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TEDTalks 2011 Countdown (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 01/13/12 02:58 PM ET   Updated: 01/16/12 10:23 AM ET

In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post counted down 18 great ideas of 2011, and featured the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012. Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas in the order they were unveiled, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres.

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  • (Premiere) #17: Kathryn Schulz: On Regret

    At a time of year when most people are looking to the future and enumerating their resolutions for the new year, I encourage you to take a moment and dwell on your regrets instead. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/30/kathryn-schulz-on-regret_n_1120765.html" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #16: Deb Roy: The Birth of A Word

    We are creating learning systems to interpret the intended meaning of social media comments made "in the wild." We call our television data set the TV Genome. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/deb-roy-the-birth-of-a-wo_n_1120762.html" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #15: Sebastian Thrun: Google's Driverless Car

    Self-driving cars can make traffic safer, as they never blink or focus on switching the radio station. They have no blind spots, and they can simultaneously process information at a rate that no human can match. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/self-driving-car_n_1130568.html" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #14: Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's Take Back the Internet!

    Self-driving cars can make traffic safer, as they never blink or focus on switching the radio station. They have no blind spots, and they can simultaneously process information at a rate that no human can match. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/internet-freedom_n_1133513.html" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #13: Naomi Klein: Addicted to Risk

    As a culture we have been far too willing to gamble with things that are precious and irreplaceable. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/naomi-klein-risk_n_1136389.html?1323359829" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #12: Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness

    We are showing people that we can have everything we need, and that our lives and planet will be happier, healthier and more beautiful using less stuff and space. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/life-editing_n_1138817.html?1323446551" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #11: Julia Bacha: Pay Attention to Nonviolence

    We should all take notice of the scores of Palestinians and Israelis currently working at the grassroots to resolve the conflict and end the occupation. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/nonviolence_n_1142021.html?1323705676" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #10: Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

    Even as people worry about "The End of Men," we have to acknowledge that men still run the world. Our revolution has stalled. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/sheryl-sandberg-ted-talk_n_1145415.html?1323791868" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • #9: Eli Pariser: Beware Online "Filter Bubbles"

    There's a shift in how information is flowing online -- and it's invisible. But if we don't pay attention to it, it could become a real problem. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/internet-censorship_n_1147078.html?1323877374" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #8: Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

    Even if letting ourselves be seen and opening ourselves up to judgment or disappointment feels terrifying, the alternatives are worse. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/brene-brown-vulnerability_n_1150976.html?1323965500" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #7: Harald Haas: Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb

    Soon when you switch on the light in the morning, that light will beam the latest news to your smartphone. From the breakfast table, you will be able to send emails through the table light. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/harald-haas-wireless-data_n_1153538.html?1324050673" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #6: Marcin Jakubowski: Open-Sourced Blueprints for Civilization

    There is a growing desire around the world to fundamentally remix this relationship with machines and specialization -- to increase access, engagement, and understanding. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/wiki-diy-civilization_n_1157895.html?1324310724" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #5: Anthony Atala: Printing a Human Kidney

    To many people, the idea of growing replacement body parts in the lab sounds like modern-day science fiction. In truth, it's quickly becoming science fact. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/printing-organs_n_1160307.html?1324396773" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #4: Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian Revolution

    Something Egyptians have proven to be true is that the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/egyptian-revolution-wael-ghonim_n_1162631.html?1324483037" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • (Premiere) #3: Karen Tse: Abolishing Torture

    Just as the 19th century abolished slavery and the 20th century established human rights, so too the 21st century is the one in which we can end torture. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/22/end-torture-karen-tse-_n_1164166.html?1324569854" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #2: Salman Khan: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education

    Just as YouTube serves as the world's archive of the human experience, so too can it serve as the world's biggest and most thrilling classroom. <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/video-learning_n_1167574.html?1324656689" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • #1: John Hunte: On the World Peace Game

    When my students are thrown into a super-heated crucible with a recipe for immediate and complete failure, they don't boil over or give up. They turn lead into gold. Why can't we adults do the same? <b><em>Download the limited edition podcast from iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/18-ideas-worth-spreading-in/id493062651" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em></b> <em>Read the original TEDTalks blog post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/26/world-peace-game_n_1169863.html?1324914239" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

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