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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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Inventing the Future

What Happened to the Future?

almost 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? 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. It wasn't always this way. As ...

Inventing the Future

What Is Humanizing Technology?

about 2 years ago

We have all experienced “dehumanizing” technology – software or hardware that seems to diminish our ability to communicate with others or to function effectively in the world. Technology that creates new boundaries between people rather than erasing old ones.  With this in mind, Big Think is ...

New World Order

Your Choice: Work Longer or Die Younger

about 2 years ago

How about this for an argument to raise the retirement age: If you don't keep working, your community could die off.  That's the threat posed by an intersection of biology and economics which could finally make some famous two-hundred-year-old predictions come true.  As the world's population grows ...

Inventing the Future

DNA In the Cloud

about 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? In 2001, the human genome was published online for all to see: at once a Nobel-worthy scientific breakthrough, a testament to international collaboration, and a fundamental shift in the way biological research would be conducted for the foreseeable future. The price tag? A ...