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Category: Futures

China marches on towards 4th Industrial Revolution

Pundit predictions of China’s demise are the latest self-consoling illusions of a lazy elite who can’t see the AI writing on the wall. A generation from now, the Chinese won’t remember the misery of Ant […]

All Possible Views about Humanity’s Future are Wild

Holden Karnofsky argues that it’s “wild” to think we’re assured of never spreading throughout the galaxy, but also that it’s “wild” to think that we have a decent chance of spreading throughout the galaxy. In […]

China Plans ‘Ultra-Large Spacecraft’ Spanning Miles

The National Natural Science Foundation of China has called on scientists to join a five-year project to study the mechanics of an “ultra-large spacecraft spanning kilometres”. “[Such a spacecraft] is a major strategic aerospace equipment […]

What’s Next for Lab-Grown Human Embryos?

Researchers are now permitted to grow human embryos in the lab for longer than 14 days. Here’s what they could learn. In May, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) released new guidelines1 that […]

An Impending “Intelligence Explosion”

In this century, humanity is predicted to undergo a transformative experience, the likes of which have not been seen since we first began to speak, fashion tools, and plant crops. This experience goes by various […]

“A Robot is Just a Tesla Without Wheels”

After a dense presentation about the undeniably impressive work Tesla is doing with AI, Elon Musk capped the evening by bringing out a dancer in a spandex suit. Behold, said Musk: my Tesla Bot. Even […]

China Plans Crewed Mission to Mars in 2033

China is planning regular crewed missions to the Red Planet and wants to build a base there. China plans to send its first crewed mission to Mars in 2033 as it continues to boost its […]

Fake Humans Herald a New Age in AI

Firms like Datagen offer an alternative to the expensive, time-consuming process of gathering real-world data. They will make it for you. Once viewed as less desirable than real data, synthetic data is now seen by […]

Bezos, Musk and Branson Scramble for Space Supremacy

Experts say three billionaires have upended the traditional model for human spaceflight and are shaping a thriving new era. It was a week in which two space-faring billionaires tussled again in their futuristic game of […]

Advertisers are Coming for Your Dreams

A group of 40 dream researchers have released an online letter, calling for the regulation of commercial dream manipulation. “People are particularly vulnerable [to suggestion] when asleep,” says Adam Haar, a cognitive scientist and Ph.D. […]

What Can I Be Hopeful About in the 2020s?

It’s difficult to avoid pessimism in a lethargic, shell-shocked, post-pandemic world. So I turned to the experts. We’re only at the beginning of a strange and demanding decade. Should we—can we—be hopeful? Here’s what they […]

The Profound Potential of SpaceX’s Starship

Robert Zubrin describes just how transformative, and how profound, Starship could prove to be to our future in space, and to our understanding of life. I’ve been in this business for a decent chunk of […]

Inside Microsoft’s Quantum Race

What is Microsoft actually up to in the quantum computing space, how did it get to where it is today, and what’s next for the firm? Microsoft’s investment in quantum goes way back – long […]

Blue Origin Opens Auction for Space Trip

The US aerospace company Blue Origin announced that it will be offering one seat on the first NewShepard flight to the winning bidder of an online auction. Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is aiming […]

Get Your Free Ticket to the Moon

Japanese billionaire who bought tickets on SpaceX’s Starship announces 8 seats are up for grabs. Yusaku Maezawa, the billionaire Japanese fashion CEO who paid big bucks to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the first seats on […]

Space Development Futures

How do we go about crafting a spacefaring civilization? Nick Nielsen has been exploring the issues involved in terms of the choices cultures make and their conception of their future. Some years ago I wrote […]

The Plan to Rear Fish on the Moon

Researchers in France are testing which fish eggs are best suited to being launched to the moon. Cyrille Przybyla, an aquaculture researcher at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, dreams of designing […]

A New Era of Space Startups

As Blue Origin and SpaceX democratize access to space, small companies will get to explore an array of promising new ideas that lie beyond planet Earth. Before space became a frontier for innovation and development […]

Blue Origin to Launch Tourists into Space within Months

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s sustainable space exploration company Blue Origin could be taking people off-Earth by summer 2021. According the recent reports, Blue Origin – the space exploration company owned by Jeff Bezos – could […]

Jeff Bezos to Focus on Private Space Travel

Jeff Bezos said the decision to step down was based in part on his desire to focus on Blue Origin, his private space company. “As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives […]

Terraforming Ceres

Ditch the Red Planet and build a gargantuan floating habitat around the dwarf planet Ceres instead. In a yet to be peer-reviewed paper, astrophysicist Pekka Janhunen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki describes his […]

We Need a New Media System

If you sell culture war all day, don’t be surprised by the real-world consequences. The moment a group of people stormed the Capitol building last Wednesday, news companies began the process of sorting and commoditizing […]

2020 is When Private Spaceflight just Got Started

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a landmark year for the commercial space industry. SpaceX became the first company ever to send humans to space aboard a privately owned spacecraft. The US government continued to work […]

Microsoft Files Patent to Create Chatbots from the Dead

The patent, “Creating a Conversational Chatbot of a Specific Person,” filed last week by Microsoft might sound relatively innocuous, and it probably is, to a certain extent. “In aspects, social data (e.g., images, voice data, […]

China’s Radical New Vision of Globalization

While the world was distracted by the drama of the U.S. presidential election, Xi quietly unveiled an economic strategy fit for a new Cold War. Back in August, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with a […]

What Futurists Expect to See in the Future

BuzzFeed connected with some of the world’s leading futurists and asked them to forecast what the years to come might bring. Synthetic biology — a new engineering approach to biology that lets us redesign cells […]

Lab-Grown Meat to go On Sale for the First Time

Singapore’s approval of chicken cells grown in bioreactors is seen as landmark moment across industry. The “chicken bites”, produced by the US company Eat Just, have passed a safety review by the Singapore Food Agency […]

How Can We Make Remote Learning Better?

Nilay Patel talks with Sal Khan, the co-founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online learning platform for students in kindergarten through higher education. Sal and I talked about the future of learning, what […]