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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Big Data

Structured and unstructured data is being produced in unprecedented volume, enabling for ever greater and more accurate analysis and decision-making

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Inventing the Future

Your License Plate Is Telling On You

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? After being refused a request to see public data records collected from automated license plate readers in the Los Angeles area, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are now suing the city police department and the ...

Inventing the Future

Say Goodbye To Anonymity

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the amount of data created in 2012 reached a whopping 2.8 zettabytes -- that's 2.8 trillion gigabytes -- and that number is predicted to double by 2015. Most of it is made by individuals as they go through their ...

Inventing the Future

Hiring As Science, Thanks To Big Data

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? In an era where every digital interaction leaves a mark, companies are better prepared than ever to hire and promote the best people, thanks to a new discipline called work-force science. The massive amounts of worker data gathered annually by recruiting company ...

Inventing the Future

For Sale: Your Daily Movements

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A growing number of wireless companies are looking to make money off the massive amounts of information it has about its customers' daily traffic patterns, and new companies are springing up to pay for that data. For example, Atlanta-based AirSage is working with ...