The Edge Question 2018 - 13

 

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Timothy TaylorTimothy
Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of Vienna; Author, The Artificial Ape

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Homo sapiens the sole non-extinct species of hominin?

 

 

 

 


Max TegmarkMax
Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific Director, Foundational Questions Institute; President, Future of Life Institute; Author, Life 3.0

 

 

 

 

What will be the literally last question that will preoccupy future superintelligent cosmic life for as long as the laws of physics permit?

 

 

 

 


Richard H. ThalerRichard H.
Father of Behavioral Economics; Recipient, 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science; Director, Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; Author, Misbehaving

 

 

 

 

How will we cope when we are capable of keeping humans alive longer than our optimal life expectancy?

 

 

 

 


Frank TiplerFrank
Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University; Author, The Physics of Christianity

 

 

 

 

Can rational beings such as Bayesian robots, humans, super-intelligent AI's ever reach agreement?

 

 

 

 


Eric TopolEric
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Translational Science Institute; Author, The Patient Will See You Now

 

 

 

 

Can behavioral science crack the ultimate challenge of getting people to durably adopt much healthier lifestyles?

 

 

 

 


Sherry TurkleSherry
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT; Internet Culture Researcher; Author, Reclaiming Conversation

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will time with artifacts that simulate the emotional experience of being with another person do to our human capacity to handle the surely rougher, more frictional, and demanding human intimacies on offer?

 

 

 

 


Barbara TverskyBarbara
Professor Emerita of Psychology, Stanford University

 

 

 

 

How do the limits of the mind limit our understanding?

 

 

 

 


Michael VassarMichael
Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, MetaMed Research

 

 

 

 

How can coalitions of scholars who wish to update the content of explicit common knowledge in order to use that knowledge collaboratively detect and circumvent coalitions which are applying narrative control strategies to preserve arbitrage opportunities implicit in disparities between official narratives and reality?

 

 

 

 


J. Craig VenterJ. Craig
A leading scientist of the 21st century for Genomic Sciences; Co-Founder, Chairman, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.; Founder, J. Craig Venter Institute; Author, A Life Decoded

 

 

 

 

Will the creation of a super-human class from a combination of genome editing and direct biological-machine interfaces lead to the collapse of civilization?

 

 

 

 


Athena VouloumanosAthena
Associate Professor of Psychology, Director, NYU Infant Cognition and Communication Lab, New York University

 

 

 

 

 

Will we ever understand how human communication is built from genes to cells to circuits to behavior?

 

 

 

 


D.A. WallachD.A.
Recording Artist; Songwriter; Artist in Residence, Spotify

 

 

 

 

Are there any phenomena for which it will never be possible to develop parsimonious theories?

 

 

 

 


Adam WaytzAdam
Psychologist; Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

 

 

 

 

Are moral beliefs more like facts or more like preferences?

 

 

 

 


Bret WeinsteinBret
Theoretical Evolutionary Biologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can humans set a non-evolutionary course that is game-theoretically stable?

 

 

 

 


Eric R. WeinsteinEric R.
Mathematician and Economist; Managing Director of Thiel Capital

 

 

 

 

Does something unprecedented happen when we finally learn our own source code?

 

 

 

 


Albert WengerAlbert
Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

 

 

 

 

 

How do we create and maintain backup options for humanity to quickly rebuild an advanced civilization after a catastrophic human extinction event?

 

 

 

 


Geoffrey WestGeoffrey
Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute; Author, Scale

 

 

 

 

How and when will it end or will it persist indefinitely?

 

 

 

 


Thalia WheatleyThalia
Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

 

 

 

 

 

How will the advent of direct brain-to-brain communication change the way we think?

 

 

 

 


Tim WhiteTim
Paleoanthropologist; Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

 

 

 

 

How much would surrendering our god(s) strengthen the odds of our survival?

 

 

 

 


Linda WilbrechtLinda
Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 

 

 

 

 

How can we sculpt how individual brains develop to avert mental illness?

 

 

 

 


Frank WilczekFrank
Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Author, A Beautiful Question

 

 

 

Why?

 

 

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