The Edge Question 2018 - 5

 

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Joel GoldJoel
Psychiatrist; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Coauthor (with Ian Gold), Suspicious Minds

 

 

 

 

Can we acquire complete access to our unconscious minds?

 

 

 

 


Nigel GoldenfeldNigel
Physicist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

 

 

Is it possible to control a system capable of evolving?

 

 

 

 


Rebecca Newberger GoldsteinRebecca Newberger
Philosopher, Novelist; Recipient, 2014 National Humanities Medal; Author, Plato at the Googleplex; 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

 

 

 

 

If we're not the agents of ourselves (and it's hard to see how we can be) how can we make sense of moral accountability (and how can we live coherently without it)?

 

 

 

 


Daniel GolemanDaniel
Psychologist; Author (with Richard Davidson), Altered Traits

 

 

 

 

Is there a subtle form of consciousness that operates independent of brain function?

 

 

 

 


Alison GopnikAlison
Psychologist, UC, Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the Carpenter

 

 

 

 

How can the few pounds of grey goo between our ears let us make utterly surprising, completely unprecedented, and remarkably true discoveries about the world around us, in every domain and at every scale, from quarks to quasars?

 

 

 

 


John GottmanJohn
Psychologist; Co-founder, The Gottman Relationship Institute; Author, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

 

 

 

 

Will a comprehensive mathematics of human behavior ever be created?

 

 

 

 


Jonathan GottschallJonathan
Distinguished Research Fellow, English Department, Washington & Jefferson College; Author,The Storytelling Animal

 

 

 

 

Are stories bad for us?

 

 

 

 


William GrassieWilliam
Interdisciplinary Scholar; Author, The New Sciences of Religion

 

 

 

 

What knowledge and know-how are our descendants at risk of forgetting as our species passes through future evolutionary bottlenecks?

 

 

 

 


Kurt GrayKurt
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Co-author (with Daniel Wegner), The Mind Club

 

 

 

 

 

What will happen to human love when we can design the perfect robot lover?

 

 

 

 


A. C. GraylingA. C.
Master of the New College of the Humanities; Supernumerary Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford; Author, War: An Enquiry

 

 

 

 

What ethical responsibilities will humans owe to AGI systems?

 

 

 

 


Tom GriffithsTom
Professor, Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Computational Cognitive Science Lab and Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences; Co-author (with Brian Christian), Algorithms to Live By

 

 

 

 

What new cognitive abilities will we need to live in a world of intelligent machines?

 

 

 

 


June GruberJune
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder

 

 

 

 

What is the upper limit for how malleable the human mind and our emotions can actually be?

 

 

 

 


Jonathan HaidtJonathan
Social Psychologist; Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business; Author, The Righteous Mind

 

 

 

 

Why is it so hard to find the truth?

 

 

 

 


David HaigDavid
George Putnam Professor of Biology, Harvard University; Author, Genomic Imprinting and Kinship

 

 

 

 

What will be the use of 99% humanity for the 1%?

 

 

 

 


Hans HalvorsonHans
Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University

 

 

 

 

Is scientific knowledge the most valuable possession of humanity?

 

 

 

 


Timo HannayTimo
Founding Managing Director, SchoolDash; Co-organizer, Sci Foo Camp

 

 

 

 

Why do we get to ask questions at all?

 

 

 

 


Judith Rich HarrisJudith Rich
Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, The Nurture Assumption; No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality

 

 

 

 

How could one last question possibly be enough?

 

 

 

 


Sam HarrisSam
Neuroscientist; Philosopher; Author, Waking Up

 

 

 

 

Is the actual all that is possible?

 

 

 

 


Daniel HaunDaniel
Professor of Early Child Development and Culture, Director, Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, Leipzig University

 

 

 

 

Which facets of life will we never understand once biological and cultural diversity has vanished?

 

 

 

 


Marti HearstMarti
Computer Scientist, UC Berkeley, School of Information; Author, Search User Interfaces

 

 

 

 

Will reading and writing survive given the seduction of video and audio?

 

 

 

 


Dirk HelbingDirk
Professor of Computational Social Science, ETH Zurich; TU Delft, The Netherlands

 

 

 

 

What does it mean to be human?

 

 

 

 

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