We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say
A map of Earth in 2100 reveals where livelihoods are at stake due to climate change—and what people are doing to prepare for that future
This package includes the current issue of Scientific American on the future of humanity, an issue from our archive on the future of the human brain, plus a seven-part feature on the future of science
Quality of life on an increasingly crowded planet depends on decisions made today
Scientific American took to the streets of New York City and asked passersby what they thought the future would hold. If it is as these people imagine, 500 years from now our world will look very different than it does today.
If we do it right, we could become a long-term stabilizing force for the planet
Drugs already in trials could significantly extend healthy human life spans
A spiral of slow growth and rent-seeking by powerful interests pose a danger to democracy
Our species is transforming itself and the world. How will it work out?
Our influence is written in the geologic strata
The short version: It’s impossible to do
A map based on new data reveals where climate change threatens peoples’ ways of life—and what they are doing to prepare for the future
Uploading your brain into a computer is probably impossible. But for sake of argument: What would you do if it weren’t?