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Video/Space Exploration

A tour of Mars assembled from NASA images reveals a wondrous but uninviting planet

5 minutes


Everything you always wanted to know about sex in space

4 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

Video/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

The case for making our homes out of trash – tradition and culture be damned

7 minutes

Idea/Technology & the Self

Why upgrading your brain could make you less human

Michael Bess


Future tension

Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?

Anthony Sudbery

Video/Space Exploration

Could we make a home on Mars? It would be a very unique psychological situation

3 minutes

Video/History of Science

Science doesn’t rely on luck, but success in science can’t do without it

5 minutes

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene

Huw Price

Video/Space Exploration

Imagine alien signals are detected. Here’s what happens next

3 minutes

Video/The Future

Could the weirdest solution to the problem of nuclear waste also be the best?

14 minutes

Video/The Future

Is the Global Seed Vault in Norway humanity’s last, best hope?

4 minutes

Essay/Nature & Environment

Who owns the earth?

Private land ownership is a beautiful dream gone badly wrong. It’s time to reinstate the forgotten ideal of the commons

Antonia Malchik

Essay/Earth Science


Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future

Edward O Wilson

Idea/The Future

The buildings of the future will keep rearranging themselves

Darran Anderson


Making the cut

In gene editing, the genetic code now has a workable text editor. Will this mean Ctrl+X for disease and Ctrl+V for talent?

John Parrington

Video/Philosophy of Science

Our existence is both cosmically trivial and linked to everything that ever was

7 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Why saving the world’s poorest children helps curb global population growth

4 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

Perfect genetic knowledge

Human genomics is just the start: the Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?

Dawn Field

Essay/Architecture & Landscape

Desert utopia

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community

Jared Keller


The robots are coming… for our jobs! Why the human workforce is at risk

15 minutes

Essay/Automation & Robotics

How to design the future

As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want

Jon Turney

Essay/Data & Information

Fast-world values

For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Judy Wajcman

Video/Demography & Migration

Is predicting population growth over the next century within the experts’ reach?

2 minutes

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Scorched Earth, 2200AD

Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive?

Linda Marsa

Essay/Automation & Robotics


Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?

David Z Morris


A fault in our design

We tend to think that technological progress is making us more resilient, but it might be making us more vulnerable

Colin Dickey


Mixed messages

Our latest message to ET could be full of LOLcats and celebs. We should try to do better, or keep quiet altogether

Sarah Scoles

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talk like an Egyptian

If we want to safeguard our languages, stories and ideas against extinction, we had better study Egyptology

Grayson Clary


Future perfect

Social progress, high-speed transport and electricity everywhere – how the Victorians invented the future

Iwan Rhys Morus