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, Salesforce.com; 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 illusive 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 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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