2007 : WHAT ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT?

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CEO and Managing Director, Intellectual Ventures; Co-Author...
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experimental astrophysics and observational cosmology
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Mathematician; computer scientist; Professor of Media Arts...
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Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
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Evolutionary Biologist; Professor of Anthropology and...
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Science Journalist; Co-author, Why Good Things Happen To...
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Professor of Medicine at UCSD
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Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin;...
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Director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
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Neurologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, The New School;...
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Co-founder of the World Science Festival and Chairman,...
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Physicist, University of Oxford; Author, The Beginning of...
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Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of...
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Journalist, La Stampa; Italy Correspondent, Science Magazine
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Chair of Reproductive Biology, Director Scottish Centre for...
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Senior Editor, Discover Magazine; Adjunct Professor,...
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Professor & Director, Institute of Philosophy School of...
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Cofounder and Director, The Science Network; Neuroscience...
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Psychologist and faculty member of the Harvard Medical...
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Co-founder of Wikipedia and Citizendium
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Psychologist, UC, Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the...
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Professor of Biological Sciences, Physics, Astronomy,...
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Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Reading University, UK;...
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Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Behave
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Chief News and Features Editor
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Director, MIT Media Lab; Coauthor (with Jeff Howe),...
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Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Departments of...
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Information Scientist and Professor of Electrical...
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Emeritus Professor of Psychology, London School of...
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Investor; Chairman, EDventure Holdings; Executive Founder,...
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Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Coldplay, Talking...
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Curator, TED conferences, TED Talks; author, TED Talks
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Psychologist; Director, Quality of Life Research Center,...
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Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University;...
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Producer; Founder, Managing Director, Skyscraper...
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Founder, the Whole Earth Catalog; Co-founder, The Well; Co-...
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Chief Executive, Medical Research Council;Waynflete...
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Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics;...
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Journalist; Author, Us and Them
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Professor of Cognitive Philosophy, Department of Philosophy...
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Physicist, Computer Scientist, Co-Founder, Applied...
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Science fiction novelist; Blogger; Technology activist; Co-...
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climatologist, is a professor in the Department of...
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Founder, Cyberlife Research; author, Creation: Life and How...
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Geochronologist Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
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Writer; Futurist; Author, Einstein's Greatest Mistake
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Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of...
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Internet Entrepreneur; Angel Investor
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Department Chair; Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social...
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Professor of Computer Science, MIT; Director, MIT...
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Computer Scientist; Musician; Author, Who Owns The Future?
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Principal, The Garreau Group
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Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, Dartmouth College...
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Evolutionary Biologist; Emeritus Professor of the Public...
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Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics, Stanford;...
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Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University; Author, Why...
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Director, External Affairs, Science Museum Group; Co-author...
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Professor and Chairman of Computer Science, Brandeis...
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Physicist, University of Vienna; Scientific Director,...
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Social and Cognitive Scientist; CEU Budapest and CNRS Paris...
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Research affiliate, MIT Media Lab
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Head of Advanced Analytics, Spotify
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Social & Technology Network Topology Researcher;...
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Technology Forecaster; Consulting Associate Professor,...
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Theoretical physicist; cosmologist; astro-biologist; co-...
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Computer Scientist, UC Berkeley, School of Information;...
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Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms;...
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Consultant; Adaptive Optics and Adjunct Professor of...
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President & CEO, Science World British Columbia;...
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Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus); Former Director...
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Author, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House;...
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Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of...
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Shang-Yi Ch’en Professor of Physics, California Institute...
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Professor of Psychology, Director NYU Center for Language...
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A leading scientist of the 21st century for Genomic...
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Philosopher and Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche...
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Tech Culture Journalist; Partner, Contributor, Co-editor,...
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Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine;...
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Neuroscientist; Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral...
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Psychologist; President Emeritus, Cooper Union
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Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Johannes Gutenberg-...
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Mathematician; Computer Scientist; Cyberpunk Pioneer;...
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Scientist; Spanish Television Presenter; Author, The...
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Professor, Claremont McKenna College; Past-president,...
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Professor of Life Sciences, Director, Center for Evolution...
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Open Source and Public Sector, Google
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Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Author,...
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Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of...
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Hi-Tech Industry Consultant; Former Executive at Apple...
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Psychologist; Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth;...
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Physicist, Institute of Advanced Study; Author, Disturbing...
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Professor, Harvard University; Director, Personal Genome...
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Linguistic Researcher; Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley...
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Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific...
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Science Historian ; Author, Turing’s Cathedral; Darwin...
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Director, Center for Science Writings, Stevens Institute of...
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Software Pioneer; Philosopher; Author, A Realtime...
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Psychologist; Co-founder, The Gottman Relationship...
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Psychologist, University of California, Irvine
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Futurist; Senior Vice President for Global Government...
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Professor of Geography, University of California Los...
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Physicist, Harvard University; Author, Dark Matter and the...
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Theoretical Neurobiologist; Affiliate Professor Emeritus,...
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Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-author (...
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Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Author,...
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CEO, Socratic Arts Inc.; John Evans Professor Emeritus of...
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Writer; Speaker; Thinker, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, New York...
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Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Throwing Rocks...
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Professor of Journalism, New York University; Former...
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Head of Research Group Systems, Neuroscience and Cognitive...
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Research Associate & Lecturer, Harvard; Adjunct...
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Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Senior Research...
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Philosopher, Novelist; Recipient, 2014 National Humanities...
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Science Writer; Fellow, Royal Society of Literature and the...
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Social Psychologist; Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical...
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Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of...
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Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of...
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Co-editor, BoingBoing.net
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Evolutionary psychologist, NYU Stern Business School and...
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Principal Developer of the first omni-font optical...
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Computer Scientist, Yale University; Chief Scientist,...
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Editor-in-Chief of Nature since 1995; Beginning summer 2018...
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Founding Dean, Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate...
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Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, The...
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Professor of Biology at Schumacher College
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Neuroscientist; Philosopher; Author, Waking Up
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Editor, The Feuilleton (Arts and Essays), of the German...
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Computational Neuroscientist; Francis Crick Professor, the...
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Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore...
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Physicist, Perimeter Institute; Author, Einstein's...
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Senior Editor, Newsweek
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Neurobiologist; Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology,...
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Professor and Director, Positive Psychology Center,...
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Science Editor
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Author, Machines Who Think, The Universal Machine, Bounded...
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Classics Scholar, University Librarian, ASU; Author, Pagans
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Psychologist; Author (with Richard Davidson), Altered Traits
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Publisher, Skeptic magazine; Monthly Columnist, Scientific...
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Mathematician; Executive Director, H-STAR Institute,...
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President and CEO of the Aspen Institute; author, Steve...
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Professor of Psychology, Hope College; Co-author,...
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professor of astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced...
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Philosopher; Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Co...
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Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology;...
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Journalist, The Guardian
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Theoretical Physicist; Aix-Marseille University, in the...
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Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard...
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Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine; Author, The Case Against...
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Physicist, former President, Weizmann Institute of Science...
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Senior Consultant (and former Editor-in-Chief and...
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Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the...
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Senior Maverick, Wired; Author, What Technology Wants and...
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Theoretical Physicist; Foundation Professor, School of...
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Investor, art collector, philanthropist, photographer
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Curator, TED conferences, TED Talks; author, TED Talks
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Communications Expert; Author, Smart Mobs