The Edge Question 2018 - 1


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Scott AaronsonScott
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
Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz





Are complex biological neural systems fundamentally unpredictable?





Dorsa AmirDorsa
Evolutionary Anthropologist, Yale






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





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





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





Ross AndersonRoss
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
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
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
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
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
External Professor, Santa Fe Institute; Visiting Researcher, Intelligent Systems Lab, PARC





Does consciousness reside only in our brains?





Scott AtranScott
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
Cognitive Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics





What is the optimal algorithm for discovering truth?





Mahzarin BanajiMahzarin
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine; Novelist and author, The Berlin Project





What is the hard limit on human longevity?





Laura BetzigLaura
Anthropologist; Historian





Will we ever live together in a hive?





Susan BlackmoreSusan
Psychologist; Author, Consciousness: An Introduction





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





Alan S. BlinderAlan S.
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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