Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Paul Davies examines the likelihood that by the year 2050 we will be able to establish a continuing human presence on Mars. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi investigates the ramifications of engineering high-IQ, geneticially happy babies. Psychiatrist Nancy Etcoff explains current research into the creation of emotion-sensing jewelry that could gauge our moods and tell us when to take an anti-depressant pill. And evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores the probability that we will soon be able to obtain a genome printout that predicts our natural end for the same cost as a chest x-ray. (Will we want to read it? And will insurance companies and governments have access to it?) This fascinating and unprecedented book explores not only the practical possibilities of the near future, but also the social and political ramifications of the developments of the strange new world to come.
Also includes original essays by:
Lee Smolin - The Future of the Nature of the University
Martin Rees - Cosmological Challenges: Are We Alone, and Where?
Ian Stewart - Mathematics of 2050
Brian Goodwin - In the Shadow of Culture
Marc D. Hauser - Swappable Minds
Alison Gopnik - What Children Will Teach Scientists
Paul Bloom - Toward a Theory of Moral Development
Geoffrey Miller - The Science of Subtlety
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - The Future of Happiness
Robert M. Sapolsky - Will We Still Be Sad Fifty Years from Now
Steven Strogatz - Fermi's "Little Discovery" and the Future of Chaos and Complexity Theory
Stuart Kauffman - What is Life?
Richard Dawkins - Son of Moore's Law
Paul Davies - Was There a Second Genesis?
John H. Holland - What Is to Come and How to Predict It
Rodney Brooks - The Merger of Flesh and Machines
Peter Atkins - The Future of Matter
Roger C. Schank - Are We Going to Get Smarter?
Jaron Lanier - The Complexity Ceiling
David Gelernter - Tapping Into the Beam
Joseph LeDoux - Mind, Brain, and Self
Judith Rich Harris - What Makes Us the Way We Are: The View from 2050
Samuel Barondes - Druge, DNA, and the Analyst's Couch
Nancy Etcoff - Brain Scans, Wearables, and Brief Encounters
Paul W. Ewald - Mastering Disease
John Brockman lives in New York City.