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Are You Human? Take This Simple Test To Find Out

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.18.2014 | Comedy

Ze Frank knows how to connect to humans. In his latest TED talk, Frank asks a crowd a series of questions to connect them to their humanness. The q...

When We Explore The Deep Sea, We Are Exploring For Our Own Survival

Greg Stone | Posted 07.18.2014 | TED Weekends
Greg Stone

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHealthy oceans can help ease the increasing burden our population is placing on this planet, but we need to be able to explore, observe and learn about the oceans in their entirety in order to protect and conserve them effectively.

WATCH: How A Team Of Deep-Sea Explorers Found One Of The Ocean's Most Elusive Creatures

TEDTalks | Posted 07.18.2014 | TED Weekends

Humans have been looking for the giant squid ever since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film -- until now.

A Positive Attitude Is Much More Than A Smile

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPeople with positive attitudes get mad, just like anyone else, and they don't spend their days with a smile plastered on their faces covering up their frustrations. A positive attitude is someone who is proactive, who finds a desire within themselves to create positive change.

How I Found Inspiration In The Typical

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWil is not typical because he has 47 chromosomes, while all the other children in his classroom have 46. In other words, Wil has Down syndrome, and his classmates do not. Seeger is not typical, because it's not common to hear kids share these everyday types of conversations with Wil.

I Look At You, And I Am Inspired Only For My Son

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Seidman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI find inspiration in teens and adults with cerebral palsy doing everyday things. If I saw an adult with cerebral palsy in a pool swimming, I'd be psyched. I am inspired because of the hope they give me that Max will do the same when he is older.

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

Jess Wilson | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBrooke is not inspiring because she is autistic. She is inspiring because she lives her life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance.

"Inspiration Porn" Objectifies People With Disabilities

Ellen Painter Dollar | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Painter Dollar

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdmire me for what I do -- for writing well, raising decent kids or having a lovely garden. But don't admire me just for existing, just because I live a mostly unremarkable life with scars and a limp and a history of dozens of broken bones.

Leveling The Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young And The Dangers Of "Inspiration Porn"

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Erin M. Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen you do something unexpected or out of the ordinary, it rarely starts out as such. You do it because you want to or because it could lead to a better way of life. You're not thinking about the lasting impact it may or may not have on people, or how they will react to your decision to do something crazy.

WATCH: This May Be The Single Greatest Lie We've All Been Sold About Disability

TEDTalks | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends

Being disabled doesn't automatically make you a noble inspiration to all humanity, says Stella Young. In this very funny talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."

Taking A Bite Out Of The Shark Suit

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 07.01.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Douglas Fields

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI've seen many shark attacks and what impresses me is how wary and cowardly sharks are. They typically circle and check out their prey from a safe distance, then ease in closer to gain more information. Then, they frequently probe it in a swift passing bump before something switches in their brain and they attack in a way that the word used to describe sharks at supper portrays -- a frenzy.

Sharks, Galapagos And A Peaceful Coexistence

Dr. Ellen Prager | Posted 06.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Ellen Prager

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBased on how sharks have been portrayed in movies, television and in the news, a great number of people believe that humans are considered a snack sensation in the ocean. In reality, people are not good shark food.

There's Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of

Paul de Gelder | Posted 06.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Paul de Gelder

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere are not many of us who are going to go through an encounter with our worst nightmare that leave us with vital bits missing and with nothing left to fear. But our world is made more amazing by its danger, more exciting with its risks.

WATCH: A Shark-Deterrent Wetsuit (And It's Not What You Think)

TEDTalks | Posted 06.27.2014 | TED Weekends

Ocean swimmer Hamish Jolly wished there was a wetsuit that could keep sharks at bay -- so he invented one. Find out how he did it, and how you could apply the same techniques to create an innovation of your own.

The Fall Of Facebook - And What's Next

Nikita Bier | Posted 06.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Nikita Bier

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us would argue that our online identities are not who we really are. Rather, it's the mask we have to wear in today's social Internet.

There's A Time And Place For Sharing Data

Rajat Paharia | Posted 06.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Rajat Paharia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the process for sharing data is transparent and linked to specific goals, most people don't mind revealing their data. And while most people understand this value at a retail level, another place where this is particularly true is when they're at work.

Curly Fries And Big Data: An Appetizing Path Forward For Responsible Data Use

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Jules Polonetsky

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBig Data could lead to the greatest advances society has seen in generations. Or, it could take us down a path of poor decisions and increased discrimination. Eating curly fries (unfortunately!) wont make us smart enough to guide the right decisions, but collaboration between technologists, policymakers, and businesses could.

Navigating the 'Fog of Data Ignorance'

William Hoffman | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
William Hoffman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEffective transparency is not a one-way mirror that reduces individuals to being spectators on how their data is used. Instead, meaningful transparency requires both inbound and outbound information flows. It requires institutions (commercial and governmental) to listen and act upon the wants and needs of individuals.

Big Data, Democracy And The Path Not Taken

Shannon Vallor | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Shannon Vallor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGolbeck succumbs to a dangerous, self-fulfilling fatalism, one all too common among other well-meaning proponents of her alternative solution -- namely, to simply arm individual users with more digital tools to fight back.

Will Computers Soon Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

Dominic Basulto | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Dominic Basulto

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us simply find it too tiring, too complex, to pay much attention to all the privacy settings out there. How many of us, for example, actually change the password settings when we are supposed to? We assume, naively, that there must be some kind of law out there that keeps corporations from going too far with all that data they are collecting on us.

WATCH: Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You

TEDTalks | Posted 06.20.2014 | TED Weekends

Are you sharing more than you mean to online? Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how the simple act of "liking" something on social media reveals more personal information about you than you'd think. Is this what privacy looks like in the digital age - or is there another way?

Cultivating Compassion For Survivors

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 06.18.2014 | TED Weekends
Dese'Rae L. Stage

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAttempt survivors are not nameless, faceless statistics. We can't be stereotyped or huddled together under one big umbrella of "crazy." We are not selfish. We are real people with real problems, and we're in pain.

Addressing The Elephant On The Bridge

Todd Hanson | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Todd Hanson

Along with all these multilayered personal responses, there was another, much less complicated reaction invoked as I listened to Sgt. Briggs' story, so I'll talk about that one instead. One that is direct, basic, and easy to say. The simple, pragmatic thought that, for me, as I listened, was the Elephant In The Room of this whole TED talk.

3 Things That Will Help You Live In Hope

Rev. Mary Robin Craig | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Rev. Mary Robin Craig

If you are one of the survivors, if you are one of those whose loved one completed the jump, or the hanging, or the overdose, or the shot to the head, I have three things to share with you. Three things which might help you yourself survive the days and weeks and years ahead. Three things I learned from the many people who have had the courage and compassion to accompany my family and me in one way or another since the death by suicide of our son and brother. Three things which might help you live in hope.

WATCH: This Ex-Officer's Haunting, Powerful Words About Suicide Could Save Someone's Life

TEDTalks | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends

If you saw someone on the verge of suicide, would you know what to say? As a patrolman on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Briggs helped bring many people back from the brink. In this moving talk, he gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be thinking of taking their own lives.