The Year in Ideas: 2015

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This year, humanity dared to take bold steps forward.

In the next generation of space telescopes, we will have the capability to find and identify other Earths.
Sara Seager

We designed a brave new world...straight out of science fiction.

An old mouse that gets young blood looks younger and functions younger in its brain.
Tony Wyss-Coray

And imagined an even stranger future.

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Neri Oxman

Design at the intersection of technology and biology

We witnessed the future of human and machine.

What if our devices could sense how we felt and react accordingly, just the way an emotionally intelligent friend would?
Rana el-Kaliouby

And wrestled with the dark side of technology.

There is a very personal price to public humiliation, and the growth of the Internet has jacked up that price.
Monica Lewinsky
Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.
Nick Bostrom

We fought for our right to equality and dignity.

When we say that black lives matter, it’s not because others don’t. It’s simply because we must affirm that we are worthy of existing without fear.
Clint Smith
If you are fleeing a war zone, a better life is a life in safety. It’s a life in dignity.
Anders Fjellberg

Examined why inequality is so persistent.

Any conversation about global poverty that doesn’t include the problem of violence must be deemed not serious.
Gary Haugen

And learned that change demands we work together.

We won’t solve our problems if we expect them to be solved by a few supermen or superwomen. Now we need everybody.
Margaret Heffernan

We celebrated the complexity of human connection.

Some affairs are death knells for relationships that were already dying on the vine, but others will jolt us into new possibilities.
Esther Perel
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety; the opposite of addiction is connection.
Johann Hari

And embraced life in all its messy, terrifying glory.

I am asking we make space -- physical, psychic room -- to allow life to play itself all the way out.
BJ Miller
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BJ Miller

What really matters at the end of life

Most important, we took the time to listen.

There are two most powerful days in your life: the day you’re born, and the day you discover why.
Boniface Mwangi
Every life, every single life, matters equally and infinitely.
Dave Isay

What will we accomplish in 2016?