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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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Technology introduces new ways of doing things that disrupt or overturn traditional business methods and practices

Inventing the Future

Low-End 3D Printed Gun Created

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What's the Latest Development? A Wisconsin engineer who wishes to be known only as "Joe" has successfully created a low-end version of the 3D printed Liberator handgun originally designed by Defense Distributed, which had released its schematics online earlier this month before the US State ...

Inventing the Future

Do Password Meters Help Or Hurt?

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? At a recent SIGCHI conference in Paris, researchers presented their paper describing the effect of password meters on users' choices of passwords. Test subjects who were asked to evaluate the usability of a university computer system were instructed to change their ...

Inventing the Future

3D Printed Guns And Future Law

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What's the Latest Development? Now that the US State Department has temporarily banned the release of schematics for 3D printed guns -- after they were downloaded over 100,000 times since their publication last week by the firearms manufacturer Defense Distributed -- writer Cory Doctorow wonders ...