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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.

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The Next 100 Years

The Big Idea for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today's big idea looks at the not too distant future and what humankind should start thinking about now. Will the Internet still exist as we know it? Will humans have to abandon earth for another home in our galaxy? Will existing without a body be the new normal? Our experts discuss how our world and technology will evolve in the next 100 years.


  1. 1 This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Stephen Hawking on Leaving Earth
    Big Think Editors Dangerous Ideas
  3. 3 Can We Save the Human Race?
    Robert de Neufville Politeia
  4. 4 The Future of the Internet
    Jonathan Zittrain

The Next 100 Years

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