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Apple Without Steve Jobs

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about 3 years ago

Guy Kawasaki tells Big Think the secret to Apple's success has been Steve Jobs's ability to anticipate where the market will be heading, as opposed to simply reacting to where the market is already going. Watch the video here:  

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Beyond Celebrity Adoptions

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about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea?  Between 1975 and 1979, 1.7 million men, women and children were executed in the “killing fields” of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge regime. Another million or so died of starvation and disease. Their deaths were supposed to facilitate social progress through the redistribution ...

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Do Androids Dream of Stealing Your Job?

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about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? The word robot comes from an old Slavic word meaning to work -- which may be more apt now than in the 1920's, when it was first used in a play about mass-produced laborers overthrowing humans. In the near future, robots will be our fiercest competitors in the workplace, says ...

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The Book is Dead. Long Live the Book!

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about 3 years ago

Unscientific Poll: On average, during a typical New York City morning subway commute, Summer 2011, there are four people reading on tablets and e-readers, and five reading print books, up from about 1 to 7 two summers ago. Outside of rush hour, many a toddler can be seen tapping away at an ...

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Ape, All Too Human

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about 3 years ago

If you're heading to the movies this summer, chances are you'll see apes acting like humans on the big screen. In two very different films released this month, seemingly human or super-human intelligence is achieved in apes--in one case through the manipulation of nature, and in the other case ...

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Fear vs. Growth

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about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? It’s easy to be bold when you’ve got nothing to lose. But reinventing yourself from a position of power takes faith – faith that trying something new won’t result in public humiliation, the downfall of those who depend on you, or the unraveling of everything you’ve worked so ...