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Let’s build machines as complex as nature | Lin Kayser
TEDxTUM 2018 • Tags: Design, Engineering, Materials, Nature, Printing, Product design, Space, Sustainability, Technology
Why aren’t the objects we manufacture made to be beautiful, on top of being optimized for functionality? Turns out, the way we manufacture things hasn’t really changed since the time of the Roman empire. With the introduction of 3D printing, that paradigm is finally starting to change. Lin Kayser steps into the future and shows [read more]
Let’s build machines as complex as nature | Lin Kayser | TEDxTUM

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Molecular machines of the future | Hendrik Dietz
TEDxTUMSalon 2018 • Tags: Biology, Chemistry, Drugs, Health, Medicine, Nanoscale, Origami, Physics, Science
Evolution has developed very efficient molecular machines, for example for producing energy through rotation. Hendrik Dietz would like to harness these concepts to build his own molecular motors. His group has successfully demonstrated that they can encode and synthesize complex shapes using DNA origami, and have recently discovered how to reduce the cost for mass [read more]
Molecular machines of the future | Hendrik Dietz | TEDxTUMSalon

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Create a universe out of a single line | Simon James
TEDxTUM 2016 • Tags: Adventure, Art, Arts Education, Career, Communication, Creation, Creativity, Culture, Failure, Self, Self improvement, Work
Simon James creates “two-dimensional sculptures” – paintings made of layers of chalk material sanded down. He takes us on a journey of how he discovered his personal style as an artist, including moments of panic, joy, surprise, and awe. Amongst other lessons on life, his stories remind us that just because something broke, it doesn’t [read more]
Create a universe out of a single line | Simon James | TEDxTUM

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The Glue That Holds Society Together | Jürgen Gradl
TEDxTUM 2017 • Tags: Activism, Career, Community, Global issues, Social Change, Social Justice, Society
What kind of society do we want to live in? Jürgen believes that solidarity is the glue that holds together a respectful society. But how can we maintain solidarity? In modern-day Germany, taxes ensure solidarity. We pay taxes and stay in the system because we know it secures other people’s future, and one day, it [read more]
The Glue That Holds Society Together | Jürgen Gradl | TEDxTUM

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How do we learn from failure? | Dean Shepherd
TEDxTUM 2014 • Tags: Business, Career/Life Development, Germany, Performance, Psychology
We often hear that failure is the mother of success. However, it is rarely discussed how we go from the emotional turmoil caused by failure to the learning process. Through deeply personal stories and his extensive research on entrepreneurship, Dean Shepherd sheds light on this process for both individuals and organizations, and encourages us to [read more]
How do we learn from failure? | Dean Shepherd | TEDxTUM

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How patient innovation improves lives | Pedro Oliveira
TEDxTUM 2015 • Tags: Activism, Big problems, Business, Change, Disability, Disease, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Health, Innovation, Internet, Medicine, Research, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Technology
Sometimes the answer to medical problems comes from the people facing them. But how can their solutions made available for the benefit of everyone? This is Pedro Oliveira’s mission. He highlights the stories of outstanding people who discovered innovative ways to deal with their diseases and shared their solutions, developing a global network for patient [read more]
How patient innovation improves lives | Pedro Oliveira | TEDxTUM

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Why data should be over-the-counter | Jenny Rankin
TEDxTUM 2015 • Tags: Classroom, Data, Decision making, Design, Education, Education reform, Higher education, Interface design, Multimedia, Personal education, Presentation, Product design, Reform, Science, Teaching, Visualization
Data is critical, but data has not always lead to success. If data is not communicated clearly, the results can be disastrous. Design lets us communicate data so it can be understood. Dr. Rankin believes that “when we’re fluent in visualizing our ideas, we can communicate them across global boundaries, across spoken language barriers, and [read more]
Why data should be over-the-counter | Jenny Rankin | TEDxTUM

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Born in Ireland, made in Germany | Mel Kelly
TEDxTUM 2016 • Tags: Aging, Comedy, Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Society
Mel Kelly lives his life in a balance between making software and comedy. He is a successful IT consultant and a stand-up comedian at the same time. In his talk, he shares his humorous adventures as an Irishman living in Germany for more than 13 years. Mel Kelly came from Ireland to Germany in 2003 [read more]
Born in Ireland, made in Germany | Mel Kelly | TEDxTUM

