11 of the best Ted Talks on technology

Learn about Google's driverless cars, tech-inspired democracy, and how we'll survive on Mars

Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Who is it?

Dame Stephanie Shirley, IT pioneer and businesswoman

What's it about?

How Dame Stephaniefought sexism in the 1960s by recruiting women for her tech start-up, and by introducing herself in business letters as 'Steve'. She also speaks plainly about the sacrifices necessary for success, and why it's so important to love what you do

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Key quote

"You can always tell ambitious women by the shape of our heads: They're flat on top for being patted patronisingly."

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How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

Who is it?

Pia Mancini, co-founder of DemocracyOS

What's it about?

How technology can help citizens decide the way politicians vote on every issue

Key quote

"We are 21st-century citizens, doing our very, very best to interact with 19th century-designed institutions that are based on an information technology of the 15th century."

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A delightful way to teach kids about computers

Who is it?

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Linda Liukas, coder and children's writer

What's it about?

Children need to learn the new universal language - computer code. Liukas talks about how we can encourage kids to see computers not as boring, functional machines, but as a gateway to creating a new world

Key quote

"The kids of today, they tap, swipe and pinch their way through the world. But unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators."

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