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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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Inventing the Future

Inventing the Future

Introducing the 'Shut Up Gun'

Shut_up1
about 2 years ago

We've all been forced at some point to listen to someone yammering obnoxiously on their cell phone in a public place. But now we can fight back. Japanese engineers have developed a speech-jamming gadget called the "SpeechJammer" gun, an "artificial speech disturbance system," that records people ...

Inventing the Future

A “TED Talk” From The Future?

Ted_future
about 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? Officially released for the TED2012 conference, this clip (above) is the latest trailer for the upcoming summer blockbuster PrometheusDirector Ridley Scott has said the movie is set in the universe he first created in Alien, and in our sneak peak we are thrown into the ...

Inventing the Future

DNA In the Cloud

Dnamicroscope
about 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? In 2001, the human genome was published online for all to see: at once a Nobel-worthy scientific breakthrough, a testament to international collaboration, and a fundamental shift in the way biological research would be conducted for the foreseeable future. The price tag? A ...

Inventing the Future

Our Future of Abundance

Abundance1
about 2 years ago

It's not easy being an optimist in 2012. There's just too much to worry about: a global economic downturn, climate change, overpopulation, nuclear proliferation, failing education systems, you name it.  We are bombarded with bad news all the time, and we eagerly eat it up because our brains are ...