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Scott AaronsonScott [16]
David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Quantum Computing Since Democritus

 

 

 

 

Can we program a computer to find a 10,000-bit string that encodes more actionable wisdom than any human has ever expressed?

 

 

 

 


Anthony AguirreAnthony [17]
Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

 

 

 

Are complex biological neural systems fundamentally unpredictable?

 

 

 

 


Dorsa AmirDorsa [18]
Evolutionary Anthropologist, Yale

 

 

 

 

 

Are the simplest bits of information in the brain stored at the level of the neuron?

 

 

 

 


Chris AndersonChris [19]
CEO, 3D Robotics; Founder, DIY Drones; Author, Free

 

 

 

 

How can we put rational prices on human lives without becoming inhuman?

 

 

 

 


Ross AndersonRoss [20]
Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University

 

 

 

 

How will we build the tools to maintain the software in long-lived online devices that can kill us?

 

 

 

 


Alun AndersonAlun [21]
Senior Consultant (and former Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director), New Scientist; Author, After the Ice

 

 

 

 

Are people who cheat vital to driving progress in human societies?

 

 

 

 


Samuel ArbesmanSamuel [22]
Complexity Scientist; Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital; Author, Overcomplicated

 

 

 

 

 

How do we best build a civilization that is galvanized by long-term thinking?

 

 

 

 


Dan ArielyDan [23]
Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University; Founding Member, Center for Advanced Hindsight; Author, Predictably Irrational

 

 

 

 

How would changes in the marginal tax rate affect our efforts and motivation?

 

 

 

 


Noga ArikhaNoga [24]
Historian of ideas; Author, Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

 

 

 

 

Will it ever be possible for us to transcend our limited experience of time as linear?

 

 

 

 


W. Brian ArthurW. Brian [25]
External Professor, Santa Fe Institute; Visiting Researcher, Intelligent Systems Lab, PARC

 

 

 

 

Does consciousness reside only in our brains?

 

 

 

 


Scott AtranScott [26]
Anthropologist, Directeur de recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, Co-Founder, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, University of Oxford. Author of Talking to the Enemy

 

 

 

 

How can science best leverage unreason to overcome the heroic passion for war?

 

 

 

 


Joscha BachJoscha [27]
Cognitive Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

 

 

 

 

What is the optimal algorithm for discovering truth?

 

 

 

 


Mahzarin BanajiMahzarin [28]
Department Chair; Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Co-author (with Anthony Greenwald), Blind Spot

 

 

 

 

Will the appearance of new species of talented computational intelligence result in improving the moral behavior of persons and societies?

 

 

 

 


Simon Baron-CohenSimon [29]
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge; Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge; Author, Zero Degrees of Empathy

 

 

 

 

Can we re-design our education system based on the principle of neurodiversity?

 

 

 

 


Lisa Feldman BarrettLisa Feldman [30]
University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University; Research Neuroscientist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Author, How Emotions Are Made

 

 

 

 

How does a single human brain architecture create many kinds of human minds?

 

 

 

 


Andrew BarronAndrew [31]
Neuroethologist, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

 

 

 

 

What would a diagram that gave a complete understanding of imagination need to be?

 

 

 

 


Thomas A. BassThomas A. [32]
Professor of English and Journalism, State University of New York, Albany; Author of The Eudaemonic Pie and The Spy Who Loved Us

 

 

 

 

What libraries will we have to build when cloning becomes infinitely expandable?

 

 

 

 


Mary Catherine BatesonMary Catherine [33]
Professor Emerita, George Mason University; Visiting Scholar, Sloan Center on Aging and Work, Boston College; Author, Composing a Further Life

 

 

 

 

Will the process of discovery be completed in any of the natural sciences?

 

 

 

 


Gregory BenfordGregory [34]
Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine; Novelist and author, The Berlin Project

 

 

 

 

What is the hard limit on human longevity?

 

 

 

 


Laura BetzigLaura [35]
Anthropologist; Historian

 

 

 

 

Will we ever live together in a hive?

 

 

 

 


Susan BlackmoreSusan [36]
Psychologist; Author, Consciousness: An Introduction

 

 

 

 

What kinds of minds could solve the mind-body problem?

 

 

 

 


Alan S. BlinderAlan S. [37]
Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Author, Advice and Dissent

 

 

 

 

Will AI make the Luddites (mostly) right?

 

 

 

 

 
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