We have a background assumption that we are living in a technologically-accelerating civilization. Peter Thiel has a different view of where we are headed, and he says we need to fight hard to improve our future prospects.
Economist Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the strongest critics of economic policy preceding the 2007 financial crash, says we should embrace volatility, not protect ourselves against it.
Big Think would like to congratulate Peter Salovey, who was named the 23rd President of Yale University last week. Since Salovey succeeds Richard C. Levin, whose tenure at Yale lasted two decades, this represents a generational shift. Indeed, one of Salovey's principal challenges, he told The New ...
Friends, a new world is waiting for all of us. It is a world without want, where every need is satisfied by boundless resources. It is a world of friendship, where war does not exist. And when we get there, we'll achieve immortality. I'm not talking about Heaven, Nirvana, or some other religious ...
New York City recently became radicalized out of necessity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Simply put, when systems broke down, New Yorkers improvised, and took matters into their own hands.
For several weeks leading up to yesterday's election the forecasters were at odds. While traditional polls and pundits predicted an election that was "too close to call," as noted today by Daniel Honan, Nate Silver of the 538 Blog and other quants like the Princeton Election Consortium who use ...
The same mindset that drives a person to have it all eventually stops them from having what they really want.
This was indeed a choice election, if you consider the choice between consuming entertainment journalism or data-based journalism. Entertainment is fun, and math is hard. Math won.
Mark Ruffalo’s energy campaign offers a powerful model here – one that leverages cultural power, scientific knowledge, and bottom-line economic reasoning to address the kinds of complex, 21st century problems it takes collective intelligence to solve.
Channeling innovation and propelling yourself onto the path to success is easier said than done. So how do you create an environment that’s ripe for innovation?
Is a college education fundamentally an expensive insurance product that is purchased to avoid falling through the cracks in our society? If so, what can take its place?
"Oy vey!" a Big Think blogger wrote to me yesterday. "Is BigThink.com down?" Oy yey, indeed it was. And we certainly weren't alone. Amazon in recent years has moved beyond its core retail business to rent data storage and server time through its Amazon Web Services division. Companies like Big ...
John Seely Brown argues that foregrounding the Humanities is our only hope of sustaining innovation in the United States.
Lean thinking is not only good for a company's bottom line. It can also be applied to the challenges of sustainability and conserving natural resources, which also makes good business sense.
You can put the smartest people in the world in the same room together and get a terrible result. Jack Hidary has a different idea of collective intelligence, which is derived from his work with the X Prize Foundation.