The Edge Question 2018 - 12


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Bruce SchneierBruce
Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School; Author, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World





Can an increasingly powerful species survive (and overcome) the actions of its most extreme individuals?





Peter SchwartzPeter
Futurist; Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning,; Author, Inevitable Surprises





Is the universe relatively simple and comprehensible by the human brain, or is it so complex, higher dimensional and multiversal that it remains forever elusive to humans?





Gino SegreGino
Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania; Author, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age





Can the human brain ever fully understand quantum mechanics?





Charles SeifeCharles
Professor of Journalism, New York University; Former Journalist, Science Magazine; Author, Virtual Unreality





How can we reap the benefits of the wide and open exchange of data without undermining the values that depend upon the scarcity of information?





Terrence J. SejnowskiTerrence J.
Computational Neuroscientist; Francis Crick Professor, the Salk Institute; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Co-author (with Patricia Churchland), The Computational Brain





How diverse is life in the universe?





Michael ShermerMichael
Publisher, Skeptic magazine; Monthly Columnist, Scientific American; Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; Author, Heavens on Earth





Would you like to live 1,000 years?





Olivier SibonyOlivier
Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School; Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris; Guest Lecturer, London Business School





Will we ever find an organization form that brings out the best in people?





Laurence C. SmithLaurence C.
Professor and Chair of Geography; Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA; Author, The World in 2050





Is civilization's demand for water a dividing or unifying force?





Monica L. SmithMonica L.
Professor of Anthropology, UCLA





Why is human communication embedded in the silence of material objects?





Lee SmolinLee
Physicist, Perimeter Institute; Author, Time Reborn





Why is the acceleration of the expansion of the universe roughly equal to a typical acceleration of a star in a circular orbit in a disk galaxy?





Dan SperberDan
Social and Cognitive Scientist; CEU Budapest and CNRS Paris; Co-author (with Deirdre Wilson), Meaning and Relevance; and (with Hugo Mercier), The Enigma of Reason





Does romantic love have a biological function?





Maria SpiropuluMaria
Shang-Yi Ch’en Professor of Physics, Caltech; Founder of AQT/INQNET





Could superintelligence be the purpose of the universe?





Nina StegemanNina
Associate Editor, Edge





What would the ability to synthesize creativity do to cultural evolution?





Paul SteinhardtPaul
Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; Co-author, Endless Universe





Will the universe observed today someday begin to contract, bounce, and be reborn?





Bruce SterlingBruce
Science Fiction Author, Mirrorshades





Do the laws of physics change with the passage of time?





Stephen J. StichStephen J.
Board of Governors Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University





Why did we acquire our extraordinary human capacity for social learning?





Victoria StoddenVictoria
Associate Professor of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign





How do I know the right level of abstraction at which to explain a phenomenon?





Christopher StringerChristopher
Paleoanthropologist; Author, Lone Survivors





Can we ever wean humans off their addiction to religion?





Seirian SumnerSeirian
Reader, Behavioral Ecology, University College London





Will our AI future forms need the natural world?





Leonard SusskindLeonard
Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics, Stanford; Author, The Theoretical Minimum series





Is there a design to the laws of physics, or are they the result of chance and the laws of large numbers?





Jaan TallinnJaan
Co-Founder, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute; Founding Engineer, Skype, Kazaa





Will the behavior of a superintelligent AI be mostly determined by the results of its reasoning about the other superintelligent AIs?





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