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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.

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

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November 10, 2009, 5:58 AM
“Google and a coalition of authors and publishers now have until Friday to submit a new plan on how to drain the swamp of copyright law to let Google build the digital library of the future,” reports Wired. Google is being sued by copyright holders over its book digitization program – but after their initial settlement plans were rejected in October, a judge has awarded them until Friday to propose a new solution. The key issue at stake is the Google Book Search which allows is to display full scanned version of books old enough to escape copyright law. The anticipated settlement will also allow Google to provide large extracts of copyrighted books as advertising. This has sparked outrage amongst its competitors, including Yahoo and Microsoft, who point out that the settlement creates exemptions to copyright that apply only to Google.
 

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