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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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

Learning Piano In The Style Of "Rock Band 3"

October 3, 2013, 4:15 PM

What's the Latest Development?

University of Ulm researchers and pianists Katja Rogers and Amrei Röhlig have created a new method of piano learning that may look familiar to certain gamers: Their Projected Instrument Augmentation system (PIANO) consists of a color projection screen attached to a standard electronic piano keyboard. On this screen, blocks of different colors and lengths representing notes stream down on lines that "connect" to the keys, indicating which should be played and how. When the system is in practice mode, it highlights incorrectly-played notes in red. 

What's the Big Idea?

The way PIANO works is similar to the interface found in the game Rock Band 3, in which a display streams notes toward a much-smaller keyboard. University of Ulm researcher Florian Schaub, who presented the system at last month's Ubicomp conference, says that new players had their doubts at first "but then were really impressed by how quickly they could play relatively well." However, London piano teacher Lucy Smith remains skeptical: "This may improve technical skill but...[i]t does not allow for an individual's interpretation of the music."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at New Scientist


Learning Piano In The Style...

Newsletter: Share: