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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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Video Blog Series--Part 2: How to Become a Superhero & How to Build a Sci-Fi Robot

August 11, 2010, 3:07 PM

My new television show "Sci-Fi Science" on The Science Channel is inspired by my book "Physics of the Impossible." The first season of the show takes viewers through the wildest frontiers of science with a real-world look into the world of phasers, teleportation, light-sabers, invisibility, time travel and more. Filming for the second season is nearing an end, and will be launched on The Science Channel on Sept. 1 at 9 pm. I've decided to try something new with my Big Think blog—offering you the opportunity to have me answer some of your questions on camera. The basis of the topics are "shows" from the first season of "Sci-Fi Science."

All you have to do is post your questions in the comments section. Some time in the near future, I will choose questions from each topic in the series and answer them on camera in another Big Think interview. The final product will prominently be displayed on my blog. 

Part 2

How to Become a Superhero & How to Build a Sci-Fi Robot

A sci-fi robot in the future will have a neural network that springs to life, processing the data from its environment, continually rewiring itself as it learns new information. The development of such a robot will stem out of  cheaper and more powerful computing devices, advances in Artificial Intelligence, the development of new materials and quantum computers.  In addition to building a robot, developments of all kinds of new materials as a result of nanotechnology and carbon nanotubes will allow for the development of a Super-Suit that would allow you to have super strength, speed and even the ability to stop a bullet in it's tracks. 

Questions can be about the advances in both artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, quantum computers, the merging of humans and machines and even the future of computing power and how it's going to change the way we live and work.  Please don't limit yourselves to just these individual topics; these are merely a few ideas for you to build from.

You can also find Part 1 (How to Explore the Universe & How to Travel to a Parallel Universe) and Part 3 (How to Teleport & Become Invisible) of the new Video Blog Series by clicking on the links.


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