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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.

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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Today's Big Idea: Future Health

The Big Idea for Saturday, March 09, 2013

Amid the bells and whistles of mobile technology and social networking, the vast wealth of companies like Facebook, and the vast resources for fun and distraction apps have placed at our fingertips, it's easy to lose sight of some of the most critical focal points for technological research and development. In healthcare especially, we face tremendous obstacles in the form of rising costs, potential pandemics, and the ongoing human and systemic costs of aging and sickness. 

At the same time, advancements in genomics, nanotechnology, stem cell research, neuroscience, and medical management have the potential to tackle these mounting terrors in unprecedented ways. The better educated we are about the risks we face and the emerging research, the more likely we are to have the collective willpower it takes to overcome political and bureaucratic obstacles that stand in the way of a healthier future. 


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  3. 3 Human Revolution: The Ethical Obligation to Technologically Improve Ourselves
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