Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Big Ideas

Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Big Ideas

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Big Ideas can be seen all over the planet. Big Ideas are not new, either. If we journey through history, we will inevitably run into a Big Idea. The past provides us with a great record of Big Ideas that seem to defy the capabilities of people. Pyramids, Inca and Aztec temples, and the Panama Canal are great examples of Big Ideas that were accomplished by using low technology--or sheer will. The extraordinary development of the internal combustion engine is a Big Idea that just keeps getting bigger and more complex. What Big Ideas got us to the development of that invention? Consider all the Big Ideas that people thought up to apply the internal combustion engine to do work. Much of what we have today is influenced by the way that invention works.

Some Big Ideas are very small, too. We are delving into the realm of nanostructures--the creation of new materials at the molecular level. That certainly took some imagination! This Big Idea has helped us create new and better materials. The big science that has arisen from this Big Idea will also help us explore areas of human health and the mysteries of the human body. The complexity of the devices that we will use to explore the human body and its systems will provide us with a better picture of the workings of the human machine.

I'm always amazed at the ongoing race to be the biggest. The biggest building title comes to mind. Taipei 101 is the current official holder of the "Tallest Building in the World," but its title is fleeting. …

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