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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What's the Latest Development?
On Monday (Sept. 23), California governor Jerry Brown signed into law an online privacy bill that, among other things, enables young people under the age of 16 to delete content they've posted on the Internet. Starting in 2015, companies who operate Web sites "will have to clearly explain to young users that they have an option to delete content, give them clear instructions on how to do it and provide some means of deletion." The law also prevents advertisers from targeting minors with ads for certain products, such as alcohol and firearms.
What's the Big Idea?
The law is the first of its kind in the US, and shares some features with the Do Not Track Kids Act, a federal bill that was first introduced in 2011 but died in committee. While there are some questions regarding logistics -- for example, the erase function doesn't apply to content copied or shared by third parties -- California state senator and primary sponsor Tem Darrell Steinberg says the law represents "groundbreaking protection for our kids, who often act impetuously with postings of ill-advised pictures or messages before they think through the consequences."
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