Themes Tales of Invention

Tales of Invention An experimental French multiplane prepares for a flight attempt in the 1890s.

TED has always loved a good creation story. No matter the scale -- kitchen, continent, or solar system -- invention grants us access to the frontiers of our understanding.

Legendary designer Philippe Starck's lively ruminations on his own creative process suggest how the patterns of a civilization might affect, say, the design of a citrus juicer. Jan Chipchase investigates the worldwide impact of mobile phones -- and the impact of culture on next-generation mobile technology. Explorer and adventurer Bill Stone, meanwhile, fires up a rapt audience with his ambitious plan to harvest energy from the moon.

Copyright lawyer Larry Lessig gives a brief history of creative freedom and copyright, and talks about how contemporary copyright law could strangle future artistic invention and interpretation. William Kamkwamba tells how he built a windmill from scrap metal when he was 14 years old. And Amy Smith shares her transformative low-tech tools for saving life in the developing world.

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Play_iconCharles Limb: Building the musical muscle

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

15:59 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 407,979 | Comments: 92

Play_iconPéter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot

05:16 Posted: Nov 2011

Views: 461,271 | Comments: 99

Play_iconYves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman

Yves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman

14:48 Posted: Nov 2011

Views: 4,725,532 | Comments: 107

Play_iconAlexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

09:37 Posted: Nov 2011

Views: 4,846,107 | Comments: 481

Play_iconAllan Jones: A map of the brain

Allan Jones: A map of the brain

15:21 Posted: Nov 2011

Views: 735,590 | Comments: 97

Play_iconAnna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive

Anna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive

09:38 Posted: Nov 2011

Views: 839,110 | Comments: 100

Play_iconJay Bradner: Open-source cancer research

Jay Bradner: Open-source cancer research

12:47 Posted: Oct 2011

Views: 421,572 | Comments: 132

Play_iconMalcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

15:00 Posted: Oct 2011

Views: 757,515 | Comments: 302

Play_iconJustin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid

Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid

12:45 Posted: Oct 2011

Views: 903,997 | Comments: 298

Play_iconMike Biddle: We can recycle plastic

Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic

10:58 Posted: Oct 2011

Views: 805,635 | Comments: 310

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