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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.

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Big Ideas for 2013: Disruptive Technology

The Big Idea for Monday, December 03, 2012

Did humanity move forward, take a step back, or simply tread water in 2012? At Big Think, we believe that progress is made through the advancement of big ideas. So what exactly does that mean? First of all, did the best ideas actually rise to the surface in 2012 or were they drowned out by all of the noise caused by our overconsumption of information? (That question, in and of itself, is encapsulated by a big idea). Second, of all the ideas that made it to the marketplace, which ones were acted upon, or stand the best chance to be acted upon? 

Today we are looking at 20 big ideas, or key trends to watch in technology, courtesy of Daniel Burrus. To stay competitive, Burrus says, your organization needs to anticipate the most significant technology trends that are shaping your business and then develop innovative ways to use them to your advantage, both inside and outside of your organization. He writes: "Remember, if it can be done, it will be done. If you don’t use these technologies to create a competitive advantage, someone else will."


  1. 1 20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level
    Daniel Burrus Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus
  2. 2 5 Trends for 2013: NOW
  3. 3 Hey Internet Providers: Data Wants to Be Free, Too!
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  4. 4 V for Virtualization
    Daniel Burrus

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