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  • 1st stage, deposit of an hypothesis (left menu, 'Submit an hypothesis'): You start by formulating an hypothesis by proposing several possible opinions (from 2 to 5 possible alternatives corresponding to several levels of truth: true, false, other...). This question and the choices will be submitted to the other scientists/technicians/engineers/experts so that they deliver their opinion. You will have to also indicate a final date or expiration date from which the hypothesis will be closed and will be subjected to checking. This date should not be with less than 12 hours of the moment present. Lastly, you will indicate a method of checking in order to help the members to give the definitive validation of the hypothesis. This method will be able to make use of several links Internet pointing on sites of which you know that they will contain useful information on the hypothesis.
  • 2nd stage, deposit of an opinion (on a card, 'Give my opinions to this hypothesis'): Once an hypothesis is deposited, it is necessary to answer it. You can of course answer the hypothesis which you deposited with stage 1 but also those posed by other Net surfers. You give your opinion on the future truth value while answering the question. You will be able to bring justifications in the form of text but also in the forms of links Internet to affirm your opinion.
    At the time when the hypothesis reaches its expiration date, adding an opinion becomes impossible. It is then necessary to validate the real answer, that which occurred in the facts and which can be different from the opinions of the members!
  • 3rd stage, validation (on a card of question, 'Validate the hypothesis'): With the same manner that you could enter your opinions, you can now validate the real, final answer of the hypothesis on the basis of scientific proofs you have. To help you there, the member who had initially raised the hypothesis may have proposed a method of validation and prepared useful links. Lastly, you will be able to enter of the justifications and comments for your choice.
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Top-10 Most debated hypotheses

1. Technological singularity : Stephen Hawking recently evoked the hypothesis that robots could end the humanity. What could we expect if artificial intelligence outperforms human intelligence? 6 votes

2. Religions: religious beliefs are often associated with a high degree of anthropocentrism. Which discipline will provide the first proof against human-centered view of the world, and consequently religions? 6 votes

3. The multiverse (meta-universes) theories will gain support among cosmologists in the future as it is still debated. 5 votes

4. One of the following vocal assistant will be the first computer program to pass the Turing test without any human help. 5 votes

5. Superior temporal gyrus activation elicited by social visual stimuli with intentional contents (theory of mind) is under strong top-down influences ? 4 votes

6. To emerge the phenomenon of consciousness relies on quantum physics specifically, i.e. theories that do not involve quantum phenomenon cannot account for all mind-matter relationships. 3 votes

7. What will be the most ancient fossils of hominid that will be discovered in the future? 2 votes

8. Virtual psychiatrists will be designed to assess and educate chronic mental disordered patients. These virtual clinicians may be preferred by patients with complex social cognitive disorders. 2 votes

9. Voynich: The Voynich manuscript secret will be uncovered. The source language is: 2 votes

10. Artificial intelligence: the development of AI decision and the possibility given to AIs to hold properties will lead to the dispossession by humans of any forms of belongings 2 votes

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