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  • What to do when you offend someone | Lambers Fisher    (2024-07-12)
    Misunderstandings between you and your loved ones will happen — it's what you do next that matters most, says marriage and family therapist Lambers Fisher. Drawing on his work helping couples and relatives work through communication issues, he shares four principles to accept the inevitability of offending someone close to you — and how to use these moments to build trust and empathy.
  • The alchemy of pop | Kesha    (2024-07-11)
    "You can write a song and you can not tell the truth, but your song will suck," says pop star Kesha. So what's the secret to making a great pop song? She explains the special alchemy of her own hits like "TiK ToK" and "Praying" and gives a stunning debut performance of her new song, "Cathedral." (Note: This talk contains mature language.)
  • 3 ideas for communicating across the political divide | Isaac Saul    (2024-07-11)
    How does language shape our politics? Journalist Isaac Saul explores how subtle word choices can inhibit productive dialogue about significant issues — and shows how small (but important) changes can help us all have better conversations with people who think differently than us.
  • The fight over minerals for green energy — and a better way forward | Saleem Ali    (2024-07-10)
    To transition to clean energy and green technology like electric cars, the world needs massive amounts of essential minerals. Environmental peacemaker Saleem Ali explains the conflicts already arising between countries rushing to mine and extract these precious minerals — and shows how the world can find a way to cooperate rather than fight resource wars.
  • AI that connects the digital and physical worlds | Anima Anandkumar    (2024-07-09)
    “While language models may help generate new ideas, they cannot attack the hard part of science, which is simulating the necessary physics,” says AI professor Anima Anandkumar. She explains how her team developed neural operators — AI trained on the finest details of the real world — to bridge this gap, sharing recent projects ranging from improved weather forecasting to cutting-edge medical device design that demonstrate the power of AI with universal physical understanding.
  • Lessons from my father’s final days | Laurel Braitman    (2024-07-08)
    "Life is an endless sushi conveyor belt of things that are going to test you and teach you at the same time," says writer Laurel Braitman. Exploring the relationship between bravery and fear, she shares hard-won wisdom on love, loss, self-forgiveness and how to embrace the full spectrum of human emotions.
  • How farmworkers are fighting extreme heat | Jon Esformes and Gerardo Reyes Chávez    (2024-07-08)
    Farm labor is hot, backbreaking and dangerous work. To protect workers from extreme heat and workplace exploitation, farmworker Gerardo Reyes Chávez has teamed up with farm manager Jon Esformes for a unique partnership. Learn how their collaborative model is keeping farmworkers safe and creating a blueprint for more modern, humane working conditions for the world's laborers.
  • Could psychedelics help patients in therapy? | Benjamin Lewis    (2024-07-05)
    It's time to make psychiatry more psychedelic, says psychiatrist Benjamin Lewis. Sharing results from his clinical trial on psychedelic-assisted therapy, he highlights how group therapy paired with the safe use of psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, has the potential to improve mental health conditions like depression and burnout.
  • "Blank Canvas" / "One World" | Sarah Elizabeth Charles    (2024-07-05)
    Vocalist and composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles brings her signature, soulful jazz vocals to the TED stage, performing "Blank Canvas" and "One World" alongside guitarist Jordan Peters.
  • Magic and wonder in the age of AI | David Kwong    (2024-07-03)
    With AI everywhere you look, you may think you've seen it all. Magician David Kwong suggests otherwise, proposing advancements in technology actually increase opportunities for wonder. In an entertaining performance, he invites an audience member on stage to exhibit the mind-reading magic of ChatGPT — and explores how tech elevates our capacity for awe.
  • Democracy requires disagreement. Here's how to do it better | Bret Stephens and Yordanos Eyoel    (2024-07-02)
    As authoritarian leaders challenge democratic institutions around the world, some people are questioning whether democracy is even the best political system. In a wide-ranging conversation, writer Bret Stephens and social entrepreneur Yordanos Eyoel discuss why democracy is still our best hope — and offer ways we can learn to disagree more effectively in order to strengthen our societies.
  • Next up for AI? Dancing robots | Catie Cuan    (2024-07-01)
    Would you tango with a robot? Inviting us into the fascinating world of dancing machines, robot choreographer Catie Cuan highlights why teaching robots to move with grace, intention and emotion is essential to creating AI-powered machines we will want to welcome into our daily lives.
  • Lessons from people already adapting to the climate crisis | Dorcas Naishorua    (2024-06-28)
    The Maasai people have lived sustainably off the savanna for centuries, raising cattle for sustenance and income. Climate activist Dorcas Naishorua paints a picture of how the climate crisis is threatening their way of life — and calls for local and international support as they're forced to adapt to a changing environment.
  • The hidden danger of lead in soil | Yvette Cabrera    (2024-06-27)
    There's an invisible health threat right under our feet, says investigative journalist Yvette Cabrera. She digs into the pervasive problem of lead contamination in soil — a particular risk for children in cities — and shares her action plan to map urban soils and help create healthier communities.
  • The last 6 decades of AI — and what comes next | Ray Kurzweil    (2024-06-26)
    How will AI improve our lives in the years to come? From its inception six decades ago to its recent exponential growth, futurist Ray Kurzweil highlights AI’s transformative impact on various fields and explains his prediction for the singularity: the point at which human intelligence merges with machine intelligence.

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