TED Talks of 2019

5 tips to improve your critical thinking

Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us. Some are small and unimportant, but others have a larger impact on our lives. For example, which politician should I vote for? Should I try the latest diet craze? Or will email make me a millionaire? We're bombarded with so many decisions that it's impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances, and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking.

  1. formulate your question
  2. gather your information
  3. apply the information
  4. consider the implications
  5. explore other points of view


Everything around you can become a computer

Designer Ivan Poupyrev wants to integrate technology into everyday objects to make them more useful and fun -- like a jacket you can use to answer phone calls or a houseplant you can play like a keyboard. In a talk and tech demo, he lays out his vision for a physical world that's more deeply connected to the internet and shows how, with a little collaboration, we can get there.


It is not about privacy -- it is about power

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal is not about privacy -- it is about power, says journalist Carole Cadwalladr. In conversation with TED Global Curator Bruno Giussani, Cadwalladr discusses the latest on her reporting on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal -- and what we still don't know about the transatlantic links between Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. "Who has the information, who has the data about you, that is where power now lies," Cadwalladr says.