What Are TED Talks?


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TED Talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference and associated events and programs that offer great ideas presented by some of the world's most engaging speakers. TED Talks are typically 18 minutes or less, and videos of these talks are archived at TED.com and can be watched, shared and distributed for free under the Creative Commons license.

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The first six TED Talks were released online in June 2006. As of October 2014, over 1,900 TED Talks are available on the TED website. The online archive of TED Talks boasts a global audience and over a billion total views, as of November 2012. Notable past speakers include Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Bono, Al Gore, J.J. Abrams, Julian Assange and Larry Page. While TED has its genesis in technology, the TED Talks cover a wide range of topics, including business, environment, philanthropy, science and global social issues.

Most TED Talks on the website come with subtitles and a click-enabled, time-stamped transcript. The talks are rated using tags, including jaw-dropping, funny, persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful and informative, to make it easier for viewers to find the type of Talk they desire. As of 2014, TED is owned by The Sapling Foundation.

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