The Last Unknowns: Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe, the Mind, the Future of Civilization, and the Meaning of Life

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Will artistic invention enlighten the age of AI? Why is Homo sapiens the sole non-extinct species of hominin? Is immortality desirable? What new cognitive abilities will we need to live in a world of intelligent machines?

We all ask questions. On a date, on a job interview, at work, at play, at home. Children pepper you with them. Sit down and consider how many questions you answer on a given day, and how many you ask. Questions are an integral part of our lives. But what is THE question, the last question we will ask? What questions will matter to us in the future?

That’s the concept behind The Last Unknowns. The assembled cast of writers, scientists, professors, artists, philosophers, journalists, and other deep thinkers each have a question on their minds, and Brockman has collected them all in one place.

And in doing so, he has presented dozens of possible futures, dozens of ways things might unfold from this point forward, and every few pages, you’ll feel your mind expanding (and occasionally exploding) at the thoughts that these questions inspire. Questions you might ask yourself sit alongside questions you never realized need answering.

The limits of our understanding have never been more intriguing or more elusive than in The Last Unknown.


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Author John Brockman
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date 2019-06-04
ISBN 9780062897947
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Issue August 2019
Category Science & Nature
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