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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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Welcome to Our Future World of Ubiquitous, Constant Information

December 8, 2013, 8:00 AM

Back in 1995, Neil Stevenson wrote a novel, Diamond Age, that featured electronic books that featured electronic paper where you would unfold a sheet of paper and it would pick up the Wifi in the room and display the front page of a newspaper.  Then you could press a button and continue the story reading on. We pretty much have that now. The only thing is, it’s not flexible. With organic semiconductors, that’s probably coming pretty soon.  

I think maybe one thing that will happen is with our Smart Phones, they become smaller, if the technology gets integrated into our clothing or our eyeglasses, we might – if we choose to - live in an ubiquitous world of constant information.  Personally, I’d like to be able to catch my thought every now and then.

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