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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.

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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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People Changing the World

May 6, 2011, 6:57 AM

What's the Latest Development?

Frederick E. Allen says Steven Sasson, Eric Fossum, Joseph Woodland, and Bernard Silver have changed your life in ways that affect you just about every day, yet you probably don't know their names. They are among the latest inventors inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Sasson invented the digital camera, Fossum invented the “camera on a chip” that is now in 90% of all cell phones, and Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver developed the very first bar code scanning system.

What's the Big Idea?

When dealing with doubters remember people like Sasson, who invented the digital camera. In his acceptance remarks, Sasson described how when he showed his unwieldy first camera around Kodak, people saw the future destroyer of the photographic film business as “interesting” but wondered why anyone would ever want to see their pictures on a screen.


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