Sent to you by Sean McBride via Google Reader: What Will Change
Everything? via FriendFeedLinks - Home on 1/1/09 Shared 25 times

Regular Radar contributor Linda Stone sent this in to be posted today.

What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to
live to see? The Internet, television, antibiotics, automobiles,
electricity, nuclear power, space travel, and cloning - these
inventions were born out of dreams, persistence, and imagination. What
game-changing ideas can we expect to see in OUR lifetimes?

As each year winds to a close, John Brockman, a literary agent
representing some of the finest minds in science and technology and the
founder of Edge (a 501c3), poses a provocative question to an
international community of physicists, psychologists, futurists,
thought leaders and dreamers. Brockman is a master convener, both
online and in real life. This year’s annual Edge question, What will
change everything?, generated responses from Freeman Dyson, Danny
Hillis, Martin Seligman, Craig Venter, and Juan Enriquez, to name a
few. Here are a few highlights.

Venter imagines creating life from synthetic materials and expects that
our view of life, itself, will be transformed.

Nobel Laureate, Frank Wilczek, believes everything will continue to
become smaller, faster, cooler, and cheaper -- with its implications of
an Internet on steroids and exciting new designer materials.

Several neuroscientists wrote about everything from direct
communication of feelings and thoughts from brain to brain to
electrical brain stimulation for the treatment of mood disorders to
cheap cryonic suspension of brains, to ways to control brain plasticity.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Verena Huber-Dyson, see science evolving
beyond analytical focus and including a sense of synthesis. Huber-Dyson
envisions the end of fragmentation of knowledge.

George Dyson, science historian, author, kayak-designer and builder,
looks toward the stars - or here on earth, suggesting, “the detection
of extraterrestrial life, extraterrestrial intelligence or
extraterrestrial technology will change everything.”

Discover Magazine editor in chief, Corey S. Powell, offers a list of
possibilities from synthetic telepathy to genetically engineered kids.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds
discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

Tap your greatness as we welcome 2009!

Enjoy reading responses to the Edge annual question and please comment
on the question yourself: What will change everything? What
game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live
to see?

Things you can do from here:
- Subscribe to FriendFeedLinks - Home using Google Reader
- Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your
favorite sites

Reply via email to