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

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The Year's Top Culture Tech Innovations

December 20, 2011, 8:30 AM
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What's the Latest Development?

In case you missed them, here are of ten of 2010's key stories on how IT helped us deal with practical issues and answer big questions. One, designed to help address declining marine life, is an interactive map of areas suffering suffering from low oxygen or excessive fertilization. Another shows how networked intelligence can reveal the already-there: in this case Google Earth helped scientists see thousands of earth-art giant wheels.

What's the Big Idea?

The top ten: 1. 100 Years of Dance Music; 2. Afro Nerd Superstar Explosion; 3. Scientists Use Google Earth to Understand Mysterious Giant Wheels; 4. ARKive to Document Every Species on Earth; 5. Geospatial Humanities: Using Location Tech to Rebuild the Past; 6. Using Twitter to Preserve Minority Languages; 7. Using 3D Printing to Repair Rodin's Thinker; 8. New Software Helps Rebuild Ancient Cities; 9. Mapping the Dead Zones; 10. 9-11 Oral Histories Saved and Shared via Smart Phone.

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