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Sit down with author and podcaster Steven Johnson to hear from leading thinkers and creators from around the world. The TED Interview is a space for guests to further delve into their groundbreaking work, give us a peek into how they discover and explore fascinating ideas, and, in some cases, even defend their thinking. This season, we’re looking at the future of intelligence. Ponder how we can train ourselves to see into the future with Jane McGonigal, find the humanities in science with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and listen in on the thought processes of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. Welcome to your front-row seat to great conversations with the world’s brightest minds.

Sit down with author and podcaster Steven Johnson to hear from leading thinkers and creators from around the world. The TED Interview is a space for guests to further delve into their groundbreaking work, give us a peek into how they discover and explore fascinating ideas, and, in some cases, even defend their thinking. This season, we’re looking at the future of intelligence. Ponder how we can train ourselves to see into the future with Jane McGonigal, find the humanities in science with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and listen in on the thought processes of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. Welcome to your front-row seat to great conversations with the world’s brightest minds.

 

#73

How to predict the future with Jane McGonigal

Future forecaster and game designer Jane McGonigal ran a social simulation game in 2008 that had players dealing with the effects of a respiratory pandemic set to happen in the next decade. She wasn’t literally predicting the 2020 pandemic—but she got eerily close. Her game, set in 2019, featured scenarios we're now familiar with (like masking and social distancing), and participant reactions gave her a sense of what the world could—and eventually, did—look like. How did she do it? And what can we learn from this experiment to predict—and prepare for—the future ourselves? In this episode, Jane teaches us how to be futurists, and talks about the role of imagination—and gaming—in shaping a future that we’re truly excited about. Jane’s new book, Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today is available now. ... Read more

30 Jun 2022

42 MINS

42:43

30 Jun 2022


#72

Steven Johnson wants to know how enlightenment happens

It’s official, the TED Interview has a new host! In Chris’s last episode as head of the show, he interviews his successor, bestselling science and technology author Steven Johnson. Two self-described intellectual soulmates, Chris and Steven take a deep dive in discussing where ideas come from, how optimism benefits creative ideation, the complex and even controversial process of discovery, and the beauty of what they call the “adjacent possible.” ... Read more

23 Jun 2022

54 MINS

54:31

23 Jun 2022


#71

Unlocking the mysteries of our brain | David Eagleman

The way that our brain perceives the world is profoundly informed by our senses–so what would happen if we could heighten them—or even create a whole NEW sense? In one of his last episodes as host of the show, Chris Anderson kicks off our series on the future of intelligence by interviewing neuroscientist and author David Eagleman. They’ll decode the mysteries of the brain, consider consciousness and what it means to be human, and dig deep into David’s ground-breaking research on how wearable technology can bypass sensory impairment, translating sound into patterns of vibration for the deaf and hard of hearing. ... Read more

16 Jun 2022

57 MINS

57:19

16 Jun 2022


#70

What’s on Elon Musk’s mind?

What will it take to build a future worth being excited about? Elon Musk believes we already have the tools that will help us create one, but we must take bold action to get there. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he’s working on—Tesla’s intelligent humanoid robot Optimus, SpaceX’s otherworldly Starship and Neuralink’s brain-machine interfaces—could help maximize the lifespan of humanity and create a world where goods and services are abundant and accessible for all. This episode was recorded on April 6, 2022. To talk about recent developments including his bid to buy Twitter, Elon joined Chris on stage at TED 2022 on April 14. You can listen to that interview now by following TED Talks Daily wherever you’re listening to this. ... Read more

15 Apr 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:52

15 Apr 2022


#69

The limitless potential of human knowledge | David Deutsch

In an ever expanding world, it can be easy to think of our lives as insignificant. But according to David Deutsch, we all possess one skill that gives each of us infinite reach: our ability to attain knowledge. In the final episode of this season dedicated to making a case for optimism, Chris revisits his interview with the father of quantum computing to explore how knowledge first developed, how it sets us apart and how we can use it to shape a more hopeful future. ... Read more

26 Jun 2021

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:39

26 Jun 2021


#68

The science and ethics of rewriting our DNA | Jennifer Doudna

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering CRISPR, a revolutionary biotech tool that can edit DNA with unprecedented precision and ease. But how exactly does CRISPR work, and what consequences may arise from altering our internal makeup? She talks to Chris about the remarkable effects CRISPR can have on our lives--from eradicating genetic diseases to slowing the climate crisis--as well as the ethical and moral questions we must grapple with when it comes to changing who we are. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations, and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

