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.
We are constantly trying to force the world to look like us — we need to move on.
- When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many Americans jumped for joy. At the time, some believed there weren't going to be any more political disagreements anywhere in the world. They thought American democracy had won the "war of ideas."
- American exceptionalism has sought to create a world order that's really a mirror image of ourselves — a liberal world order founded on the DNA of American thinking. To many abroad this looks like ethnic chauvinism.
- We need to move on from this way of thinking, and consider that sometimes "problem-solving," in global affairs, means the world makes us look like how it wants to be.
Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.
- Researchers find a new state of matter called "topological superconductivity".
- The state can lead to important advancements in quantum computing.
- Utilizing special particles that emerge during this state can lead to error-free data storage and blazing calculation speed.
French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
- French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.