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The BIB (Big Idea Brewery) is ideas big & small in science, technology, and the arts, conceived by living things.


Hi, I'm Nick Panama and I co-run Cantora based in New York City. First just a record label, evolving as a music company + music technology brewery focused on enriching the music experience through big ideas and glimpses of the future. I have two partners in crime, Jesse and Will, they blog too.

"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it" - Alb Einstein

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Nike+ FuelBand is designed for anyone who wants to be more active. It measures your daily activity and turns it all into NikeFuel. So you can set a goal for every day and then go out and beat it. Life is a sport. Make it Count.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th 2012

Tags Nike FuelBand Tech Health

There is a composer studying at New York’s renowned Juilliard School who some say is the greatest talent to come along in 200 years. He’s written five full-length symphonies, and he’s only 12 years old. His name is Jay Greenberg, and goes by Bluejay”. Greenberg says music just fills his head and he has to write it down to get it out. What’s going on in Bluejay’s head?

Well, he hears complete symphonies in his head, sometimes multiple at a time. "It’s as if the unconscious mind is giving orders at the speed of light," he says.

“We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition,” says Sam Zyman, a composer. “I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans.”

Posted on Saturday, January 14th 2012

Tags Jay Greenberg Music Prodigy

MetroChange kiosks are an invention from NYU ITP students looking to fix a real problem: what do customer do with the small amount of unused value on their metro card?
They swipe their card at the MetroChange kiosk. The value from their MetroCard is recorded by the kiosk and transmitted to a central fund that is then donated to a charity. Value that would otherwise have been lost is now quantified and can be put to good use. The customer’s physical MetroCard is taken for recycling.

MetroChange kiosks are an invention from NYU ITP students looking to fix a real problem: what do customer do with the small amount of unused value on their metro card?

They swipe their card at the MetroChange kiosk. The value from their MetroCard is recorded by the kiosk and transmitted to a central fund that is then donated to a charity. Value that would otherwise have been lost is now quantified and can be put to good use. The customer’s physical MetroCard is taken for recycling.

Posted on Friday, January 13th 2012

Tags MetroChange Metro NYC Charity Social

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of US researchers at the University of Illinois. The group has created a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the release of liquid metal which restores conductivity. The process takes less than an eye blink to bring the circuit back to use, and could be applied in everything from space technology to consumer electronics.

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of US researchers at the University of Illinois. The group has created a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the release of liquid metal which restores conductivity. The process takes less than an eye blink to bring the circuit back to use, and could be applied in everything from space technology to consumer electronics.

Posted on Thursday, January 12th 2012

Tags Self-Repairing Electronics Tech

 Source BBC

Sony has unveiled a paper-powered battery prototype in Japan. The technology generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel. If brought to market, the innovation could allow the public to top up the power of their mobile devices using waste material.

Sony has unveiled a paper-powered battery prototype in JapanThe technology generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel. If brought to market, the innovation could allow the public to top up the power of their mobile devices using waste material.

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th 2012

Tags Battery Paper-Powered Sony Tech

 Source BBC

“Light” a short film directed by David Parker, initially began as a project intended to bring awareness to energy waste. Bleeding, crying lights were meant to metaphorically parallel the way in which we invisibly squander our natural resources without much thought. While the original sentiment remains, the film also grew into a poetic statement about a world run amok and the human tendency to exploit that which we hold dear.

Posted on Saturday, December 17th 2011

Tags Light David Parker Film Energy Waste

The Air-Free Tire is an airless tire design concept by Bridgestone. The concept relies on thermoplastic resin spokes to give the tire its shape and flexibility (it is also 100% recyclable). Due to the limited load capacity of the tire, it is intended for use in lightweight carts and personal mobility devices, with use on larger vehicles planned for the future.

Posted on Friday, December 16th 2011

Tags Air-Free Tire Auto Tech Bridgestone

 Source Laughing Squid

LoudSauce is the first crowdfunded media buying platform that lets you spread the word about ideas that matter - by transforming the medium of advertising from one that primarily drives consumption to one of civic participation. What if we had more power to shape which messages were promoted on our streets? What if our billboards inspired us toward a future we actually wanted?

LoudSauce is the first crowdfunded media buying platform that lets you spread the word about ideas that matter - by transforming the medium of advertising from one that primarily drives consumption to one of civic participation. What if we had more power to shape which messages were promoted on our streets? What if our billboards inspired us toward a future we actually wanted?

Posted on Thursday, December 15th 2011

Tags LoudSauce Tech crowdfunding billboards civic participation

What will be the future of tablet computing? How will the ‘internet of things’ make technology and human behavior more seamless?

Mac Funamizu, an award winner for design concept at the Red Dot design competition, came up with a design for the future of mobile search called Looking Glass - a transparent tablet with complex integration of image identification, mapping, directions, calendar, virtual shopping, instant dictionary and search, and augmented reality among many other applications.

Posted on Monday, December 12th 2011

Tags Looking Glass Tablet Future Tech internet of things Augmented reality

 Source Business Insider

Knowledge Graph

The Knowledge Graph, similar to our Social Graph, will collect information that demonstrates our knowledge and all related human connections — including not only the classic school, college and university career but also every piece of informal learning we do in our lifetime.

Right now, there is basically no possibility for us to prove what we know beyond official certification, although we have ever more branching avenues of learning. We need a unified method to collect, evaluate and archive the knowledge we acquire during our lives.

Posted on Thursday, December 8th 2011

Tags Knowledge Graph Tech Semantic Web

 Source thefifthconference.com

University of the People believes $6 million would be sufficient to enable the non-profit to reach sustainability and to fulfill its goal - forever. 
Founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Shai Reshef the University of the People was the first tuition free, peer-to-peer institution based on Open Educational Resources. By offering freely available resources, lectures and courses by institutions like the MIT, Stanford or Berkeley UofP provides educational access and credentials to motivate individuals seeking education to learn on their own. 

University of the People believes $6 million would be sufficient to enable the non-profit to reach sustainability and to fulfill its goal - forever. 

Founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Shai Reshef the University of the People was the first tuition free, peer-to-peer institution based on Open Educational Resources. By offering freely available resources, lectures and courses by institutions like the MIT, Stanford or Berkeley UofP provides educational access and credentials to motivate individuals seeking education to learn on their own. 

Posted on Thursday, December 8th 2011

Tags University of the People Innovation Open Education

 Source bigthink.com