Playlist: Talks from TEDx events on this week


This week, two talks from TEDx events — TEDxProvidence and TEDxPenn — went up as featured talks on the TED homepage. At TEDxProvidence, emergency doctor Alyson McGregor spoke on the need for female-centered research and treatment in medicine, while at TEDxPenn, roboticist Vijay Kumar shared innovative robotics coming out of his lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

McGregor and Kumar’s talks are quite different, but the two TEDx’ers share a dedication to progress and hope for the future in their respective fields. We’re pleased to see them featured on TED.

Below, watch the talks, paired with descriptions from

Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women | TEDxProvidence

For most of the past century, drugs approved and released to market have been tested only on male patients, leading to improper dosing and unacceptable side effects for women. The important physiological differences between men and women have only recently been taken into consideration in medical research. Emergency doctor Alyson McGregor studies these differences, and in this fascinating talk she discusses the history behind how the male model became our framework for medical research and how understanding differences between men and women can lead to more effective treatments for both sexes.

Vijay Kumar: The future of flying robots | TEDxPenn

At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and make water management smarter.

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