Invention

A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of invention.

Exclusive articles about Invention

4 critical mistakes that inventors make

The history of innovation isn’t a straight line, but a squiggly, winding path. In How We Got To Now, my new book and PBS documentary series, I highlight some of the creative mis...

Video playlists about Invention

The creative spark

6 talks • 1h 51m
What makes us create and innovate? Here, wildly creative thinkers share ideas and insights into what kindles genius.

How to live with robots

10 talks • 2h 10m
As machines grow ever more intelligent, they're emerging not just as powerful tools, but close companions. These talks -- while offering some whizzy demos -- examine how robots are becoming an intimate part of our lives.

Where do ideas come from?

8 talks • 2h 03m
How does the metaphorical lightbulb go off? Is it a flash of genius? The power of crowds? These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves: Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nurture them.

Sustainability by design

12 talks • 2h 09m
Humans are builders and creators—but how can we build thoughtfully, without waste? These talks explore sustainable design—both past and present—and its beautiful, inspiring results.
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Talks about Invention

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