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

1

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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

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
Close

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's 'Jet Man'

November 28, 2011, 2:35 PM
Jetman

How could science fiction get it all so wrong?

Big Think posed this question to Jim Kakalios, Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota in a previous post. In other words, why doesn’t our world look like the future envisioned in the science fiction of the 1950s and 60s, in which we ride around with jet packs and flying cars?

According to Kakalios, who wrote a book on the physics of comic book superheroes, instead of a revolution in energy we got instead "a revolution in information which led to cell phones and laptop computers."

Just don't tell that to inventor, aerial acrobat and dare devil Yves Rossy, the first human to make a "sustained flight" using wings powered by jet fuel. In this amazing video, Rossy jumps from a helicopter and flies over the Swiss Alps using a jet pack. Rossy, a former pilot in the Swiss Air Force, then joins two jets in a synchronized flight.

Watch the video here:

 

 

It's a Bird, It's a Plane.....

Newsletter: Share: