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- The Next Fifty Years, Science in the First Half of the Twenty-first Century


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Scientists love to speculate about the direction research and technology will take us, and editor John Brockman has given a stellar panel free rein to imagine the future in The Next Fifty Years. From brain-swapping and the hunt for extraterrestrials to the genetic elimination of unhappiness and a new scientific morality, the ideas in this book are wild and thought-provoking. The list of scientists and thinkers who participate is impressive: Lee Smolin and Martin Rees on cosmology; Ian Stewart on mathematics; and Richard Dawkins and Paul Davies on the life sciences, just to name a few. Many of the authors remind readers that science has changed a lot since the blind optimism of the early 20th century, and they are unanimously aware of the potential consequences of the developments they describe. Fifty years is a long time in the information age, and these essays do a credible and entertaining job of guessing where we're going.
A brilliant ensemble of the worlds most visionary scientists provides 25 original never-before-published essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our lifetimes.Theoretical physicist and best selling 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, genetically 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.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. Includes original essays by: Lee Smolin, Martin Rees, Ian Stewart, Brian Goodwin, Marc D. Hauser, Alison Gopnik, Paul Bloom, Geoffrey Miller, Robert M. Sapolsky, Steven Strogatz, Stuart Kauffman, John H. Holland, Rodney Brooks, Peter Atkins, Roger C. Schank, Jaron Lanier, David Gelernter, Joseph LeDoux, Judith Rich Harris, Samuel Barondes, and Paul W. Ewald.
Edited by John Brockman
Size: 92mb
Format: Mp3, 24kbps!
Narrator: Henry Leyva, Jennifer Wiltsie, Oliver Wyman, Simon Prebble
Running Time: 8 hours, 56 minutes

Lee Smolin.The Future of the Nature of the Universe
Martin J. Rees.Cosmological Challenges: Are We Alone, and Where?
Ian Stewart. The Mathematics of 2050
Brian C. Goodwin.In the Shadow of Culture
Marc D. Hauser. Swappable Minds
Alison Gopnik. What Children will Teach Scientists
Paul Bloom.Towards a Theory of Moral Development
Geoffrey F. Miller.The Science of Subtlety
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.The Future of Happiness?
Robert M. Sapolsky.Will We Still be Sad Fifty Years from Now?
Steven H. Strogatz. Fermis Little Discovery and the Future of Chaos and Complexity Theory
Stuart A. Kauffman. What is Life?
Richard Dawkins. Son of Moores Law. 2002
The ever-increasing cheapness of sequencing genomes, and what it might lead to.
Paul C. W. Davies. Was there a Second Genesis?
John Henry Holland. What is to Come and How to Predict It
Rodney A. Brooks. The Merger of Flesh and Machines
Peter W. 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 E. LeDoux. Mind, Brain, and Self
Judith Rich Harris. What Makes Us the Way We Are: the View from 2050
Samuel H. Barondes. Drugs, DNA, and the Analysts Couch
Nancy Etcoff. Brain Scans, Wearables, and Brief Encounters
Paul W. Ewald. Mastering Disease

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