The Edge Question 2018 - 4

 

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David M. EaglemanDavid M.
Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Incognito, Sum, The Brain

 

 

 

 

Can we create new senses for humans—not just touch, taste, vision, hearing, smell, but totally novel qualia for which we don't yet have words?

 

 

 

 


David EdelmanDavid
Neuroscientist; Guest Investigator, Dartmouth College

 

 

 

 

Will we ever be replaced by another earthly species capable of evolving to a similar degree of social and technical sophistication that effectively fills the biocultural niche we vacated?

 

 

 

 


Nick EnfieldNick
Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney; Author, How We Talk

 

 

 

 

Is the cumulation of shared knowledge forever constrained by the limits of human language?

 

 

 

 


Brian EnoBrian
Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Paul Simon; Recording Artist

 

 

 

 

Have we left the Age of Reason, never to return?

 

 

 

 


Juan EnriquezJuan
Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-author (with Steve Gullans), Evolving Ourselves

 

 

 

 

So, before The Singularity...?

 

 

 

 


Dylan EvansDylan
Founder and CEO of Projection Point; Author, The Utopia Experiment

 

 

 

 

Will civilization collapse before I die?

 

 

 

 


Daniel L. EverettDaniel L.
Linguistic Researcher; Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley University; Author, How Language Began

 

 

 

 

Will humans ever embrace their own diversity?

 

 

 

 


Christine FinnChristine
Archaeologist; Journalist; Author, Artifacts, Past Poetic

 

 

 

 

Is there a place for our past in our future?

 

 

 

 


Stuart FiresteinStuart
Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University; Fellow, AAAS

 

 

 

 

How many incommensurable ideas can we hold in our mind simultaneously?

 

 

 

 


Helen FisherHelen
Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University; Author, Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love

 

 

 

 

What will courtship, mate selection, length of marriages and family composition and networks be like when we are all living over 150 years?

 

 

 

 


Steve FullerSteve
Philosopher; Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick; Author, The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism

 

 

 

 

Can we design a common test to assess machine, animal and human intelligence?

 

 

 

 


Howard GardnerHoward
Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed

 

 

 

 

Will the "third culture" be followed by a fourth culture, a fifth culture, and, ominously, a Final Culture?

 

 

 

 


David C. GearyDavid C.
Curators’ Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

 

 

 

 

Is there a single, evolved biological mechanism that can be tweaked to improve overall health, cognitive abilities, and slow aging?

 

 

 

 


James GearyJames
Deputy Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard; Author, I Is an Other

 

 

 

 

Why is the phenomenon too familiar to investigate the hardest thing to completely understand?

 

 

 

 


Amanda GefterAmanda
Physics writer; Author, Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn

 

 

 

 

Is intersubjectivity possible in a quantum mechanical universe?

 

 

 

 


Neil GershenfeldNeil
Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; Co-author, Designing Reality

 

 

 

 

Is there a Turing test for living rather than thinking that can distinguish animate from automata?

 

 

 

 


Asif A. GhazanfarAsif A.
Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

 

 

 

 

What behaviors are we attributing only to brain mechanisms that may be better explained by considering biomechanics?

 

 

 

 


Steve GiddingsSteve
Theoretical Physicist; Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

 

 

 

Is there a single theory of all physics (TOP), and what is it?

 

 

 

 


Gerd GigerenzerGerd
Psychologist; Director, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Max Planck Institute for Human Development; Author, Risk Savvy

 

 

 

 

Can human intuition ever be reduced to an algorithm?

 

 

 

 


Bruno GiussaniBruno
European Director and Global Curator, TED

 

 

 

 

How much time will pass between the last minute before artificial superintelligence and the first minute after it?

 

 

 

 

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