The next big thing that will rock the Internet is machine to machine connectivity (M2M for short), in other words, machines bypassing people in order to connect to the Internet.
In discussing the latest books on technology, The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik derides Clay Shirky's utopian views as "history taken from the back of a cereal box."
This Valentine's Day Nobel prize-winning economist Michael Spence explains how the concept of economic signaling can help you nab your true love—whether or not you're Lloyd Dobbler from 80s romance flick "Say Anything."
Autism science is making great strides, but it may never yield a single cure because autism is likely not one disorder but many.
The massive droughts in China underscore the fact that we're simply running out of the freshwater needed to sustain the earth's nearly 7 billion people. How can we fix this problem?
Are the revelations promised by string theory's quest for the "Theory of Everything" leading physics in the wrong direction?
As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears in court in London today in connection with sexual assault charges, Nobel prize-winning economist Michael Spence discusses the real costs that WikiLeaks could inflict on society.
Evidence is mounting that football is even more damaging to the brain than it is to the body—with links to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Does every type of cancer require its own individualized treatment, or might there be a universal cure? Scientists James Watson and Paul Davies suggest some new and unorthodox approaches to cancer treatment.
When should competitors work together? Only through greater transparency and sharing can Google and Bing collectively create a better Internet, says Microsoft's Harry Shum.
CEO Whisperer Stephen Miles stresses the importance for execs to have social media strategies in place—especially during times of crisis. And this has broader implications for leaders at any level, since new forms of communication necessitate a two-way dialogue with the public.
Parag Khanna says that a choice made ten years ago—not by the State department but by American universities—could have the greatest influence on whether new Arab governments move toward or away from the West.
Life code (the famous A, G, T, and C of DNA) will be as important to the next generation of entrepreneurs as digital code (0's and 1's) is now.
Tempers ran high at Big Think's Farsight 2011 conference in San Francisco this week when Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer at Google, accused Microsoft's Bing of using Google data to improve its search results.
Facebook and other social media are becoming permanently woven into our society’s fabric, says NYU telecommunications professor Clay Shirky. Privacy is a 20th century notion.