ginni chronicled the experiences and lessons learned in her memoir, “Good Power.” In a candid conversation at the Authors@Wharton series, Ginni talks with Adam about cultivating and harnessing influence, leading change through highlighting what will stay the same, and her cautious optimism about the future of AI. For episodes on the psychology of the world's most interesting minds, follow ReThinking wherever you're listening to this.
Thumbnail for "Why people and AI make good business partners | Shervin Khodabandeh".
What happens when the data-driven capabilities of AI are combined with human creativity and ingenuity? Shining a light on the opportunities this futuristic collaboration could bring to the workplace, AI expert Shervin Khodabandeh shares how to redesign companies so that people and machines can learn from each other.
Thumbnail for "What if buildings created energy instead of consuming it? | Ksenia Petrichenko".
Buildings are bad news for the climate -- but they don't have to be. While our structures are currently responsible for a third of global energy consumption and emissions, a future where they create more energy than they consume is possible.
Thumbnail for "Fixable: Nai’a - "How do I get the attention of a distracted manager?"".
Nai’a is a product operations manager at an education technology company that has gone through a major restructuring. With a shifting team and a brand new manager, she struggles to make sure her colleagues recognize the value of her work and what she needs to continue achieving success in her role.
Thumbnail for "Meet the massive machines removing carbon from Earth's atmosphere | Jan Wurzbacher".
To prevent global warming, we need to drastically reduce pollution. After that, we need to trap as much excess carbon dioxide from the air as possible.
Thumbnail for "May the 4th Be With You: Introducing The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks".
Love him or hate him, ever since his debut in Star Wars Episode 1, Jar Jar Binks has been one of the most divisive characters in movie history. And the backlash against him? It almost destroyed the man who played him.
Thumbnail for "7 new species of robot that jump, dance -- and walk on water | Dennis Hong".
More than a decade ago, roboticist Dennis Hong debuted a new generation of cutting-edge robots. Now he's back to reveal how his lab at UCLA has eclipsed its own achievements with a fleet of wildly advanced and delightful humanoid robots.
Thumbnail for "Are insect brains the secret to great AI? | Frances S. Chance".
Are insects the key to brain-inspired computing?
Thumbnail for "What the discovery of exoplanets reveals about the universe |  Jessie Christiansen".
What are the planets outside our solar system like? Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Jessie Christiansen has helped find thousands of them (and counting), and the variety is more wonderful and wild than you might imagine.
Thumbnail for "The internet's accessibility problem -- and how to fix it  | Clive Loseby".
The internet provides access to knowledge for billions across the world, but how accessible is it really?
Thumbnail for "Exploring how we think: Mind, Body, Spirit - Part 1 | TED Radio Hour".
For millennia, humans have debated the mind, body, spirit connection. But today, the phrase sounds trite -- a hallmark of the #selfcare industry.
Thumbnail for "Demystifying the wild world of crypto | Laura Shin".
Is crypto truly the next big thing, or is it just a money-sucking flash in the pan?
Thumbnail for "Are video calls the best we can do in the age of the metaverse? | Josephine Eyre".
Remote work, while redefining the workplace landscape, seems stuck behind endless video conference calls that hinder free-flowing conversation and collaboration.
Thumbnail for "How will AI change the world? | George Zaidan and Stuart Russell".
In the coming years, artificial intelligence is probably going to change your life -- and likely the entire world. But people have a hard time agreeing on exactly how AI will affect our society.
Thumbnail for "Why the passport needs an upgrade | Karoli Hindriks".
It's time to give paper passports a digital upgrade, says entrepreneur Karoli Hindriks.
Thumbnail for "A future with fewer cars | Freeman H. Shen".
What if your car could drop you off and then find parking by itself?
Thumbnail for "Introducing Good Sport".
This week on TED Tech we’re excited to introduce TED’s newest podcast, Good Sport, hosted by veteran sports producer Jody Avirgan.
Thumbnail for "Esports, virtual Formula 1 and the new era of play | James Hodge".
This week, the TED Audio Collective is releasing a bunch of great episodes about sports, in celebration of the launch of a new podcast: Good Sport with Jody Avirgan. It’s a show that takes sports seriously, as the best way to understand humans and our world. Check it out wherever you’re listening to this.
Thumbnail for "The future of machines that move like animals | Robert Katzschmann".
