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How would you take over the world?

This is meant to be a fun and creative forum where you can tell the TED community how you would take over the world or die trying! To start off let's say you are from an upper middle class family in the United States of America. Obviously intelligence and leadership skills are given. What would be your path to world domination without destroying the whole planet in the process?

  • Dec 27 2012: step 1) Ask a bunch of smart people "How would you take over the world?"
    step 2) Find the most plausible solution
    step 3) Do it.
    • Dec 27 2012: Oh gosh... He's on to me....
      • Dec 27 2012: That might be because It's:
        "The same thing we try to do every night pinky!
        try to take over the world!!!"

        (loaned quote from 'pinky and the brain' added the info just incase some people have been living under a rock during the past few decenia)
  • Dec 27 2012: Ask a question as an anonymous user, then find a good answer .
    follow the advice and become the king of the world
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      Jan 9 2013: Shh! Oh man. Now my plan won't work if EVERYBODY knows.
  • Jan 1 2013: Why in the world would anyone want to take over the world? Taking care of 7 billion morons would be such a drag. And I include myself in the 7 billion, but a bit more advanced. LOL
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    Dec 29 2012: As a popular song once said, "Send lawyers, guns, and money!"
    Oh wait....their doing that now.
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    Dec 28 2012: If you conquer your greed you have taken over the whole world.
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    Dec 27 2012: I disagree that upper middle class in USA are all intelligent and have leadership skills. Yes they sure like to think so but it is far from reality.

    Now to answer the question: I would buy ideas from Dr. Evil for 1 million dollars.
    • Dec 28 2012: Haha I meant to say that IF you were a upper middle class American with those skills. Of course most upper middle class or even most people don't have those skills
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    Dec 27 2012: Why? What's the need for world domination?
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      Dec 27 2012: Yaya! Clap clap clap clap!! Whoo Hoo! You win the bonus prize! yay! Clap clap clap!
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    Jan 9 2013: "The power of love is greater than the forces of nature"
    - Backstreet Boys, from the song 'Forces of nature'.
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    Jan 3 2013: I would enable the people of the world to take it over using something like this
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      Jan 9 2013: Now Armistral. You will never reach world domination that way.

      Ok so if you took over the world, you'd give it to everyone else. Brilliant. That's 6,999,999,999 people forever in your debt.
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    Jan 1 2013: I do not wish to dominate the world, I seek power for the purpose of giving power back to the people.
    To accomplish this I would create a "Representative Direct-Democracy"-party. A party where all views are welcome and where we could easily take and give power to/from the ones best/worst fitted for each job.
    The whole "One leader" attitude is such a waste of resources, we should all decide on our future, when we have the energy to do so.

    Here's a party that I'm working on advancing in Sweden.
  • Dec 31 2012: The Life Force is a server with all of your previous hundred lifetimes in one iPAD just for you!
    I could help everyone to prove his iPAD so as to conquer three basic needs? What did I look like, where was I a citizen and when was the time frame of each lifetime. This is basic identification for man on an iPAD that is the destination of the Cloud Era and it will be called the Clergy Era.
    The answers to these basic questions of matter, energy, space and time turns my loyalty or goodness and sweet humility to the human spiritual family, full circle. For example, I will discover that I am Soul wearing a human body and we who built all the great civilizations known today are no longer the same citizens there. They have gone forward as explorers to build new civilizations that can move the human spiritual family beyond the mind, the cloud of consciousness.
    On the contrary, we who live in these great cities or civilizations today are settlers who need to take advantage or take for granted the gift of life and learn to seek the highest in everything, how everything is a good thing and every disappointment is a blessing. I will thus have discovered why I have come back these hundred lifetimes afterwards and how I will use every single experience since that first time for better result today. The answers explain why one hundred lifetimes may be up to one million years of uninterrupted story in human spiritual evolution and it could be called one day on God’s calendar. I would have found the secret design of My Community iPAD.
    I hope everyone can accept to say that each lifetime may be represented by one day, today and Soul is the Clergy of Consciousness here on earth learning through: 1. Entry into Life 2. Exercise of Living 3. The fulfillment or Exit from Life or death. The world’s three ways of learning serve no purpose in Exit from Life phase.
    The fourth way of learning, the divine way, will become everyone's method to turn the fear of death into love of immortality.
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    Dec 31 2012: Trained, genetically modified Bunnies, with really sharp pointy teeth. That would probably be the best route. They will so not see that coming.
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      Dec 31 2012: The only flaw is if your opposition has "Thy Holy Hand Grenade" all is lost.
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        Dec 31 2012: Not a chance, the gene engineering I plan on using includes dense lizard scaled Iron skin. The only flaw I foresee is I named them all nee. ;)
  • Dec 29 2012: After making all the right connections, then making smooching with all those ladies over 65 (they love attention and they vote), I would provide FREE Cable and Internet service to all the people of the world. This would keep them so occupied in their homes, I would be able to make my plans for world domination.
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    Dec 29 2012: Uh. Become a multi-billion-dollar corporation, upload military industrial complexes via major governments, secure a bank account in the Caiman Islands, backed up in Swiss accounts, and remain invisible. Some call it old money...
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      Dec 29 2012: This was meant to be a 'fun and creative forum', Mark, and no lesson on contemporary attempts ... :o)
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        Jan 9 2013: Oh no. I was teaching again wasn't I. Ew.
  • Dec 27 2012: Two comments:

