The Edge Question 2018 - 2

 

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Paul BloomPaul
Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University; Author, Against Empathy

 

 

 

 

Why are we so often kind to strangers when nobody is watching and we have nothing to gain?

 

 

 

 


Giulio BoccalettiGiulio
Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy

 

 

 

 

How much biodiversity do we need?

 

 

 

 


Ian BogostIan
Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology; Founding Partner, Persuasive Games LLC; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

 

 

 

 

Is there a way for humans to directly experience what it’s like to be another entity?

 

 

 

 


Joshua BongardJoshua
Veinott Professor of Computer Science, University of Vermont; Author, How the Body Shapes the Way We Think

 

 

 

 

Will a machine ever be able to feel what an organism feels?

 

 

 

 


Nick BostromNick
Professor, Oxford University; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Author, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

 

 

 

 

Which questions should we not ask and not try to answer?

 

 

 

 


Stewart BrandStewart
Founder, the Whole Earth Catalog; Co-founder, The Well; Co-Founder, The Long Now Foundation, and Revive & Restore; Author, Whole Earth Discipline

 

 

 

 

Can wild animals that are large and dangerous be made averse to threatening humans?

 

 

 

 


Rodney A. BrooksRodney A.
Roboticist; Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) , MIT; Founder, Chairman & CTO, Rethink Robotics; Author, Flesh and Machines

 

 

 

 

Can consciousness exist in an entity without a self-contained physical body?

 

 

 

 


David M. BussDavid M.
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin; Author, The Dangerous Passion

 

 

 

 

Will scientific advances about the causes of sexual conflict help to end the "battle of the sexes"?

 

 

 

 


Philip CampbellPhilip
Editor-in-Chief of Nature since 1995; Beginning summer 2018, he will become Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature’s portfolio of journals, books and magazines

 

 

 

 

How do I describe the achievements, meanings, and power of Beethoven's piano sonata “Appassionata”?

 

 

 

 


Jimena CanalesJimena
Writer and faculty at the Graduate College, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign; Author, The Physicist and the Philosopher

 

 

 

 

When will we accept that the most accurate clocks will have to advance regularly sometimes, irregularly most of the time, and at times run counterclockwise?

 

 

 

 


Christopher ChabrisChristopher
Senior Investigator, Geisinger Health System; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse, France; Co-author, The Invisible Gorilla

 

 

 

 

How complex must be the initial design of the simplest machine that can learn from experience to achieve, at a minimum, the intelligence and abilities of a typical human being?

 

 

 

 


David ChalmersDavid
Professor, Philosophy & Neural Science; Co-Director, Center for Mind, Brain, & Consciousness, NYU; Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National U.

 

 

 

 

How can we design a machine that can correctly answer every question, including this one?

 

 

 

 


Leo M. ChalupaLeo M.
Neurobiologist; Vice President of Research, George Washington University

 

 

 

 

What new methodology will be required to explain the neural basis of consciousness?

 

 

 

 


Ashvin ChhabraAshvin
Investor, Physicist, Author, The Aspirational Investor

 

 

 

 

Is there a fundamental difference between the biological world and the physical world?

 

 

 

 


Jaeweon ChoJaeweon
Professor of Environmental Engineering, UNIST; Director, Science Walden Center

 

 

 

 

Can we design a modern society without money which is at least as effective economically and politically as our current system?

 

 

 

 


Nicholas A. ChristakisNicholas A.
Physician and Social Scientist, Yale University; Co-author, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

 

 

 

 

Will some things about life, consciousness, and society necessarily remain unseen?

 

 

 

 


David ChristianDavid
Director, Big History Institute and Distinguished Professor in History, Macquarie University, Sydney; Author, Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History

 

 

 

 

Will we pass our audition as planetary managers?

 

 

 

 


Brian ChristianBrian
Author, The Most Human Human; Co-author (with Tom Griffiths), Algorithms to Live By

 

 

 

 

Is the unipolar future of a "singleton" the inevitable destiny of intelligent life?

 

 

 

 


George ChurchGeorge
Professor, Harvard University; Director, Personal Genome Project; Co-author (with Ed Regis), Regenesis

 

 

 

 

What will we do as an encore once we manage to develop technological solutions to infection, aging, poverty, asteroids, and heat death of the universe?

 

 

 

 


Andy ClarkAndy
Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh; Author, Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

 

 

 

 

Will we soon cease to care whether we are experiencing normal, augmented, or virtual reality?

 

 

 

 

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