The Edge Question 2018 - 14 [1]


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Jason WilkesJason [16]
Graduate student in Psychology, UC Santa Barbara; Author, Burn Math Class





Why are the errors that our best machine-learning algorithms make so different from the errors we humans make?





Evan WilliamsEvan [17]
CEO, Medium





What will be obvious to us in a generation that we have an inkling of today?





Alexander Wissner-GrossAlexander [18]
Scientist; Inventor; Entrepreneur; Investor





Can general-purpose computers be constructed out of pure gravity?





Milford H. WolpoffMilford H. [19]
Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Museum of Anthropology





Can the pace of human evolution stop accelerating?





Richard WranghamRichard [20]
Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Curator of Primate Behavioral Biology at Harvard University; Author, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human





In which century or millennium can all humanity be expected to speak the same primary language?





Elizabeth Wrigley-FieldElizabeth [21]
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Faculty Member, Minnesota Population Center





How do our microbes contribute to that particular combination of continuity and change that makes us human?





Richard Saul WurmanRichard Saul [22]
Founder, TED Conference; EG Conference; TEDMED Conferences; Architect, Cartographer; Author, Information Architects





Clarify the differences between understanding, knowledge and wisdom that could be communicated to a literate twelve-year-old and recommunicated to their parents.





Victoria WyattVictoria [23]
Associate Professor of History in Art, University of Victoria





How do contemporary developments in technology affect human cultural diversity?





Itai YanaiItai [24]
Director, Institute for Computational Medicine; Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, New York University School of Medicine; Co-author (with Martin Lercher), The Society of Genes






How can we rebel against our genes if we are biological creatures without free will?





Dustin YellinDustin [25]
Artist; Founder, Pioneer Works





Will the frontiers of consciousness be technological or linguistic?





Eliezer S. YudkowskyEliezer S. [26]
Research Fellow; Co-founder, Machine Intelligence Research Institute





What is the fastest way to reliably align a powerful AGI around the safe performance of some limited task that is potent enough to save the world from unaligned AGI?





Dan ZahaviDan [27]
Professor of Philosophy; Director, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen; Author, Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame





What is the world without the mind?





Anton ZeilingerAnton [28]
Physicist, University of Vienna; Scientific Director, Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information; President, Austrian Academy of Sciences; Author, Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation





Will the individual quantum event forever remain random?





Carl ZimmerCarl [29]
Journalist: Author, A Planet of Viruses; Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed





How does the past give rise to the future?





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