The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date

TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. And that leaves many wondering exactly which ideas have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalks videos have been available online. Here, a list of the 20 most-watched talks on all the platforms we track:, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.

From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.

1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417 views

2.Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851

3.Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263

4.David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541

5.Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580

6.Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488

7.Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294

8.Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022

9.Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 4,966,643

10.Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 4,763,038

11.Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 4,706,241

12.Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,658,425

13.Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 4,538,037

14.Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,269,082

15.Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,153,105

16.Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,891,251

17.Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,869,417

18.Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 3,847,893

19.Mary Roach 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 3,810,630

20.Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds (2012): 3,535,340

Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch


TED:"單單製造出一個烤麵包機,就需要依靠到整個文明社會;設計師湯瑪士斯韋茨(Thomas Thwaites)歷經一番寒徹骨才學到這點。他從無中生有一台烤麵包機:採鐵礦、提煉石油中的塑膠…他所努力做出的成果,著實相當驚人。這對現在相通的社會頗富寓意,不管是對設計師或消費者都一樣。 "

It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike."

Thomas Thwaites is a designer “of a more speculative sort," he says.