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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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The co-evolution of humans and technology

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Will You Live Forever?

over 3 years ago

The cover of every single edition of TIME magazine (US, Europe, Asia, South Pacific) this week has the same title: “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal.” It is the most mainstream endorsement of the Singularity - the time when artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence - we’ve seen in ...

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No, no, not the Museum!

over 3 years ago

GUEST POST BY LINA SRIVASTAVA "I felt if the Cairo museum is robbed, Egypt will never be able to get up again." -- Zahi Hawass. Egypt is in the midst of an uprising against 30 years of repressive rule and a flawed, corrupt governmental system, blocked avenues for political participation, and low ...

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A Better Way to Run the World?

over 3 years ago

The world's largest Massive Multi-Player Game isn't World of Warcraft, The Sims, or Happy Farm. In fact, it's not even online. It is the most ancient of arts: diplomacy. Diplomacy, as the saying goes, is the second oldest profession, and in the age of technology it has made a massive comeback ...

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When Ideas Stifle Execution

over 3 years ago

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