As the Big Three—Google, Bing, and Yahoo—make subtle changes to their search algorithms, a new crop of search engine upstarts are rethinking what it means to search altogether, with the hopes of transforming your relationship to information.
Search is broken, and everyone is scrambling to fix it. Could social networking make search technology potent again?
A new model for understanding human decision-making, called Deep Rationality, acknowledges the irrationality of human decision-making but suggests that it might be rooted in evolution.
Entrepreneurship, like theater, requires you to imagine something that doesn't exist. Hollywood star Jeffrey Wright explains how his training on the stage prepared him to found a mineral company and non-profit in Sierra Leone.
Philosophers may have spent many 'sleepless nights of the soul' contemplating the existence of God. Yet bleary-eyed physicists may have beaten them to the prize: has the so-called 'God particle' been discovered?
As the pace of technology advances and machines get smarter, should robots be granted legal rights? Some countries are already laying the groundwork.
Cell phones are being used in many ways today that transcend their original intended function. Big Think Delphi Fellow Aydogan Ozacan is applying this technology to breakthroughs in medicine.
With tuition spiraling upwards as the cost of learning paradoxically plummets, higher education is on an unsustainable course.
There are three major functions of higher education: knowledge, socialization and accreditation. How can the Web simulate this experience of college?
Four different types of radiation tend to accompany a nuclear accident like the Fukushima meltdown. Here, Dr. Kaku discusses the effects of each on the human body.
Released on the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, a new film directed by Robert Redford centers on the tension between civil liberties and national security.
The military is investigating the first-ever U.S. casualties due to drone warfare. Today Big Think takes a look at a day in the life of a drone operator and the psychological stress that remote warfare puts on our troops.
The U.S. Navy has successfully tested a sea-bound laser weapon, ushering in a new era of warfare. In light of this news, Big Think presents a timeline of the history of laser technology.
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.
We're faced with puzzles every day in life. That's why it's so important to keep your mind flexible, says NY Times Crossword Editor Will Shortz, recounting a time he had to use his puzzle solving skill in an airport parking garage.