Imagine a boat that propels by moving its "tail" from side to side, just like a fish.
Thumbnail for "How global virtual communities can help kids achieve their dreams | Matthew Garcia".
How do we make historically exclusive fields like classical music, fine arts or academic research more accessible to everyone?
Thumbnail for "Meet the world's largest machine | Henry Richardson".
In 1967, Homer Loutzenheuser flipped a switch and connected the power grids of the United States, forming one interconnected machine.
Thumbnail for "4 ways to design a disability-friendly future | Meghan Hussey".
Nearly fifteen percent of the world's population lives with a disability, yet this massive chunk of humanity is still routinely excluded from opportunities..0
Thumbnail for "How gaming can be a force for good | Noah Raford".
If you think social media is powerful, keep an eye on immersive video games, says futurist Noah Raford.
Thumbnail for "A bold plan to transform access to the US social safety net | Amanda Renteria".
This week on TED Tech we are revisiting a talk by digital public servant Amanda Renteria.
Thumbnail for "Real social media solutions, with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen | Your Undivided Attention".
When it comes to social media risk, there is reason to hope for consensus.
Thumbnail for "The shift we need to stop mass surveillance | Albert Fox Cahn".
Mass surveillance is worse than you think, but the solutions are simpler than you realize, says lawyer, technologist and TED Fellow Albert Fox Cahn.
Thumbnail for "What if you could sing in your favorite musician's voice? | Holly Herndon".
What if you could create new music using your favorite musician's voice?
Thumbnail for "The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso".
In this perspective-shifting talk, energy researcher Rose M. Mutiso makes the case for prioritizing Africa's needs with what's left of the world's carbon budget, to foster growth and equitably achieve a smaller global carbon footprint.
Thumbnail for "How green hydrogen could end the fossil fuel era | Vaitea Cowan".
As climate change accelerates, finding clean alternatives to fossil fuels is more urgent than ever.
Thumbnail for "How video game skills can get you ahead in life | William Collis".
What does it take to be a pro gamer?
Thumbnail for "The awesome potential of many metaverses | Agnes Larsson".
In the multitude of metaverses that exist there are infinite possibilities for inclusivity and creativity.
Thumbnail for "Could a DAO build the next great city? | Scott Fitsimones".
Could DAOs, or "decentralized autonomous organizations," be the key to building the next great city?
Thumbnail for "How to preserve your private life in the age of social media | Bryce Dallas Howard".
Growing up in the public eye, multi-hyphenate creator Bryce Dallas Howard experienced the familiar pressure to share her life with the world on social media.
Thumbnail for "The rebel radio that brought down a war criminal | Diana Sierra Becerra ".
Since the 1800s, a handful of oligarchs had controlled nearly all of El Salvador's land, forcing laborers to work for almost nothing.
Thumbnail for "Where on Earth will people live in the future? | Parag Khanna".
From the return of nomadic living to a climate-disrupted world, author and global strategist Parag Khanna has some predictions for humanity.
Thumbnail for "How we could solve the dark matter mystery | Chanda Prescod-Weinstein".
The universe that we know, with its luminous stars and orbiting planets, is largely made up of elements we can't actually see -- like dark energy and dark matter -- and therefore don't fully understand.
Thumbnail for "An alternative to the Silicon Valley unicorn | Your Undivided Attention ".
What’s the alternative to the Silicon Valley unicorn?
Thumbnail for "Mark Cuban doesn’t believe in following your passions | ReThinking with Adam Grant".
Mark Cuban has gone from selling garbage bags door-to-door to selling internet companies for billions, acquiring an NBA team, and becoming a beloved “Shark” on Shark Tank.
Thumbnail for "How is your city tackling the climate crisis? | Marvin Rees".
"If we can unlock the full potential of our cities, we can minimize the price the planet pays for hosting us in our growing numbers," says Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, UK.
Thumbnail for "5 ethical principles for digitizing humanitarian aid | Aarathi Krishnan ".
Tech and human rights ethicist Aarathi Krishnan points to the dangers of digitization -- like sensitive data getting into the hands of the wrong people -- and lays out five ethical principles to help inform humanitarian tech innovation.
Thumbnail for "A brain implant that turns your thoughts into text | Tom Oxley".
What if you could control your digital devices using just the power of thought? That's the incredible promise behind the Stentrode -- an implantable brain-computer interface that collects and wirelessly transmits information directly from the brain, without the need for open surgery.
