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

1

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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

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
Close

Take This Pill And It Will Call Your Doctor In The Morning

May 7, 2014, 6:00 PM
Shutterstock_105981269

What's the Latest Development?

Scientists at California-based Proteus Digital Health are working on a system, titled Helius, that could help improve patient health by basically serving as a data reporter to doctors. A tiny sensor attached to a pill sends a signal to a skin patch when it comes into contact with the patient's stomach acid. The data collected by the skin patch -- which includes other health indicators, such as heart rate and sleep patterns -- is then sent through Bluetooth to a computer or smartphone. In tests, earlier versions of the system showed a tracking accuracy rate of 95 percent.

What's the Big Idea?

In the US, half of all medications aren't taken as prescribed, leading to health care costs in the billions of dollars as well as thousands of deaths every year. Several different workarounds have been tried in the past, with varying results. However, a trial involving tuberculosis patients showed that "the technology resonated with [them]," said Robert Belknap of the University of Colorado-Denver. Proteus has not yet indicated when Helius will become more widely available.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at New Scientist

 

Take This Pill And It Will ...

Newsletter: Share: