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Why Everything Shouldn’t Happen in the Cloud

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Cloud computing shouldn't be an either/or decision. We should definitely make use of the tremendous collaborative possibilities of the Web for some tasks but utilize "the awesome local, graphical power and computing p...

Marco Tempest: The augmented reality of techno-magic

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Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.

Dr. Eddie O’Connor on The 12th Chinese Five Year Plan: Setting the Global Agenda

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Dr. O'Connor provided an analysis of China's 12th five-year plan, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the country, and captured the strategic importance of the plan in business, economic and political terms. This is...

Aubrey de Grey on his Creative Process

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Aubrey de Grey discusses the key to becoming a good researcher.

Why Cornel West Beat up His Third Grade Teacher

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His third-grade teacher slapped him when he didn't salute the flag, and he hit her back.

Stephen M. Walt on Obama’s Foreign Policy and the End of the American Era

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Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Rene Belfer Professor of International Relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Ch...

Have a Big Idea, Break it in Half

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What good is Wi-Fi on a plane that's always two hours late? Or a lavishly decorated room with an uncomfortable bed? As Jason Fried explains, many of us pay a price for enacting too ambitious of an idea without focusin...

Stephen Fry: My Favorite American City

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After touring all 50 states, the British comedian likes San Francisco most, with its close proximity to Sequoia National Park and Big Sur.

James Randi: Why I Came Out at Age 81

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As a teenager in the '40s, James Randi "would have gotten stoned" for being gay. But when he outed himself to the world in 2010, the reaction was "wonderful."

Henry Rollins: For President

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Henry envisions his first days in office.

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