    1. THIS world? Wouldn't want it.

    2. Sounds like work. I have never understood how or why power motivates some people. It surely does, but to me this is a mystery.
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      Jan 9 2013: uh oh, let's lift a veil of mystery, of work, life, power, being...

      1. the Dakota do

      2. powerlessness on the other hand hits hard, unmistakeable

      mnisota is milky water, but the name didn't come from power, more from a way of being and observing nature

      Perhaps the truth is that nature owns us and not the other way around.
      • Jan 9 2013: 1. The Dakota can have it. I am sure they will do a much better job.

        2. In the context of taking over the world, I was using "power" as meaning power over other people. If by powerlessness you mean having to endure situations imposed by other people, with no power to change your situation, yes, I would not want to be in that situation. Wait a second. I already am.

        3. I have no doubt that we do not own nature.

        I like to think that I am part of nature, but I do not think that "own" is the right word for that relationship.
  • Dec 27 2012: I'd get myself elected to the USA Congress, they seem to think they have done this already!
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    Dec 27 2012: I would release the Honey Badgers.
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      Jan 9 2013: Yes yes. And the Kraken, don't forget the Kraken.
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    Dec 27 2012: An evolution of human thinking no revolution, an empowerment of the individual and an atrophied of government.
    • Dec 28 2012: How can you be ruler of the world if there is no world government? Or do you plan on becoming the CEO of a mutinational corporation so rich and powerful that it is a de facto world government?
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    Jan 7 2013: bio weapon with a vacine I have and can administer
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    Jan 6 2013: If you join me I will tell you.
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    Jan 3 2013: Firstly: you need to do it so the population does not release that they are slaves and believe they are free and living in a democracy.
    Secondly: ….. Hold up ….. has someone already taken over the world and we just don’t know it?
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    Jan 3 2013: Well there are 2 options. Lead with fear or lead through admiration. Getting people to admire you is hard. Some people will hate you just because you're admired. Fear is the most likely route. Large empires with one person in charge (dictator) is handled with fear. How you could hold the whole world in fear? Maybe start a new religion or maybe a plague? Either way it's important that you crush any and all individuality. People should not be allowed to think for themselves. That would just lead to revolt. So I think killing billion people over your evil reign over the earth should service... Another dark age
  • Jan 3 2013: MaryJane Twenkies. In a few months I could buy the world.
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    Jan 2 2013: Given that I was intelligent and possessed leadership skills .... why would I want to take over the world.

    Power is an aphrodisiac ... Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    I am not the right person for that kind of power. I fear for my soul should I be weak.
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    Jan 2 2013: Implement rules over the Free Market Economy to create a Regulated World Market Economy.

    Nationalizing/Globalizing the banks and central banks to make a Planetary Currency to unite the Nations.

    Implement rules over the new Planetary Banking System to fit the direction of the new Regulated World Market Economy.

    RWME Basics :
    Profit is not allowed to every corporations, profit will be a privilege given by the PBS to corporations which products or services are greatly needed to improve the quality of life of the people until satiety is attained and maintain.

    Bankruptcy will be apply to every corporations which products or services are considered threatening to human life.

    Freedom will be granted has a right to every individual. All needs will be provide by either private-corporations or state-corporations for free until satiety.

    Basic Needs are Housing/Electricity, Food/Water, Clothing/Health Care, Education/Entertainment, Transport and Access to Work/Humanitarian Aid projects if desired.

