We have changed the world irrevocably and may soon transform ourselves as a species. Here's a status report on the human experiment. In this special magazine bundle, enjoy the latest issue of Scientific American magazine that attempts to answer the biggest questions facing the human race. Plus, dig into an issue of Scientific American MIND on the future of brain health. Finally, read what the experts think will happen to science in the next 50, 100 and 150 years.
The Future in 9 Big Questions
How smart are we? We changed the world irrevocable and may soon transform ourselves as a species. Here's a status report on the human experiment.
- A History in Layers
What mark will we leave on the planet?
By Jan Zalasiewicz
- Coping Skills
Will climate change us?
By Katie Peek
- A Tale of Two Worlds
Who will be the winners and losers in an increasingly crowded world?
By Mara Hvistendahl
- The Threat of Inequality
Can civil society endure extreme economic disparity?
By Angus Deaton
- The Red Line
Will we learn to control our genetic destinies?
By Stephen S. Hall
- Living to 120
Can we defeat aging?
By Bill Gifford
- All Too Human
Would we want to live forever (if we could)?
By Hillary Rosner
- Deep Time, Deep Survival
How long will our species last?
By David Grinspoon
- The Great Unknown
Can we trust our own predictions?
By Kin Stanley Robinson
The Future You
What's Next in Brain Health
- The Future of the Brain: An Introduction
What's next in brain health and enhancement
By The Editors
- Decoding the Brain
New technologies are extracting detailed data from our brains that reveal what we know, have seen or have dreamed. Some of the signals could even fly a plane
By Larry Greenemeier
- Virtual Assault
Cyberbullies take advantage of the unique psychology of online communities to attack, intimidate and hurt others. Here is what makes trolls tick— and how to stop them
By Elizabeth Svoboda
- Cyborg Confidential
Hooking the brain up to a computer can do more than let the severely disabled move arti¬ficial limbs. It is also revealing the secrets of how we learn
By Sandra Upson
- Let There Be Light
By engineering brain cells to switch on or off in response to light, scientists are unlocking the mysteries of the mind and crafting new remedies for brain disorders
By Edward S. Boyden
- A Digital Safety Net
People are increasingly broadcasting symptoms of mental illness on social media. We should listen
By Roni Jacobson
- When Two Brains Connect
The dawn of human brain-to-brain communication has arrived
By Rajesh P. N. Rao and Andrea Stocco
- Your Electric Pharmacy
Future medications for brain disorders could be delivered through electrodes rather than pills
By Marom Bikson and Peter Toshev
The Future of Science: 50, 100 and 150 Years From Now
Scientific American asked leading scientists and science writers to look forward to what the world will be like in the years 2063, 2113 and 2163, and tell us what role science and technology will play in our future
- A Drone in Every Driveway
The only way to bring flying cars to the masses is to leave the flying to the car
By Mary Cummings
- The Nuclear Question
If the world can’t manage to cast off the ultimate weapons by the middle of the century, we may face extinction
By Ron Rosenbaum
- A Cure for What Ails You
Gene therapy, once off to a rocky start, transforms medicine by getting at the root cause of many diseases
By Ricki Lewis
- A Tsunami of Extinction
By the next century lions, tigers and other marquee species will be gone or confined to zoos
By Thomas Lovejoy
- The Fate of An Engineered Planet
Solar engineering and other exceptionally ambitious new technologies to deal with the reality of rising global temperatures come riddled with uncertainties. To illustrate how complex the problem is and what kind of challenges lie ahead, here are three contrasting, and somewhat fantastical, scenarios
By David W. Keith and Andy Parker
- A Bold and Foolish Effort to Predict the Future of Computing
What today’s prophets of technology say about the day after tomorrow
By Ed Regis
- Starship Humanity
How future generations will make the voyage from our earthly home to the planets and beyond—and what it means for our species
By Cameron M. Smith