Yesterday, Wired Editor-in-Chief and author of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price", Chris Anderson, joined Big Think's co-founder, Peter Hopkins, for an interview in Mountain View, CA. Anderson offered a unique perspective on the change that's sweeping technology, media and society - the explosion of bandwidth, storage and processing power of the "network" has driven the marginal cost of transferring bits of information infinitely close to zero.
This has upended the economics of all information based goods - from news and entertainment to consulting - placing huge downward pressures on old pricing frameworks but also creating new business models that, if properly executed, have the potential to expand revenues by better basketing goods, segmenting markets and targeting prices as well as monetizing the rich trove of data collected in the interactions with consumers. What's more, Anderson says, these forces are poised to change the world of atoms as well, especially manufacturing. Check back for the release of the full Chris Anderson interview to get a glimpse of the economy of tomorrow.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is fascinating.
- Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
- He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
- His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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