    The Currency will be earn by anyone that Work or participate in an Humanitarian Project. The individuals who do not wish to work will not be penalized but will not be privileged either, unlike those who decide to participate in Humanitarian Projects or available work.

    Privileges may include owning a house coupled with a piece of land, owning transportation units, etc. (you get the idea)

    "This is a fairly poor description of the basics of the system as i can't mention even half of the economy workings basics, if you don't understand keep in mind that this system is not meant to be a growing economy for a growing population but a stabilizing economy for a stable population."

    Now stable population requires birth control, my idea is to limit pregnancies to one per couple and possibly add an extra pregnancy per individual who works and owns already everything that he or she could own by privileges earned. That is to say someone who has worked about 20 years total, 7295 days.
    • Jan 3 2013: It would work if people were satiated with the necessaries of life, or satisfied having just enough given to them. And it's true, we all know people who are like that. I'd like to think I'd be happy with that too. But the vast majority of people? I don't think there's a chance that they would just happily fit into that system. You'd have half the population of the world in an uproar.
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        Jan 3 2013: I understand what you mean but i believe that we can adapt ourselves to this form of system gradually.

        But first of all the majority must decide to take this kind of system to make it work, the majority likes to remain blind to reality, the facts are, we are exploiting our arable soil too much and we're wasting a large amount of resources for unnecessary superficiality.

        So called rich country are in fact indebted countries, to me the only solution is this solution, it's odds of success are low, even almost nonexistent but it's the only solution i see as a real possibility.

        Turning the system upside down.
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    Dec 30 2012: I'd use the greatest inspiring force in human history... religion. I would get a few followers in a third world country through charisma, drug induced trances and other illegal substances would fake out of this world experiences. I would feed on the weak and hopeless. Give them hope and release and they will eat out of my hands. Once I have enough followers i will start a cult involving mind control and other such practices which I will slowly grow until I have enough people to use peer pressure to grow even further. I would then take over the country i was in using military force if necessary.

    I would take a third of the nation and arm them while the other 2 thirds i would turn into slave labor (this would of course be organised by race or some other such characteristic) under a small minority. I would then send out "missionaries" to do the same in other countries while i take advantage of my free labor force to make myself financially superior to everyone else. Once I'd taken over Africa it would be easy

    The world might not be left in the best of conditions but it would be mine...
  • Dec 30 2012: Spread rumors about joy and name yourself King Positivity, leave no stone unturned, make threats to all violent people of a cheerful takeover and if they don't comply they will be attack by kindness and bliss. Take time to meet every person on the planet and make sure that they have everything they need to survive and provide them with what they don't have. Make better effort in promoting world peace and creating laws that force everyone to give a helping hands. I still believe we need laws to control the peace and harmony and letting people know that anyone found not loving there neighbors will be subject to a lifetime of love.
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    Dec 30 2012: The only thing would be taking it over in this case and give it back to the proper owners of the world, the people. And the nature. A new system is possible and even if nobody as a individual should be allowed to take it over as individual, the only thing that one can do if magically he has a choice in his hands would be to restore a equality between the people and give them back the world with a different ideology and lifestyle.
  • Dec 30 2012: Ok so now I have a solidified plan to take over the world. Obviously I need to start a large corporation and then go to a small country island and tell them I will bring them thousands of jobs if I can put my HQ there but only if they don't make me pay taxes. My company will not be extremely profitable and can use these profits to expand even more! Eventually my company becomes the largest company in the world. I can use this money to now start buying up countries an land and weapons as troops and technology to make my country a much more powerful one. I then ask other nations if they want to join my country and form a union. This start a domino effect and the countries that don't want to I can either start a rebellion force or pay off the political leaders to join my country. I form a military style government where we are preparing for war and at maximum efficiency. Once I achieve this I can start to take over other countries by use of force. Hopefully they will want to avoid a war and will join my union however I would have all the people in Africa and South America (the two continents I take over first) to aid in my war effort. I would save the super powers for last (China Europe Russia USA India) and slowly take them out one by one. Using my larger population and by not trading with them and this crashing their economies, I could eventually rule the world!
    • Jan 3 2013: Until one of those superpower's intelligence agencies realizes what you're doing and assassinates you. Ooops!
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    Dec 29 2012: and creative:>)

    I would dance around the world singing the song....."All you need is love".....that's it....instant take over:>)

    OOPS....wait a minute....just read Rai's comment......yeah....good point....."smooching with all those ladies over 65".....we DO indeed love attention and we vote.....excellent point:>)
  • Dec 29 2012: Assuming you mean "rule the world as a dictator," a giant step in that direction would be to abolish the Bill of Rights and its counterparts across the world, impose martial law, seize all privately owned weapons, and destroy all Internet hardware. The coup de gras would be taking control of the distribution of food and petroleum products. I hope no one who reads this thinks I am even remotely interested in trying this crazy scheme!!!!!
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    Dec 29 2012: What does it mean to "take over the world"?
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      Jan 9 2013: Well it would probably not be any fun for you engineer types. You'd probably just fix everything.

