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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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Facebook and Google Build Semantic Web

August 3, 2010, 7:01 AM
"The idea of a semantic web was proposed over a decade ago. Now a triumvirate of internet heavyweights—Google, Twitter and Facebook—are making it real." The New Scientist says that while a semantic web will help searchers get better responses to complex queries, the main beneficiaries will be advertisers: "'The whole play is about advertising,' says Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue, a New York-based start-up that focuses on semantic technologies. 'Better data will mean better ads.' So advertisers may seize on the capabilities promised by tools like Shinavier's to probe consumer tastes in specific regions. Facebook's semantic tags will also appeal to advertisers, who can use them to explore the connections between users and interests."

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