Sunday, September 12, 2010

What’s the Big Idea?

The Chronicle recently published a serious of opinion pieces on what will be “the defining idea of the coming decade.” Some excerpts:
If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there? (“The End of Human Specialness”)

Over the next decade, the ability to search for information and to analyze it will mature dramatically … An enhanced ability to search for and analyze data will facilitate research, communication, and knowledge. (“Dizzied by Data”)

[I]n 2020, will The Chronicle of Higher Education ask a handful of intellectuals to come up with the big idea of the 2020s, or instead aggregate the answers from thousands of readers? (“The Maddening Crowd”)