Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidateWe talk about drought-resistant seeds, and I’ve promoted them all over Africa. By definition, they have been engineered to be drought-resistant, I mean that’s the beauty of them. Maybe somebody can get their harvest done and not starve, and maybe there’s some left over to sell.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress, singer, and food writerThe science is still inconclusive about GMOs and there are arguments that they could possibly be harmful and they could be possibly be incredibly beneficial and drought-resistant and have extra nutrition. But at this point we just don’t know.
Judy Chevalier, Professor of Finance and Economics at Yale University
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoThe current programs, while having incentive issues and other flaws, disproportionately focus on children and the elderly.
Caroline Hoxby, Professor of economics at Stanford University
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoEven if the $13K # came from coherent theory/evidence (which it does NOT), this ignores all tagging logic of social insurance/optimal tax.
Kenneth Judd, Computational economist at Stanford University
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quo13K is inadequate for anyone with no other income. Some people eligible for welfare choose to not apply, making this proposal unnecessary.
Jonathan Levin, Professor of Economics at Stanford University
WiIlliam Nordhaus, Professor of economics at Yale University
Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.More than 120 retired generals and admirals recently wrote a letter to Congress arguing that U.S. aid programs are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.
Steven Kaplan, Professor of economics at University of Chicago
agrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoUBI is a step in the right direction, but very complicated. Devil would be in details. So, lots of uncertainty.
disagrees Assault weapons should be bannedBecause these guns are really just ordinary rifles, it is hard for legislators to effectively regulate them without banning half the handguns in the country (those that are semiautomatic and/or have detachable magazines) and many hunting rifles as well.
Will Steffen, Former executive director of the Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change InstituteImpact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds (170x) that of natural events spread across millennia
Hanna Rosin, American author and writerThe Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men
David Bailey, Car industry expert and Professor at Aston UniversityThere are clearly complex issues around having both types of cars on the road. How can you programme a car to edge out into traffic as a human would do or flash its lights to signal it is letting another car in?
Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography at King's College LondonThe world would be better off fighting the consequences of climate change - hunger, storm damage and disease - rather than spending billions of pounds trying to stabilise CO2 emissions across the planet
Roger Pielke Jr., American political scientist and Professor at the University of Colorado BoulderAccording to the authors, “climate policy makers continue to focus on energy policy as the primary means to address future climate impacts. The approach is simply doomed to fail. Why has the idea of adaptation been so neglected?
Stephen Schneider, Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford UniversityYou can't adapt to melting the Greenland ice sheet. You can't adapt to species that have gone extinct
The Economist, Weekly magazine-format newspaperGlobal action is not going to stop climate change. The world needs to look harder at how to live with it
Patrick Moore, Canadian activist, Greenpeace co-founderThe fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming
The warming, it had already started by the 1930s. That's when there were no such anthropological factors, such emissions, and the warming had already started.
Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in HuntsvilleI think it is more likely that the warming is mostly natural. At the very least, we have no way of determining what proportion is natural versus human-caused.
Tom Harris, Executive director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalitionhe current state of “climate change” science is quite clear: There is essentially zero evidence that carbon dioxide from human activities is causing catastrophic climate change
David Bellamy, English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist
disagrees Climate change is realFor the last 16 years, temperatures have been going down and the carbon dioxide has been going up and the crops have got greener and grow quicker. We’ve done plenty to smash up the planet, but there’s been no global warming caused by man
Lennart Bengtsson, Swedish meteorologist"The problem we have now in the scientific community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of climate activist
Stephen Omohundro, Scientist, Self-Aware Systems; Co-founder, Center for Complex Systems ResearchOmohundro’s research concludes that the drives of superintelligent machines will be on a collision course with our own, unless we design them very carefully.
David McAllester, Professor and Chief Academic Officer at the Toyota Technological Institute at ChicagoThe Singularity would enable machines to become infinitely intelligent, and would pose an ‘incredibly dangerous scenario’, he says.
Hans Moravec, Former professor at the Robotics Institute of CMU, and founder of the SeeGrid CorporationHe states that by the end of this process “the immensities of cyberspace will be teeming with unhuman superminds, engaged in affairs that are to human concerns as ours are to those of bacteria”
Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London, and Research Scientist at DeepMindThe singularity presents both an existential threat to humanity and an existential opportunity for humanity to transcend its limitations. Shanahan makes it clear that we need to imagine both possibilities if we want to bring about the better outcome.
Marcus Hutter, Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at Australian National UniversityWay before the singularity, even when setting up a virtual society in our imagine, there are likely some immediate difference, for example that the value of an individual life suddenly drops, with drastic consequences.
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