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, 3QuarksDaily.com

 

 

 

 

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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