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Speakers with dream jobs

What do you want to be when you grow up? These speakers have staked out the coolest careers — some you probably never knew existed.

  1. 15:55
    Dennis Hong My seven species of robot — and how we created them

    At TEDxNASA, Dennis Hong introduces seven award-winning, all-terrain robots — like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR — all built by his team at RoMeLa, Virginia Tech. Watch to the end to hear the five creative secrets to his lab's incredible technical success.

  2. 16:52
    Thomas Heatherwick Building the Seed Cathedral

    A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

  3. 15:50
    Erin McKean The joy of lexicography

    Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

  4. 18:36
    Sarah Jones What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers

    Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud performance, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them the questions all of us want answered.

  5. 6:02
    Nizar Ibrahim How we unearthed the spinosaurus

    A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur — who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all.

  6. 4:25
    Patience Mthunzi Could we cure HIV with lasers?

    Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?

  7. 17:36
    Ge Wang The DIY orchestra of the future

    Ge Wang makes computer music, but it isn’t all about coded bleeps and blips. With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, he creates new instruments out of unexpected materials — like an Ikea bowl — that allow musicians to play music that’s both beautiful and expressive.

  8. 8:38
    Edith Widder How we found the giant squid

    Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight — and the teamwork — that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.

  9. 3:59
    Lucy McRae How can technology transform the human body?

    TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect — she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

  10. 16:52
    Theaster Gates How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

    Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.

  11. 5:20
    Sarah Parcak Archaeology from space

    In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" — using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.