      [I'm slightly embarrassed to say that my references for world domination come from American cartoon heroes like Yosemite Sam, Plankton, and Boris Badenov.]
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        Jan 9 2013: After 10+ years working as a quality engineer, I gave up on the idea that anything can be "fixed".

        Q: "How many quality engineers does it take to change a light bulb?" A: "None. We just report that it is dark in the room."

        I don't fix problems. I report them. Since reporting problems is my primary job function, maintaining a sane positive attitude is a matter of survival. Controlling my own psychological condition seems to me far more important than controlling the world.
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    Dec 29 2012: I would start by taking over one's own self first-
    when/if you are truly your own master you will/should realize how pointless this world is
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      Jan 9 2013: Excellent. I will pillage myself later when I'm not looking. Bwa ah ah.
  • Dec 28 2012: How would you take over the world?
    Well, 1st we all have to be on the same page. That means we all have to agree the world is NOT working at its current state of affairs. Then we have to recognize what the CAUSE may be.

    Ideologies, religion, governments, borders, race, political parties & hardline opinions is what divides us.

    So if I were POTUS (president of the US) I would start with an APOLOGY to the world and ask for a another chance.

    We (America) have gone astray from being an example to the rest of the world AND instead have become a CONQUEROR.

    With our foreign policy driven by paranoia from fear of being TERRORIZED thus becoming that which we fear the most "terrorists".

    The world has been watching for decades as we've used the CIA in manipulating foreign governments to the point of dissolving those governments so we could employ the IMF to loan $$ to fallen governments so they can rebuild with secret agreements to capture their resources and infuse financial institutions to direct their economies.

    Its no secret any longer most of the world knows and most Americans are oblivious thus could care less as long as they are entertained to have a good time. Cluelessness is no longer an excuse as the world continues to socially and ecologically decay now at an ever increasing speed.

    WE have to acknowledge this NOW or the whole world will implode into chaos further dividing us because we failed to agree of those key issues mention above which divide us.

    WE need to recognize the IDEA that diversity is a good thing otherwise a one world government will have us "conform" into "one synthetic product" a complete opposite of what humanity is all about.

    Common sense tells us that even one human being has multiple senses to help navigate each "individual" through life. We have to recognize each culture has something positive to offer to the world.

    So the start to take over the world is with a sincere apology followed with an ALL inclusive agenda of EQUALITY!
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    Dec 28 2012: I would build an extremely accurate computer model of the world complete with everything - including us, our beliefs, politics, etc etc.

    I would then fast forward the whole thing to see where 'business as usual' gets us...
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      Dec 28 2012: The issue with that approach is, it relies on technology remaining stagnant or changing at some predetermined rate. It can not predict the path of disruptive influences, like 3D printing, nanotechnology, when immortality will occur, a massive decrease in the cost of goods or energy, or some technological improbability like, Quantum Entanglement communications, or neutrino generating and capturing meta material (totally bogus idea) for communications occurring. Anyone of which would throw your model into total chaos.
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      Dec 29 2012: The ten fingers we have are accurate enough to calculate where we are heading 'as usual' ... :o)
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        Jan 9 2013: Obviously. (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
  • Dec 28 2012: 1) legitimitaly obtain power in one country, reform the hell out of it with popular support

    2) convince nearby, smaller countries to enter into a union with mine and embrace the reforms

    3) create a domino effect of countries entering my union and low key popular uprisings (against economic and social inequality) around the world to increase my union's population and resource base until it hits super power status

    4) sow mistrust between the other super (or major) powers

    5) nibble away at the other powers through cold-warring and absorbing federated states that vote to jojn my union

    6) rule the world, announce retirement and free elections to take place 10 years later and stick to that

    7) retire from being the first ruler of the world and hope something good came of it all
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    Dec 28 2012: First watch all the "Pinky and the Brain" episodes to figure out what will not work.

