With the new year comes new resolutions, and new questions, including the new Edge.org question. The science super-hero club house that brought you dangerous ideas in 2006 wants to bring you optimism in 2007.
Google Earth can stop wars or that Malthus was wrong? What are you optimistic about this January? Give us your own concise responses to this year’s question.
As an activity, as a state of mind, science is fundamentally optimistic. Science figures out how things work and thus can make them work better. Much of the news is either good news or news that can be made good, thanks to ever deepening knowledge and ever more efficient and powerful tools and techniques. Science, on its frontiers, poses more and ever better questions, ever better put.What are you optimistic about? Why? Surprise Us!
CEO, BiotechonomyFounding Director, Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences ProjectAuthor, The Untied States of America
Professor of Psychology, Harvard UniversityAuthor of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate, among many others
Social & Technology Network Topology ResearcherAdjunct Professor, NYU Graduate School of Interactive Telecommunications Program
Open Source Programs Manager, Google Inc.Editor, Open Sources: Voices From the Open Source Software Revolution
Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Princeton UniversityCo-author, Endless Universe: A New History of the Cosmos
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Juan Enriquez, A Knowledge Driven Economy Allows Individuals to Lead Millions Out of Poverty In a Single Generation, The Edge Annual Question 2007, EdgeSteven Pinker, The Decline of Violence, The Edge Annual Question 2007, EdgeClay Shirky, Evidence, The Edge Annual Question 2007, EdgeChris DiBona, Widely Available, Constantly Renewing, High Resolution Images of the Earth Will End Conflict and Ecological Devastation As We Know It, The Edge Annual Question 2007, EdgePaul Steinhardt, Bullish on Cosmology, The Edge Annual Question 2007, EdgeJames O’Donnell, Scientific Discoveries Are Surprisingly Durable, The Edge Annual Question 2007, Edge