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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.

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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.

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2012 Humanizing Technology Prize – The Winners

June 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

Since April, we've been exploring the intersection of humanity and technology in our Humanizing Technology series, an online expo in partnership with Bing. Without a doubt, the series has had an ethical slant – a focus not only on what's new and cool, but on technologies (or uses of technology) that improve our lives. 

In addition to interviewing technological wizards and theorists like Jaron Lanier, we've been identifying nominees for the Humanizing Technology Prize, to be awarded at For Humankind, a real-world, pop-up expo taking place this weekend (June 29 - 31) in New York City. Many of these were submitted online by Big Think users.

To qualify, nominated technologies needed to: 

  • directly serve a core human need
  • be a significant improvement upon already existing tools and methods for addressing this need. 
  • amplify a positive human trait.
  • demonstrate significant potential for improving our lives, collectively.
  • integrate seamlessly into the normal flow of everyday life. and,
  • be unlikely to have negative, unintended consequences that are harmful or dehumanizing. 

Nominees were grouped into three categories: Self-Help, Human Relationships, and Safety & Security. Today, we're pleased to announce the three winners of the Humanizing Technology Prize. 

2012 Humanizing Technology Prize: The Winners



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