Just as Shazam helps identify songs from snippets, a new technology developed by British scientists will be able to match bird calls with a virtual database. If made into an app, it would give a whole new definition to the phrase "tweeting."
Chinese researchers working with Microsoft have created a protoype that uses Kinect to enable hearing individuals to communicate with the deaf without needing to learn or understand sign language.
Scientists put an interactive robot in an enclosure inhabited by 16 chimpanzees. Their reactions were surprisingly similar to those of humans, opening up potential new ways to observe them without humans being present.
Researchers at Spain's Universitat Jaume I are working on a technique that collects several different images of a person's silhouette in motion and builds a unique "gait signature."
School’s out! Here is an end-of-the-school-year post in three strands positing that much of what we do in school is a monumental waste of time, creativity and intellect. Strand one: recruitment insights from Google In a recent interview in the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, a senior vice ...
Scientists at USC believe "Ellie," a combination of sensors and software, could possibly revolutionize talk therapy by giving human therapists information on patient biometrics.
If you missed the White House Science Fair today -- which you probably did -- you can see the rebroadcast below, featuring hosts LeVar Burton and Bill Nye. Here's why this is worth watching. In case you were worried about the state of science education in the U.S., this video will give you a ...
The future is a difficult thing to grasp, and not just because we can't see it. Bringing innovation to life requires imagination, resourcefulness, the sort of limitless creative ambition we today associate mainly with science fiction writers.
A rash of new companies have sprung up to meet the demand for transportation of crew and cargo to orbit and to the International Space Station left by NASA's cancelling of the shuttle program.
David Eagleman says he grew up dreaming of having a robot companion like C-3PO, but all he got was the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Why has the field of artificial intelligence progressed so slowly?
By consciously practicing optimism, Jason Silva believes, we create circumstances that make external challenges weaker and easier to overcome. It’s mind over matter – thinking your ideal world into being by choosing to believe it already exists.
What's the Big Idea? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes in the power of science -- so much so that he gets hate mail for it. From children. As director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson made the controversial decision to remove references to ...
Many essential utilities in Rio de Janeiro are being managed by a single 'Ops Center,' a huge hub of technologies provided by both IBM and Cisco. Is this paving the way for a future of smart cities or urban dystopias?
Big Think is excited to announce Humanizing Technology, a virtual expo in partnership with Bing, whose goal is to identify new technologies that integrate themselves seamlessly into our lives, capitalize on our unique strengths, and amplify the best of human nature.
In our increasingly complex world we can't afford to silo ourselves off in little online and offline subcultures.