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Ever wonder how people get chosen to speak at TED? Well, it’s curator Chris Anderson’s job to weed through the thousands upon thousands of possibilities and choose who will appear on the event’s prestigious main stage. Clearly, the guy is amazing at separating the wheat from the intellectual chaff.

Which is why TED fans (or anyone looking to make themselves smarter and more aware in easily digestible 20-minute chunks) should pay attention to Anderson’s picks for the 10 best TED talks of 2018. Touching on topics ranging from astronomy to social justice to artificial intelligence, they are guaranteed to change how you think about the world.