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The following TED talks are recommended by us organizers. For more exciting TED talks, please visit We will upload talks on TEDxMFZU later after our event.

How I held my breath for 17 min

Magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record — and what his often death-defying work means to him.

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Electrifying organ performance

Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang’s exhilarating performance from TEDxUSC features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare instrument specially programmed by Qi herself.

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Nurturing creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.

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Global population growth

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils.

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The future of UI

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

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Schools kill creativity

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Combat modern slavery

Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

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