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Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Adolfo Plasencia


The place of discovery and generation of human knowledge has become a somewhat fuzzy area, and it is at the crossroads of equally blurred disciplines where new glimpses of the future occur. This book looks at these issues through a series of interconnected and heterodox reflections. It is much more a book of non-linear questions than one of answers, where the index consists of a list of questions with those who address the issues linked to them. In 33 dialogues, the author attempts to draw the participants, researchers and creators—each specialists—out of their “intellectual comfort zones”, an ... More

Keywords: Physical World, Intelligence, Neurons, Galaxies, Cross-fertilization, AI, Discovery and Invention, Multidimensional and primordial universe, Third culture, Provocative questions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adolfo Plasencia, author

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1 Quantum Physics Takes Free Will into Account

Ignacio Cirac and Adolfo Plasencia

3 For Exoplanets, Anything Is Possible

Sara Seager and Adolfo Plasencia

5 The Challenge of Climate Change

Mario J. Molina and Adolfo Plasencia

6 Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and Adolfo Plasencia

8 Wisdom Hewn in Ancient Stones

John Ochsendorf and Adolfo Plasencia

10 Looking Forward in Architecture by Looking Back

Yung Ho Chang and Adolfo Plasencia

11 The Seamless Coupling of Bits and Atoms

Hiroshi Ishii and Adolfo Plasencia

12 Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

Henry Jenkins and Adolfo Plasencia

15 We Need Algorithms That Can Make Explicit What Is Implicit

Bernardo Cuenca Grau and Adolfo Plasencia

16 The Emergence of a Nonbiological Intelligence

Michail Bletsas and Adolfo Plasencia

20 Encryption as a Human Right

David Casacuberta and Adolfo Plasencia

22 The Free Software Paradigm and the Hacker Ethic

Richard Stallman and Adolfo Plasencia

23 “Affective Computing” Is Not an Oxymoron

Rosalind W. Picard and Adolfo Plasencia

24 Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Alvaro Pascual-Leone and Adolfo Plasencia

26 Mind over Matter: Brain-Machine Interfaces

Jose M. Carmena and Adolfo Plasencia

27 We Want Robots to See and Understand the World

Antonio Torralba and Adolfo Plasencia

29 There Will Be No End of Work

Paul Osterman and Adolfo Plasencia

30 A Smart Mob Is Not Necessarily a Wise Mob

Howard Rheingold and Adolfo Plasencia

31 Measuring the Intelligence of Everything

José Hernández-Orallo and Adolfo Plasencia

32 Touching the Soul of Michelangelo

Gianluigi Colalucci and Adolfo Plasencia