Chris Anderson Sits Down with Big Think

“Free,” to Chris Anderson, is a magic word. It’s the future of business. It’s something we all need to start wrapping our heads around. Anderson chatted with Big Think’s co-founder Peter Hopkins a couple of weeks ago about the concept that was the basis of his latest book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price.

He addressed some intriguing issues: from the question of how we’ll decide what’s free and what’s not, to the impact of democratized media on the manufacturing industry. Should we fear Google’s control over search engines? According to Anderson, no. Think about how nervous we were about Microsoft becoming a computer desktop monopoly—and that was all for naught


In the mean time, expect to be wowed by the power of the GPS, an innovation that most of us are familiar with, but will be a game changer in the next few years. Plus, why new businesses should prepare themselves for the golden age.

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Big Think's amazing audience has responded so well to our videos from NASA astronomer and Assistant Director for Science Communication Michelle Thaller that we couldn't wait to bring her back for more!

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Is technology corrupting humanity? History says no.

Build up, tear down—new technology stirs up a cycle of progress and cynicism we've seen all throughout history.

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  • "Every time that there's a new technology, particularly around media, there's a set of outcries around how that media is corrupting culture or how it's destroying certain aspects of our life," says entrepreneur and author Elad Gil.
  • In some cases there are real concerns, but taking a historical view can quell unnecessary panic. Progress and cynicism work in a cyclical fashion. New tech is unveiled, the media builds it up, then the media tears it down in a wave of backlash.
  • Today we worry about kids and smartphones; 80 years ago we worried about kids and the radio; same cynicism, different day.
  • Technology lifts the lid on human potential and quality of life, says Gil. We should be duly cautious, but optimism is more valuable (and arguably more rational) than pessimism.
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