The Next Tech Revolution

What will be the next big technology to rock the world? Put another way, where would a smart digital media investor place his or her money? In partnership with the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich, Big Think's latest special series offers predictions from five tech-savvy experts, from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales to "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.

Wales has his eye on mobile space, while Kring, as a screenwriter, is most interested in technologies that allow deeper immersion in narrative worlds. David Gelernter, the Yale computer science professor and novelist, anticipates that "digital furnaces will hit it big by integrating existing media technologies. Other prophecies in the series come from founder Jeff Jarvis and Conrad Wolfram of Wolfram Research.

Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

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Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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Understand your own mind and goals via bullet journaling

Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.

  • Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
  • The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
  • One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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