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Roberto Unger

Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Robbie Diamond

Founder, President, and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy
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Willy Shih

Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Teddy Goff

Co-Founder and Partner, Precision Strategies
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Terry Young

Founder and CEO, Sparks & Honey
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Ramez Naam

Technologist and Author
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Henry-Alex Rubin

Filmmaker
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Erica Birmingham

Founder, Canopy New York
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Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox

Co-founders, Matterform
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Teddy Hunt

Big Think Contributor
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Kas Thomas

Big Think Contributor
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Raghava KK

Artist
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Kenneth Cukier

Data Editor, The Economist
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Michael Kirven

Founder & CEO, Mondo
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David Edelman

Partner, McKinsey & Company
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Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Co-authors, Fabricated
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Eric Siegel

Founder, Predictive Analytics World
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Rick Smolan

CEO, Against All Odds Productions and Former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic Photographer
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Lawrence M. Krauss

Director, Arizona State University Origins Initiative
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Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist
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Tony Tjan

Managing Partner, Cue Ball Capital
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Anonymous, Irreverent Science Writer
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Exploration Day USA

We The People Petition to Rededicate Columbus Day to Exploration Day
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Julia Galef

President, Center For Applied Rationality
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Errol Morris

Film director
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Jeff DeGraff

Dean of Innovation
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John Seely Brown

Chief of Confusion
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Dave Glass & Kill Cooper

Founder and Art Director, Hungry Castle