The Edge Question 2018 - 10


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Josef PenningerJosef
Director, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna; Genetics Professor, University of Vienna





Can we engineer a human being?





Irene PepperbergIrene
Research Associate & Lecturer, Harvard; Adjunct Associate Professor, Brandeis; Author, Alex & Me





What is the most important thing that can be done to restore the general public’s faith and trust in science?





Clifford PickoverClifford
Author, The Math Book, The Physics Book, and The Medical Book trilogy





Will humans ever prove the Riemann Hypothesis in mathematics?





Steven PinkerSteven
Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology; Harvard University; Author, Enlightenment Now





How can we empower the better angels of our nature?





David PizarroDavid
Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University





Are we smart enough to know when we’ve reached the limits of our ability to understand the universe?





Robert PlominRobert
Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King's College London





How far will we go in predicting human behavior from DNA?





Jordan PollackJordan
Professor and Chairman of Computer Science, Brandeis University





Will blockchain return us to the golden age of ownership of information licenses that can be resold like books and records?





Alex PootsAlex
Artistic Director and CEO, The Shed





Will artistic invention enlighten the age of AI?





Carolyn PorcoCarolyn
Planetary Scientist; Cassini Imaging Team Leader; Director, CICLOPS, Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado





What will it take for us to be fully confident that we have found life elsewhere in the cosmos?





William PoundstoneWilliam
Journalist; Author, Head in the Cloud; Nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize





Does the infinite multiverse of cosmologists, in which all that is physically possible occurs, contain realizations of our unruly paradoxes of infinity (Hilbert’s Hotel, Thomson Lamp, 1+2+3+4… = -1/12; etc.)?





William H. PressWilliam H.
Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Chair in Computer Sciences and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin





What quirk of evolution caused us to develop the ability to do pure mathematics?





Robert ProvineRobert
Research Professor/Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Author, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond





Can a single underlying process explain the emergence of structure at the physical, biological, cognitive, and machine levels?





Matthew PutmanMatthew
Applied Physicist; Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Works; CEO, Nanotronics





Will questioning be replaced by answering without questions?





David C. QuellerDavid C.
Evolutionary Biologist, Washington University in St. Louis





Must we suffer and die?





Sheizaf RafaeliSheizaf
Professor, Director, The Center for Internet Research, University of Haifa, Israel





Will weaving networks that blend humans and machines yield network effects?





Vilayanur Ramachandran
Sheizaf Neuroscientist; Professor & Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, UC, San Diego; Author, The Tell-Tale Brain





Why should we prize the original object over a perfect replica?





Lisa RandallLisa
Physicist, Harvard University; Author, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs





How far can we extend beyond our human limitations to more fully grasp the nature of the world?





S. Abbas RazaS. Abbas
Founding Editor,





Why is sleep so necessary?





Syed Tasnim RazaSyed Tasnim
Medical Director, Cardiac Surgery Step-Down Unit at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital





Will it be possible to do surgical operations in the future without making incisions?





Martin ReesMartin
Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College; Author, From Here to Infinity





Will post-humans be organic or electronic?





Ed RegisEd
Science writer; Author, Monsters





Why is reason, science, and evidence so impotent against superstition, religion, and dogma?





Diana ReissDiana
Professor, Department of Psychology Hunter College; Author, The Dolphin in the Mirror





How smart does another animal have to be for us to decide not to eat it?





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