Every year, the site Edge.org has asked a question of its members and friends, the best of the forefront of science today. The year it was the following: "What Will Change Everything: What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" And, as every year, Radar ran a selection of those responses — enthusiastic, hopeful, murky, skeptical, encouraging, original from more than 150 physicists, neuroscientists, philosophers, biologists, chemists and mathematicians, among others. Go ahead: you know what awaits us.
By Carlos Silber
Observe, quantify, predict, compare. Science develops and is maintained by these four pillars in balance with the deduction of the scientific method. It was Galileo 400 years ago who finally, after so much blind faith in Aristotle and validity of the argument of authority, one day left his house with these four keys to enter fully into the nature and understand it in its tracks.
If Darwin abused and wore the act of observing (and write in their journals hiperdetallistas), Einstein won his fame in 1919 when their predictions (encapsulated in the Theory of General Relativity) coincided with the facts: the comments made during a total eclipse Sun had shown that the light is diverted to pass near a massive body.
Prediction is often seen as the most valued scientific tool, able to quell that uncertainty and allow the moment to act with foresight. Many use it with restraint and other abuse it. ...
Scientists hate the hard but closely admire his vision extended. So when John Brockman, editor and head of the U.S. site of the agora Edge.org, on the forefront of science, found the question with which every year since 1998, takes the temperature to contemporary thought, biologists, physicists, chemists and all kinds of intellectuals of the "third culture" was flooded with mail box, a resounding "yes, and give you my answer."
"What Will Change Everything: What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?", asked Brockman this time, who received 151 bright, optimistic, pessimistic, short, long, cryptic, theoretical as well as surprisingresponses — which in this custom-Radar, are condensed below:
[ED. NOTE: Feature article features the following contributors: Kevin Kelly, Steven Pinker, Freeman Dyson, Ian McEwan, George Dyson, Karl Sabbagh, Richard Dawkins, Zeilinger, Douglas Rushkoff, David Eagleman, Steve Nadis, Brian Eno, Craig Venter, Sherry Turkle, Marcel Kinsbourne] ...