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

Today's Big Idea: The Dark Side of Technology

The Big Idea for Monday, May 07, 2012

Famous war photographer, James Nachtwey said that "as man has become increasingly civilized, his means of destroying his fellow man have become ever more efficient, cruel and devastating."

This is true of technological advances that abet bioterrorism and cyber warfare. Gone are the days when the biggest threat to civilization is the launch of a nuclear warhead. Now, a few keystrokes means a hacker can spy on, infect and sabotage the cyber systems of individuals, companies and governments. 

So what does this mean for ordinary citizens? The same technology that enhances our lives is also posing a threat to us. Over the last few years, cyberattacks have evolved from being Internet-based, to now being flash-memory-based, mobile phone and tablet based, off-network-based, QR Codes in GroupOn, Twitter, and Facebook as well as ads in the newspapers, game-playing device-based, and in tiny url's and location software used in many social networks. 

Studies show that the United States is not ready to defend itself against a major cyberattack. This comes as no surprise, as it is hard to fight an enemy that cannot be confronted face to face, but rather exists in a remote location. Still, every country must lay down a better foundation that includes cyber crime laws and cooperation with the private sector in order to protect people from this increasingly complex form of terrorism. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Study Shows The U.S. Is Not Prepared For A Cyberattack
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 It’s a Big World, After All.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 Is Cyberwarfare the Nuclear Warfare of Our Generation?
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  4. 4 The Cyberspace Conundrum
    An Phung Think Tank
 

Today's Big Idea: The Dark ...

Newsletter: Share: