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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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The Future in Motion

February 17, 2010, 11:10 AM

Today marks the first day of our series on the future of mobility, with interviews with Beyond the Edge founder Richard Schaden; former mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa; and Terreform ONE founder Mitchell Joachim. Every Wednesday we will release new interviews with people who are changing the way we get from here to there- from entrepreneurs to policy makers. Schaden is frustrated with the pace of advances in the field of transportation. He thinks we should be flying higher and faster by now, but we're not. And it's not a question of lacking technology. So what's the problem?

Penalosa imagines a world without automobiles, and what that could do to the quality of life in urban areas. Will we ever get over our addiction to cars? Penalosa believes we have the tools.

Joachim shows us his groundbreaking idea for the car of the future. It's a 'nerf-soft,' self-healing automobile. What will it look like? How will it move? Will it keep us safe? Joachim's invention is sure to surprise you.


The Future in Motion

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