The Edge Annual Question - 2009

Various authors, Edge, Jan 06, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's hard not to enthuse about the Edge annual question (though I think the selection of authors is leaning too much toward media icons rather than to scientists). The question begs an imaginative response: "What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" Some of the responses are pretty derivative ('A new kind of mind', 'A farewell to harm') but others are more engaging ('intelligent life from somewhere else','mastering death') and some are recursive ('This very exploration is changing everything'). Chris Anderson projects our own project: a web empowered revolution in teaching. And Mark Seligman suggests, "If we could only teach intuition, we could raise human intelligence substantially."
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