Thumbnail for "You shouldn't have to choose between filling your prescriptions and paying bills | Kiah Williams ".
As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications -- all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills.
Thumbnail for "A creator-led internet, built on blockchain | Adam Mosseri".
As digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs become more mainstream, design thinker and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri believes that creators are uniquely positioned to benefit.
Thumbnail for "A bold plan to transform access to the US social safety net | Amanda Renteria".
At Code for America, Amanda Renteria is helping develop human-centered technology that "respects you from the start, meets you where you are and provides an easy, positive experience."
Thumbnail for "NFTs, the metaverse and the future of digital art | Elizabeth Strickler".
In need of a brief yet illuminating lesson on the obsession with NFTs?
Thumbnail for "Why people and AI make good business partners | Shervin Khodabandeh".
What happens when the data-driven capabilities of AI are combined with human creativity and ingenuity?
Thumbnail for "Kevin Roose | How to Be a Better Human".
This is an episode of How to Be a Better Human, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective.
Thumbnail for "3 tips for leaders to get the future of work right | TED Business".
Work that's dictated by a fixed schedule, place and job description doesn't make sense anymore, says leadership expert Debbie Lovich.
Thumbnail for "How to predict the future w| The TED Interview".
Future forecaster and game designer Jane McGonigal ran a social simulation game in 2008 that had players dealing with the effects of a respiratory pandemic set to happen in the next decade. She wasn’t literally predicting the 2020 pandemic—but she got eerily close.
Thumbnail for "How Caracas combats propaganda | Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala".
We all know that information is power; but what if you live in a country without a free press or regular access to the internet?
Thumbnail for "Satya Nadella is building the future | WorkLife with Adam Grant".
Satya Nadella is a modern renaissance man; he’s a cricket enthusiast, poetry lover, oh, and the chairman and CEO of Microsoft with a nearly perfect approval rating on Glassdoor. Satya has led a transformation at Microsoft, up-ending the culture, and rethinking remote and hybrid work.
Thumbnail for "What happens when biology becomes technology? | Christina Agapakis".
"We've been promised a future of chrome -- but what if the future is fleshy?" asks biological designer Christina Agapakis.
Thumbnail for "Your self-driving robotaxi is almost here | Aicha Evans".
We've been hearing about self-driving cars for years, but autonomous vehicle entrepreneur Aicha Evans thinks we need to dream more daringly.
Thumbnail for "How to fix the "bugs" in the net-zero code | Lucas Joppa".
Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's first chief environmental officer, thinks about climate change through the lens of coding, and he says the world's current net-zero approach simply won't compute. So how do we create a system that actually accounts for all the world's carbon emissions -- and helps us get to zero (as in zero additional carbon added to the atmosphere by 2050)?
Thumbnail for "How AI can help shatter barriers to equality | Jamila Gordon".
Jamila Gordon believes in the power of human connection -- and artificial intelligence -- to help people who might otherwise be left behind.
Thumbnail for "The Dark Side of Decentralization | Your Undivided Attention ".
Security expert Audrey Kurth Cronin guides us in an exploration of decentralized weaponry throughout history, how social media is a new decentralized weapon, and how to wisely navigate these threats.
Thumbnail for "The real hotbed of innovation (hint: it's not big cities) | Xiaowei R. Wang".
"To see and understand the countryside is a crucial part of moving towards a more livable future for everyone," says coder, artist and organizer Xiaowei R. Wang.
Thumbnail for "Self-assembling robots and the potential of artificial evolution | Emma Hart".
What if robots could build and optimize themselves -- with little to no help from humans?
Thumbnail for "The "greenhouse-in-a-box" empowering farmers in India | Sathya Raghu Mokkapati".
For smallholder farmers in India, agriculture has long been an unreliable source of income -- crops that flourish one season can fail the next, thanks to heat, pests and disease. But climate risk is now making the profession nearly impossible.
Thumbnail for "Listen now: WorkLife season 5".
WorkLife with Adam Grant is back for a fifth season!
Thumbnail for "The promise of quantum computers | Matt Langione".
What if tiny microparticles could help us solve the world's biggest problems in a matter of minutes?
Thumbnail for "6 big ethical questions about the future of AI | Genevieve Bell".
Artificial intelligence is all around us ... and the future will only bring more of it. How can we ensure the AI systems we build are responsible, safe and sustainable?
