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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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Today's Big Idea: Predicting the Future

The Big Idea for Wednesday, November 07, 2012

For an election that was a nail-biter, data came up huge. Analysts were able to predict the state-by-state outcomes with incredible accuracy. 

This ability to use data to forecast future human behavior has implications well beyond politics. Indeed, Big Think blogger Dominic Basulto says that the ability to track and understand the wealth of user data that is generated on the Internet every day is "the key to unlocking growth for smaller companies throughout the U.S. economy."


  1. 1 The 2012 Election: A Big Win for Big Data
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 How to Predict the Unpredictable: Use Data
    Nouriel Roubini
  3. 3 “Big Data, Better Workforce”
    Haig Nalbantian
  4. 4 Big Data and the Moneyball Economy
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation

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