What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

At This Tokyo Restaurant, Only One Staff Person Is Visible

October 17, 2013, 3:00 PM
Shutterstock_5877265

What's the Latest Development?

A Tokyo restaurant is combining automation and dining in a whole new way by eliminating the need for waiters entirely. Customers can select from a variety of dishes passing by on a conveyor belt, but they can also order special items using a touchscreen installed above their table. Those dishes are served to them via a separate conveyor belt within a couple of minutes. For each dish they finish, they dispose of their empty plate by dropping it into a chute located next to the table. Software calculates their bill based on the number of plates, and when they are finished, they simply go to the counter, where the cashier -- the one visible human being in the restaurant -- takes their money.

What's the Big Idea?

Conveyor belt delivery of food items has been used in Japanese restaurants for years, and digital menus have become increasingly popular there and elsewhere. Not only does this restaurant combine the two, it also monitors how many people are eating and what they're eating so that the people in the kitchen -- yes, there are real people doing the cooking, although they're invisible from the floor -- know what new dishes to make. To encourage more eating, the menu displays a game after every fifth plate goes down the chute. Winners receive a small toy as a prize.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at Geek

 

At This Tokyo Restaurant, O...

Newsletter: Share: