Intelligence: a history
Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots
Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?
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
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future
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?
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?
It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community
How to design the future
As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want
For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?
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?
Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?
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
Our latest message to ET could be full of LOLcats and celebs. We should try to do better, or keep quiet altogether
Talk like an Egyptian
If we want to safeguard our languages, stories and ideas against extinction, we had better study Egyptology
Social progress, high-speed transport and electricity everywhere – how the Victorians invented the future