TED Talks were forever shamed by that skewering The Onion gave them a few years ago, but this commentary on what every TED Talk is like from CBC’s This Is That is pretty perfect. It breaks down the things that every person does at one of these talks, including the structure of their speech, the repetition of phrases,…
Today in Vancouver, the annual mind orgy TED welcomed Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to the stage. Did he talk about the logo? Did he talk about how cities are bringing him down? What did he say? You could wait a few months for the video—or you could take these people’s words for it.
If you’re a Game of Thrones aficionado, you may already know that it was inspired by the Wars of the Roses, in which two noble English families fought during the 15th century for the English throne. This outstanding TED Talk video reveals the many historical people and events that GRRM used to create his epic fantasy.
Neuroscientist Greg Gage created quite a stir during a recent TED-Talk when he used a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to enable an audience member to move the arm of another participant.
There are few people better-equipped to advocate for people humiliated online than Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern and current queen of my heart. Best-known as the poster girl for public humiliation, Lewinsky has transformed herself into the poster girl for surviving it and examining it.
Move over Turing Test, it's time to make room for the A.I. XPRIZE. The recently announced competition will award a team who can create a machine intelligence that can deliver a TED Talk so outstanding that it would receive a standing ovation.
Is sex as simple as "insert part A into slot B"? Probably not, at least when you consider the entire animal kingdom. The differing motivations of the sexes - at least from an evolutionary perspective - leads to tremendous diversity both in sexual behavior and in anatomy. In her talk at TED Global, Dr. Carin Bondar…
This movie took seven years to make and inspired a TED talk about how to make an "impossible" film. It's also one of the most beautiful, and immersive, science fiction worlds on film. Check out the bizarre futuristic love story Mars & Avril.
If you have ever seen a TED Talk, you need to watch Patton Oswalt's brutal takedown of them immediately.
Your favorite apps are there to cater to your every whim. At least until it's time to cater to the whims of a monolith that wants to know your personal details, and is willing to pay top dollar for them. Here's what you really mean to the photo sharing services—and basically everything else—of the world, compliments…
The Onion's TED parody series rolls on, with what may be the best—and most scathing—round yet. The target this time? Social media, a joyous place where ideas are a waste of time, and talent is irrelevant.
Wouldn't it be great if cars ran off of compost? That's not the topic of a TED Talk, but, sadly, that small nugget of an idea is all you would need to to be granted the freedom to pontificate before an audience of naive dreamers at a hokey conference. Welcome to The Onion's first TED Talk parody. It's incredible.…
TED Talks! What was once a proud educational lecture series long ago descended into a smug parade of increasingly ridiculous ideas. They've never been more ripe for skewering. Thank goodness The Onion noticed.
Paleontologist Jack Horner wants a pet dinosaur. (I'm right there with you, Jack.) And according to his TED talk, we're actually getting closer to making Jurassic Park a reality. Thanks to chickens.
Silk! The ancient material is soft, luxurious and...incredibly versatile for the future. New uses and manufacturing techniques for silk have been discovered and you can use it as a vein replacement, bone replacement, optical fibers, microneedles, cups, holograms and more.
The annual TED conference is a bastion of original thinking, its speakers on an edge so cutting they could draw blood. Over at Brain Pickings, they've got a roundup of five of the most environmentally important TED talks of the last several years; including this revolutionary one by cradle-to-cradle design guru…