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Building our future with synthetic biology | Jérôme Lutz
TEDxTUM 2016 • Tags: Aging, Biology, Biotech, Computers, Intelligence, Robots, Society, Technology
When Jérôme was born 30 years ago, our world looked very different. Building on the advances in technology and biology since then, he paints a picture of what our future will look like, interleaved with stunning examples of what we have already achieved, from curing leukaemia to producing yeast from eggs. Jérôme’s dream is to [read more]
Building our future with synthetic biology | Jérôme Lutz | TEDxTUM

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Motivate yourself with visions, goals and willpower | Hugo Kehr
TEDxTUM 2016 • Tags: Achievement, Anthroplogy, Brain, Career, Control, Decision making, Goal-setting, Happiness, Life, Life Development, Life Hack, Mindfulness, Motivation, Personal growth, Positive Thinking, Social Science, Society, Success, Work
Why do we sometimes have a hard time reaching our goals? What to do when we’re about to give in to temptation? How can we achieve what we set out to do without feeling like we have to convince ourselves to get to work? The key is motivation: with his straightforward 3-component model, Hugo Kehr [read more]
Motivate yourself with visions, goals and willpower | Hugo Kehr | TEDxTUM

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A violin meets a loop station | Gustavo Strauß
TEDxTUM 2018 • Tags: Entertainment, Music (performance)
What would happen if you took a popular modern musical element, the loop, and combined it with something unexpected, like a classical string instrument? Gustavo Strauß has taken up this challenge and conducted his own musical experiment. Inspired by his friends, he combines simple and complex melodies and brings us a wonderful string performance. Gustavo [read more]
A violin meets a loop station | Gustavo Strauß | TEDxTUM

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Laugh, Think, Cry, Laugh Again | Jessamyn Fairfield
TEDxTUM 2017 • Tags: Cancer, Communication, Community, Death, Education, Family, Humor, Life, Science
Comedy is a way to show our humanity. Comedy makes people listen. Have you ever tried to get a physicist to talk about their academic research at a stand-up night? Jessamyn uses comedy to communicate difficult topics, and humanize things which can be hard to talk about. She tells us how comedy has influenced her [read more]
Laugh, Think, Cry, Laugh Again | Jessamyn Fairfield | TEDxTUM

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Water Systems in Cities of the Future | Jörg Drewes
TEDxTUMSalon 2016 • Tags: Cities, Community, Engineering, Environment, Germany, Global issues, Nature, Sustainability, Urban Planning, Water
Everyone of us consumes 140 Liters of water each day, but only a fraction of it is used for cooking and drinking. Moreover, the water systems we rely upon are based on technology that is far too old and not future-proof. Professor Jörg Drewes works on alternative models for the water systems of the future. [read more]
Water Systems in Cities of the Future | Jörg Drewes | TEDxTUMSalon

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HIV – Curing the Incurable | Daniel Aaron Donahue
TEDxTUM 2017 • Tags: AIDS, Future, Genetics, Health, Medicine, Research, Science
HIV-positive individuals continue to face stigma and discrimination. For the 2 million people who are infected with HIV every year, this means a lifetime of treatment without a final cure, although methods for keeping the disease at bay do exist. The key to curing HIV is to kill the dormant virus in healthy cells. The [read more]
HIV - Curing the Incurable | Daniel Aaron Donahue | TEDxTUM

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The Perfect Fit – Individualized, Fashionable, 3D-printed Prosthetics | Manuel Opitz
TEDxTUM 2017 • Tags: 3D Technology, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Future, Health, Medicine, Printing, Prosthetics, Start´-up, Technology
9 out of 10 people do not get the prosthetic device they need to be mobile. Highly trained experts are needed to design tailor-made, perfectly fitting devices. Unfortunately, there are only a few of these experts out there, which means that tailored prosthetics are expensive and inaccessible for many people. Manuel Opitz tells us how [read more]
The Perfect Fit - Individualized, Fashionable, 3D-printed Prosthetics | Manuel Opitz | TEDxTUM

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Live Improv Theater | Bake This
TEDxTUM 2015 • Tags: Art, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Theater
Bake This, the English-speaking improv group from Munich, perform on stage with the help of the TEDxTUM audience. Their games are fun, spontaneous and inspire people to say “yes and”. Bake This was founded in 2011 by a group of theatre loving expatriates and was the first improv group in Munich to perform entirely in [read more]
Live Improv Theater | Bake This | TEDxTUM

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