    Second learn the following three lines you will be using them a lot.
    1) It is not our fault you are poor, ignorant, and starving, it is (insert targeted group name here)'s fault.
    2) To keep you safe from (insert false boogeyman here) we need to pass this law.
    3) This law is to protect the children.

    Third build a self-replicating device about 3 feet on a side that uses cheap materials, dirt clay, sand, random assorted scrap metal. It should have the ability to copy itself, make larger devices and have the designs for houses, barns, energy generation (solar thermal) and storage, water gathering, farming, manufacturing, and construction robots, various household devices, and long and short range digital communication. It should allow people to create new designs and modify old ones. This technology will be possible in 3-7 years.

    Now lets track the result of this device on society.

    First will be the deflationary pressure put on the housing market as packed or glued earth houses that cost nothing except floor tiles and paint come to market. This will cause the banking sector to die a horrible unrecoverable death. Causing huge job losses and more people to be driven to use this technology out of desperation. Feedback loop anyone?

    Second from the farming robot piece, will be the failure of the large food producers as their profits tank.

    Third will be the failure of the large energy producers as these houses will be generating more power than they use.

    Forth will be the financial failure of most governments as their tax income falls and they can not meet their obligations. This would only require about 15%-25% of the population to opt out.

    Now for the take over the world part. While all this is going on you create "replicator governance groups" for various things. Basically, you become the world wide bureaucracy that controls everything, all outside the governments control.
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      Jan 9 2013: I'm not sure you watched Pinky and the Brain carefully enough. You might have missed some pretty good world domination schemes there. Hey. Think of Wile E. Coyote, with even a little bit of luck...
  • Dec 28 2012: I would give the world back to the people and let them take over THEir world.
    Yes, I know, I haven't taken it over yet, so I would use all the machinery that the rulers now use to brainwash the global population with, to educate, inform and demonstrate to them the truth about what our reality is really about or was/is supposed to be about.
    I for one, do not for one moment believe that because the world has worked (failed), this way for so long, that it somehow was supposed to be or meant to be this way. i.e. pitted against one another for survival instead of working together for life.
    In so doing, I would eliminate the reasons or causes for inequality, poverty, slavery, greed, crime, war and death, thus eliminating virtually all false and manufactured fear which is just another word for anger, greed, lust, false pride, envy, jealousy, and sloth. They are all fear, and humans react and behave much differently when they are afraid as opposed to when they are not and that is when their needs are met and there is no threat.

    In giving them their world to "take over" the main condition would have to be love, which is trampled, shut off, withheld and even scorned, when the list of causes is prevalent as they are today and they are unsustainable today.

    I think it would work but it requires humans learning to think much differently than they have been brainwashed into thinking.

    Most people in the world just want to live in peace, safety and harmony. They always have.
    It is only leaders that do not want this no matter what they tell you, me or us/US.
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    Dec 27 2012: Amass an army and douse all electric power. When chaos ensues take over. (it's coming)
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    Dec 27 2012: Step 1: Use intelligence and leadership skills to become as rich as possible.
    Step 2: Spend an insane amount of cash into funding research on how the human mind works and how to control it.
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: Rule the world filled with 7 billion puppets who will listen to whatever You say.
  • Dec 27 2012: First get more money and better associates. Don't believe that some really rich groups don't influence the frames that most of us use in our lives. What do words like conservative,liberal,etc. really mean? Also, some of the World's most powerful have names that are not known to us. In short, covertly influence the thoughts of others. I remember in Econ101 being told that Malthus and Ricardo were inconsequential,and that Malthus believed things about human populations that reading the original papers showed that he didn't. Advertise,mislead,etc. is the way to gain real power.
  • Dec 27 2012: One possibly way would be the Hoover method, named after J. Edgar Hoover, a man who was rumored to have dirt on everyone in politics. Imagine this on a global scale. Blackmail the world's leaders into allowing you to be involved in any or all decisions made by the leaders of whichever country. Because then you know what is happening in every country, and that sort of knowledge would be the ultimate power.
    • Dec 27 2012: Ya', that would be a good way...But I think Putin's trying it now.
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      Dec 28 2012: So become the head of the NSA internet spying program, is that what you are saying? :)
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    Dec 27 2012: I would:
    Let people understand what INVALID (ineffective, bad, harmfull) happiness is.
    And thus quit all kinds of the invalid happiness to save about 90% of resources/energy, eliminate inequality, stop wars, ... .