Best of TED (Part 3)

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and is an annual conference in California. There a lot of scientist, engineers, politicians, entrepreneurs meet. In the talks some of them present their current work or the current state of their field. The talks cover a wide variety of topics.
On the homepage ted.com some of the talks are available as videos. Every weekday a new video is added from some previous conference. The talks are always very interesting, and one learns quite a lot.
So far I have watched about three quarters of the videos that have been published. Most of the talks are really good and worth watching. However, I have compiled a list of talks I liked best so far.

This list reflects my personal opinion and is not an official list published by TED.

The ratings under the videos are the ratings that have been given by the community on the TED-homepage. Even though I generally agree with those ratings, they do not necessarily reflect my opinion.

The list is in no particular order, so it is not a statement, whether a talk is on top of the list or the bottom.

For those who want to see more TED-talks, the full list of videos is available under: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/list.

I will continue watching the remaining videos and collecting the best of those talks. So when I have gathered the 50 talks, I will publish them as well. This, however, might take a while.

Here is the lists for Best Of TED (Part 1) and Best Of TED (Part 2).

Geek Tip: If this list is saved on a local computer, one can remove the HTML-code of the videos already seen and statistics of the average and total length of the videos will only be calculated for all remaining videos. This is particularly useful when copying the other lists in one list and have the total length of all remaining videos calculated.

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David's Best of TED-List:

Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable

TEDGlobal 2009
Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable

09:31 Posted: Aug 2009

Rated:Ingenious Jaw-dropping Inspiring

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

TEDGlobal 2009
Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

17:42 Posted: Aug 2009

Rated:Inspiring Fascinating Informative

Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle

 
Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle

14:54 Posted: Jun 2009

Rated:Inspiring Beautiful Persuasive

Dean Ornish on healing
Robert Lang folds way-new origami
James Nachtwey's searing pictures of war
Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

TED@State
Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

19:56 Posted: Aug 2009

Rated:Persuasive Fascinating Informative

Carolyn Porco flies us to Saturn
William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

TEDGlobal 2009
William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

05:59 Posted: Sep 2009

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Ingenious

Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness

TEDGlobal 2009
Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness

19:51 Posted: Sep 2009

Rated:Funny Inspiring Fascinating

Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

TED2010
Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

18:21 Posted: Feb 2010

Rated:Persuasive Inspiring Courageous

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

Harvard University
JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

20:58 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Inspiring Beautiful Funny

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

TEDIndia 2009
Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

02:42 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Funny Informative Fascinating

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

Carnegie Mellon University
Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

76:27 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Inspiring Beautiful Courageous

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Stanford University
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

15:04 Posted: Dec 2009

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Beautiful

Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles

EG 2008
Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles

11:49 Posted: Dec 2009

Rated:Fascinating Informative Beautiful

Tom Wujec demos the 13th-century astrolabe

TEDGlobal 2009
Tom Wujec demos the 13th-century astrolabe

09:25 Posted: Nov 2009

Rated:Informative Fascinating Beautiful

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

Bowery Poetry Club
Taylor Mali: What teachers make

03:02 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Inspiring Funny Beautiful

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

TED2010
Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

19:02 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Inspiring Funny Fascinating

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

TED2010
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

05:33 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Inspiring Fascinating Informative

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

TED2010
James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

17:08 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Inspiring Fascinating Informative

Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music

World Science Festival
Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music

03:04 Posted: Feb 2010

Rated:Funny Fascinating Beautiful

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

TED2010
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

20:03 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Inspiring Ingenious Informative

Bertrand Piccard's solar-powered adventure

TEDGlobal 2009
Bertrand Piccard's solar-powered adventure

17:46 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Persuasive

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

TEDxBoston
George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

16:16 Posted: Feb 2010

Rated:Ingenious Informative Fascinating

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

TEDMED 2009
Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

20:49 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Jaw-dropping

Sean Carroll on the arrow of time (Part 1)

University of Sydney
Sean Carroll on the arrow of time (Part 1)

28:57 Posted: Feb 2010

Rated:Informative Fascinating Jaw-dropping

Sean Carroll on the arrow of time (Part 2)

University of Sydney
Sean Carroll on the arrow of time (Part 2)

24:21 Posted: Jan 2010

Rated:Informative Fascinating Jaw-dropping

Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

TED2010
Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

06:51 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Informative Fascinating Inspiring

Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world

TED2010
Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world

06:02 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Inspiring Persuasive Beautiful

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

TED2010
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

03:09 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Inspiring Persuasive Ingenious

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

TED2010
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

08:12 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Jaw-dropping

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

TED2010
Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

19:01 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Persuasive Informative Courageous

Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)

TED2010
Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)

05:59 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Funny Ingenious Informative

Roz Savage: Why I'm rowing across the Pacific

Mission Blue Voyage
Roz Savage: Why I'm rowing across the Pacific

18:35 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Inspiring Courageous Fascinating

Edith Widder: Glowing life in an underwater world

Mission Blue Voyage
Edith Widder: Glowing life in an underwater world

17:19 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Fascinating Jaw-dropping Informative

Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

TEDxNASA
Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

16:14 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Fascinating Informative Inspiring

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

TEDIndia 2009
Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

15:50 Posted: Nov 2009

Rated:Fascinating Funny Informative

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

TEDxNYED
Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

11:39 Posted: May 2010

Rated:Persuasive Inspiring Informative

Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria?

TED2010
Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria?

16:58 Posted: May 2010

Rated:Ingenious Jaw-dropping Fascinating

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

TED2010
William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

20:02 Posted: May 2010

Rated:Informative Persuasive Fascinating

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

University of California
Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

87:36 Posted: Mar 2010

Rated:Funny Inspiring Informative

David Logan on tribal leadership

TEDxUSC
David Logan on tribal leadership

16:39 Posted: Oct 2009

Rated:Inspiring Informative Persuasive

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud

TED2007
James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud

17:19 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Funny Persuasive Informative

Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future

TEDGlobal 2009
Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future

09:54 Posted: Dec 2009

Rated:Informative Persuasive Fascinating

Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational

TED2010
Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational

19:14 Posted: Apr 2010

Rated:Persuasive Informative Funny

John Underkoffler points to the future of UI

TED2010
John Underkoffler points to the future of UI

15:22 Posted: Jun 2010

Rated:Jaw-dropping Fascinating Ingenious

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

TEDIndia 2009
Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

04:26 Posted: Dec 2009

Rated:Funny Inspiring Informative

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

TEDGlobal 2010
Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

16:26 Posted: Jul 2010

Rated:Fascinating Inspiring Persuasive

Hans Rosling on global population growth

TED@Cannes
Hans Rosling on global population growth

10:04 Posted: Jul 2010

Rated:Informative Persuasive Inspiring