Thumbnail for "The untapped energy source that could power the planet | Jamie C. Beard".
Deep beneath your feet is a molten ball of energy the same temperature as the surface of the sun -- an immense clean energy source that could power the world thousands of times over, says technologist and climate activist Jamie C. Beard. How do we tap it?
Thumbnail for "Why we're more honest with machines than people | Anne Scherer".
For a genuine conversation, consider talking to a robot; the less humanized, the better.
Thumbnail for "The problem of vaccine spoilage -- and a smart sensor to help | Nithya Ramanathan".
Refrigerators do much more than store your groceries -- they're also vital to preserving and distributing vaccines.
Thumbnail for "The life-changing power of assistive technologies | Jane Velkovski".
"This chair is my legs -- this chair is my life," says accessibility champion Jane Velkovski, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
Thumbnail for "Visions for the future | Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan".
How will the rise of artificial intelligence change our world?
Thumbnail for "A free and fair internet benefits everyone | Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa".
Without the internet, how would you have coped with the pandemic -- from work and school, to maintaining your closest relationships?
Thumbnail for "Super speed, magnetic levitation and the vision behind the hyperloop | Josh Giegel".
What if your hour-long commute was reduced to just minutes?
Thumbnail for "Why don't we cover the desert with solar panels? | Dan Kwartler".
Stretching over roughly nine million square kilometers and with sands reaching temperatures of up to 80° Celsius, the Sahara Desert receives about 22 million terawatt hours of energy from the Sun every year.
Thumbnail for "Siri, Alexa, Google ... what comes next? | Karen Lellouche Tordjman".
From Siri to Alexa to Google, virtual assistants already permeate our lives. What will the next generation of these digital helpers look and sound like?
Thumbnail for "The race to build AI that benefits humanity | Sam Altman".
Will innovation in artificial intelligence drastically improve our lives, or destroy humanity as we know it?
Thumbnail for "An ever-evolving map of everything on Earth | Jack Dangermond".
What if we had a map of ... everything? Jack Dangermond, a visionary behind the geographic information system (GIS) technology used to map and analyze all kinds of complex data, walks us through the interconnected technologies gathering information about every crack and corner of the Earth.
Thumbnail for "Could you recover from illness ... using your own stem cells? | Nabiha Saklayen".
What if diseases could be treated with a patient's own cells, precisely and on demand?
Thumbnail for "What happens when biology becomes technology? | Christina Agapakis".
"We've been promised a future of chrome -- but what if the future is fleshy?" asks biological designer Christina Agapakis.
Thumbnail for "Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech | Sharon Weinberger".
What is a weapon in the Information Age?
Thumbnail for "Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling".
We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences.
Thumbnail for "How NFTs are building the internet of the future | Kayvon Tehranian".
In this revelatory talk, technologist Kayvon Tehranian explores why NFTs -- digital assets that represent a certificate of ownership on the internet -- are a technological breakthrough. Learn how NFTs are putting power and economic control back into the hands of digital creators -- and pushing forward the internet's next evolution.

"How do I make the most of my time at my soulless job?" - Fixable

Thumbnail for ""How do I make the most of my time at my soulless job?" - Fixable".
March 26, 202433min 36sec

Delaney left a fulfilling teaching career to join the tech industry. But after a round of layoffs left her the sole remaining member of her team, she’s stopped feeling motivated and wants to start carving out time to pursue the artistic projects that actually inspire her. Needing to feel both invigorated and financially secure, In this episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective, Delaney turns to Anne and Frances for advice. Through a challenging conversation, they map a plan for Delaney to leave every workday energized and ready to chase her passions.

Fixable is TED’s business call-in advice show. Frances Frei is a Harvard Business professor. Anne Morriss is a CEO and best-selling author. Anne and Frances are two of the top leadership coaches in the world. Oh, did we mention they're also married to each other? Together, Anne and Frances move fast and fix stuff by talking to guest callers about their workplace issues and solving their problems – in 30 minutes or less. Both listeners and guests will receive actionable insights to create meaningful change in the workplace – regardless of their position on the company ladder. If you want to be on Fixable, call our hotline at 234-Fixable (that's 234-349-2253) to leave Anne and Frances a voicemail with your workplace problem or email fixable@ted.com

You can get Fixable wherever you get your podcasts.