46 MINS

46:07

17 Jun 2021


#67

Can planting trees really stop climate change? | Thomas Crowther

From governments to airlines to your favorite eco-friendly clothing brand, tree-planting campaigns are everywhere. Reforesting the planet has become one of the quickest, easiest and most ubiquitous ways to reduce our carbon footprint...but is it actually helping to stop climate change? Ecologist Thomas Crowther speaks with Chris about how planting trees can actually hurt the environment -- unless it's done right. In which case, it can be a pivotal solution in our efforts to end the climate crisis. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations, and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

47 MINS

47:38

10 Jun 2021


#66

Bonus: How to give a killer speech | How To!

We all have to give a presentation at some point in our lives—on a stage, in a conference room, and, these days, on Zoom. So what makes a good speech? In this episode from How To! science writer David Epstein turns the microphone on Chris to find the answer. Chris breaks down some of the most famous talks of all time and solves an unusual challenge from a 6th-grader named Lucy: can he help her prepare for the biggest speech of her young life? This is an episode of How To!, a podcast from Slate. For more episodes, find it wherever you're listening to this. ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

29 MINS

29:44

08 Jun 2021


#65

The end of our 50-year stagnation | Tyler Cowen

Some believe our world has changed at a rapid pace in recent decades. From the rise of the internet to the proliferation of startups spinning out inventions, it can certainly seem that way. In this episode, though, economist Tyler Cowen argues that none of this has really transformed the ways we live over the last 50 years. But he contends that now that's changing, as new breakthroughs in science and medicine push us out of the so-called "Great Stagnation" into a new era of meaningful innovation. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations, and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

58 MINS

58:19

03 Jun 2021


#64

How to turn grit into a lifelong habit | Angela Duckworth

What does it take to persevere and succeed, not just in our careers but in all aspects of our lives? For psychologist Angela Duckworth, the answer can be summed up in one concept: grit. She explains the ingredients in grit and the experiences that make one person persist where another gives up — and offers concrete steps to instill grit early in life and sustain it. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations, and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

27 May 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:04

27 May 2021


#63

What it really takes to make change | Jacqueline Novogratz

From the strikes that transformed the world's view on climate change to the marches that demanded equity and justice for Black lives, there has been a new awakening of people passionate about creating change. As founder and CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz decided early on to dedicate her life's work to doing just that. In this episode, Chris talks to Jacqueline (who he also happens to be married to) about the wisdom she gained from abandoning a lucrative career as a banker to start a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating global poverty, and the moral imagination -- and difficult tradeoffs -- she believes are necessary to make a transformative impact on the world. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

20 May 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:02

20 May 2021


#62

How youth gave climate the urgency it needed | Xiye Bastida

Before the pandemic struck, young people everywhere abandoned their classrooms and took to the streets. Xiye Bastida was a driving force among these youth climate activists in the U.S. Xiye grew up in Mexico, moved to New York at 13 and started organizing school walk-outs to demand a future unruined by climate change. That movement led to one of the biggest global marches the world has ever seen. In this conversation, Chris and Xiye explore how a group of young people shifted the cultural zeitgeist for a problem that is often seen as too vast, and too entrenched, to overcome. Can’t get enough TED? Become a member for access to exclusive events, global conversations and more. Join now:  [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) . ... Read more

13 May 2021

44 MINS

44:44

13 May 2021


#61

Work is never going back to normal | Simon Sinek

Work as we knew it is undergoing seismic shifts as the pandemic in the U.S. wanes. As some businesses reopen, even people lucky enough to work from home face big questions. What lessons do we take from this past year? How should we lead? How should we talk to each other? How should we even relate to work? Chris turns to Simon Sinek, a thinker and writer on leadership, for some candid guidance in this moment of reinvention. This conversation was recorded in front of a live virtual audience of TED Members. To join us for future recordings, access to exclusive events, global conversations, and more, visit [go.ted.com/podmembers] (https://www.ted.com/membership?utm_source=tedinterview&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=membership-pods&utm_content=chris) ... Read more

06 May 2021

46 MINS

46:26

06 May 2021