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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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In the two years since French conglomerate Bolloré launched Autolib, a local car-sharing program featuring its specially-designed Bluecar electric vehicle (EV), Parisians have helped make their city one of the world's most EV-friendly locations. Now Bolloré wants to replicate that success with a program in Lyon scheduled to start next month, and they plan to add other cities, including Indianapolis, in the near future. Although the Paris program has yet to turn a profit, the company is willing and able to "[take] daring risks to make things happen," says 6T research director Nicolas Louvet.
What's the Big Idea?
With 1,800 EVs in the Paris fleet, Autolib is the largest of several programs currently in existence, all of which "help EVs prove themselves to the public," according to International Energy Agency deputy executive director Richard Jones. However, despite the massive increase in car-sharing in recent years, the future growth of EVs will depend on several factors. One is cost: EVs are more expensive to operate than traditional cars, so local governments may have to provide subsidies. Interestingly, car sharing advocates say that programs like Autolib, which are designed for short spur-of-the-moment trips, won't necessarily help with the larger goal of reducing car use entirely, since users are still keeping their own cars for longer trips.
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