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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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A Robot's Bill of Rights?

over 3 years ago

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." - NRA slogan Whether or not you agree with the NRA's argument against gun control, it is worth noting that it relies on a common-sense legal principle that the tools of mankind's creation do not perpetrate crimes. After all, objects such as guns hold ...

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What's the Future of Higher Education?

over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? With tuition spiraling upwards as the cost of learning paradoxically plummets, higher education is on an unsustainable course.  Why Is This Groundbreaking? The modern university has, to a great extent, remained unchanged for 1000 years, despite massive changes in the ...

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Introducing Your New Mobile Supercomputer

over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Computer storage and software are already migrating to the cloud, and soon processing power will go virtual as well, making our mobile devices as powerful as supercomputers. What's the Breakthrough? Much of your computing already takes place on the cloud, and you ...

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Speak Up, and Say Unpopular Things

over 3 years ago

Big Think spoke to The New York Times chief theater critic, Ben Brantley, about the present and future state of journalism and online criticism.  Big Think: Generally speaking, what do think the state of journalism is right now? Ben Brantley:  Journalism is frontier land right now. I don’t ...