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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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This Is Streaming Today

August 9, 2011, 1:00 PM

What's the Latest Development?

Mitch Joel, president of digital marketing agency Twist Image, says that if you thought broadband changed everything, wait till you see what the streaming future of media holds for us. "We're getting very close to that moment in time when grabbing and watching videos will be as speedy and flow-perfect as grabbing your email. The biggest change is going to be that you won't have to really download anything, as all content will not only live in the cloud, but will be accessible to you on-demand."

What's the Big Idea?

Bandwidth is the new hard disk space. Joel says that as the Internet becomes the ultimate archive for all of our personal stuff (photos, emails, etc...) and is mixed with the full streaming of content, bandwidth will become the new hard drive. "This will be the big (and hard) media hurdle. To date, the cable and mobile carriers have made it difficult. Unlimited data through high speed and mobile access is an inevitability. Getting the content producers, hardware manufacturers and access providers to play nicely (and fair) is where the challenge lies."


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