Humans of the Future
A vertical map might better represent a world dominated by China and determined by shipping routes across the iceless Arctic.
Population growth is driven by three changes: Fertility, mortality, and migration.
In the future, people may look back with horror at how humans treated AI in the 21st century.
The DART mission tested whether it's possible to deflect an asteroid by crashing something into it.
Humanity is poised to pass the 8 billion milestone mid-November, but population growth is actually slowing down.
Three reasons why a radically better future is more likely than we think.
Our inaugural special issue is focused on progress — the search for, the study of, and the project towards a better world.
Or why I’m coming out as an impatient optimist.
Progress got derailed somewhere between indoor plumbing and the flying car. Why?
We asked 11 experts about the future of progress for humanity.
The Metaverse could be the most dangerous tool of persuasion humanity has ever created.
We will become billions of people who share a single vast intellect.
Short-termism is both rooted in our most primal instincts and encouraged by runaway technological development. How can we fight it?
Uploading your mind is not a pathway to immortality. Instead, it will create a possibly hostile digital doppelgänger.
Not too hot, not too cold...
A second Enlightenment would have a far bigger task: Saving civilization itself.
Proponents of transhumanism make big promises, such as a future in which we upload our minds into a supercomputer. But there is a fatal flaw in this argument: reductionism.
The costs of such an endeavor would be extremely high, while the potential payoffs would be uncertain.
Technology will not save the world, and it is inherently neither good nor bad. But, when tech is coupled to human virtue, good will prevail.
In the age of distraction, don't we all want to read faster and more efficiently?
Preventing scurvy is not just a problem in the Antarctic.
How can the law keep up with new genetic technology?
No ouija board required.
Equations that describe time travel are fully compatible and consistent with relativity — but physics is not mathematics.
If the metaverse is money, then companies will certainly want to play, too.
"I was part of the surgical team that conducted the first pig-to-human heart transplant in a living patient."
Future evolution: from looks to brains and personality, how will humans change in the next 10,000 years?
Discussions of human evolution are usually backward looking, as if the greatest triumphs and challenges were in the distant past.
The Kardashev scale ranks civilizations from Type 1 to Type 3 based on energy harvesting.
Altos Labs is an ambitious new anti-aging company with billions of dollars to back it up.
Water on Mars is key for human survival on the Red Planet, not just for drinking but for growing food and making fuel and oxygen.