Despite these trail-blazers, not much has changed since then; a startling number of so-called 'intellectuals' remain grossly ignorant of pending technologies and the revealing sciences (the postmodernists immediately come to mind). Today's intelligentsia, in order to qualify for such a designation, must have the requisite vocabulary with which to address valid social concerns and effectively assess the future.
Here is a list of must-know terms (there are many, many more, but these are IMO the most critical and fundamental):
Please let me know if you feel I have left something out, or if you believe something does not belong on this list. For example, I wanted to mention advanced weapons, but that seems awfully vague. In particular, I'm thinking of autonomous robotic soldiers, neuro-weapons, advanced non-lethal weapons, and non-human decision making on the battlefield. Also, I would have liked to mention something about how consciousness is still a hard problem in science, but I'm not sure how I could encapsulate that in a simple term.
accelerating change artificial general intelligence augmented reality automation cosmological eschatology existential risks Fermi Paradox friendly AI human enhancement human exceptionalism (aka human racism) information theoretic death memetic engineering mind transfer (aka 'uploading') molecular assembler engineered negligible senescence non-anthropocentric personhood neural interface device open source participatory panopticon political globalization post-scarcity economy postbiological organism posthuman quantum computation radical Luddism remedial ecology self-improving and autopotent intelligence self-replicating device substrate chauvinism Simulation Argument Singularity superintelligence ubiquitous surveillance uplift virtual reality