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...
The Human Experiment
Our species is transforming itself and the world. How will it work out?
The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth
Our influence is written in the geologic strata
What Life Will Be Like on a Much Warmer Planet
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
1 World, 10 Billion People: Who Thrives, and Who Falls Behind?
Quality of life on an increasingly crowded planet depends on decisions made today
How Inequality Threatens Civil Society
A spiral of slow growth and rent-seeking by powerful interests pose a danger to democracy
Does Aging Have an Off Switch?
Drugs already in trials could significantly extend healthy human life spans
Would You Live Forever (If You Could)?
Uploading your brain into a computer is probably impossible. But for sake of argument: What would you do if it weren’t?
Can Humans Outsmart Extinction?
If we do it right, we could become a long-term stabilizing force for the planet
What a Science Fiction Writer Knows about Predicting the Future
The short version: It’s impossible to do