Juan Enriquez: What will humans look like in 100 years?
We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals -- futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we'll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
This is the most popular TED video of all time with more than 10 million views. I'm kind of scared to try and summarize this talk because I don't want to mess it up, but I'll give it a try. He makes the case that kids are born creative, and that they are educated out of it. And this happens because of the stigma associated with making mistakes in school and in our workplaces. Moreover, the education system was designed during the industrial age and although the world has changed a lot since then, the subjects that are given most importance are still the ones which are most useful during the industrial age (i.e. no importance to arts). Also, did I say, he's hilarious!
Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator (TED Talk)
Tim Urban of WaitButWhy.com knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.