Big Think's chief economist discusses the fledgling Chinese shadow banking system that national leaders want to regularize.
Author and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan offers an interesting crash course on computational ethics, the idea that robots and machines will require programming to make them cognizant of morals, decorum, manners, and...
Bill Nye is an engineer by trade, so you know his answer to this one is going to be good. Learn how the rudder of a Boeing 747 can potentially inspire an inventor to develop a better brand of prosthetics.
Words of wisdom from Sherman Alexie: "I don't know what any individual should do about crossing her own borders. I only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders."
The ethics and realities of autonomous cars.
As far as health risks go, sleep disorders tend to fly beneath the radar. Researchers are trying to change that.
Jay Smooth is the creator of the Hip-Hop Music Blog, and video blogging site IllDoctrine. In 1991, he founded what has become New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI's Underground Railroad.
Jay Smooth on sampling and the creative process.
Jay Smooth discusses the legacy of hip-hop feuds.
Jay Smooth on whether “player-haters” are really the problem.
Hip-Hop and the broadening of cultures
Jay Smooth discusses music and the value of aesthetic expression
Jay Smooth weighs in on the career prospects of today’s creative class
Jay Smooth discusses the pleasures of collaborative storytelling and planting one’s own flag online.
Big Think interview with Jay Smooth