© 2016

How Should Humanity Steer the Future?

  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Anthony Aguirre, Brendan Foster, Zeeya Merali
    Pages 1-4
  3. Sabine Hossenfelder
    Pages 5-14
  4. Tommaso Bolognesi
    Pages 15-26
  5. Daniel Dewey
    Pages 27-36
  6. Preston Estep, Alexander Hoekstra
    Pages 37-47
  7. Dean Rickles
    Pages 49-59
  8. Tejinder Singh
    Pages 71-83
  9. Jonathan J. Dickau
    Pages 97-111
  10. Mohammed M. Khalil
    Pages 113-126
  11. George Gantz
    Pages 135-144
  12. Flavio Mercati
    Pages 145-157
  13. Georgina Parry
    Pages 159-169
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 171-175

About this book


The fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth. Their authors address, in accessible language, issues as diverse as: enabling our social systems to learn; research in biological engineering and artificial intelligence; mending and enhancing minds; improving the way we do, and teach, science; living in the here and now; and the value of play.
The essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries submitted to the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) essay competition in 2014. FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.


Award-winning Essays Environmental and Ecological Issues FQXi Essays Future of Humanity Humans on Earth Information Availability and Security Making a Better Future Optimizing Progress Science Education Steering the Future Transhumanism and Posthumanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Aguirre
    • 1
  • Brendan Foster
    • 2
  • Zeeya Merali
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Foundational Questions InstituteNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Foundational Questions InstituteNew YorkUSA

About the editors

Anthony Aguirre
Brendan Foster
Zeeya Merali

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