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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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

Waiting for the Semantic Web

August 30, 2011, 9:00 AM

What's the Latest Development?

Major search companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have begun a project to make the adoption of the Semantic Web easier by standardizing the information required to be apart of the next incarnation of the Internet. "These specifications would let website publishers better use markup tags to more accurately describe the words, numbers, and other material on their pages, enabling search engines and other applications to more clearly determine their meaning in context."

What's the Big Idea?

While the Semantic Web has for years been billed as the next generation Internet, it has failed to truly catch on. But thanks to Schema.org—the new standardization initiative—sophisticated Internet users will be able to search for linked data describing the same people, places and things. Yahoo researcher and data architect Peter Mika thinks this makes searching for various content sources that address the same concepts much easier: "These are powerful technologies that let sophisticated users find, share, and process data, as well as find related datasets."



Waiting for the Semantic Web

Newsletter: Share: