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From Trump to climate change, this multiheaded crisis presages collapse. And there’s no hope of exiting the ‘other side’ if political alternatives are shut down Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list…
November 29 2016, 12:16am | Comments
November 20 2016, 8:53am | Comments
The Holocene is dead; welcome to the Anthropocene. Once a controversial stance, the notion that human activities have altered planetary geology adequately enough to warrant the demarcation of another epoch has more traction than the Mars Rover.
November 4 2016, 7:07am | Comments
October 26 2016, 10:12am | Comments
Through the past few decades of summer blockbuster movies and Silicon Valley products, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly familiar and sexy, and imbued with a perversely dystopian allure.
October 23 2016, 4:56am | Comments
In his 1971 novella The Futurological Congress, the Polish science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem describes a group of futurologists who have gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Rica to stave off planetary disaster.
September 14 2016, 7:50am | Comments
Consider a wanderer 10,000 years in the future discovering a strange construction of granite thorns in the New Mexico desert, their points weathered by centuries, their shadows stretching at sinister angles.
September 7 2016, 11:14am | Comments
The US wants to press ahead with asteroid mining, but rights to the riches buried in space are a grey area. How should we draw up rules for harvesting the heavens? “MAGNIFICENT desolation.
July 12 2016, 1:01pm | Comments
If the transhumanists have their way, technology will, slowly but surely, erase metaphorical and physical borders.
June 23 2016, 4:37pm | Comments
Jason Ray thinks the culture of “disaster prepping” is misunderstood.
June 18 2016, 7:38am | Comments
Billions of years in the future, the Time Traveller stands before a dark ocean, beneath a bloated red sun. The beach is dappled with lichen and ice. The huge crabs and insects which menaced him on his visit…
June 15 2016, 5:00pm | Comments
Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about transhumanism. Need a primer? Catch up here. Charles T. Rubin is author of “Eclipse of…
Benjamin Bratton on Speculative Design, an alternative to mainstream Design that complicates the speculative models that underscore our global economy.
Leaving planet Earth isn’t easy. This year, NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program received a record 18,000-plus applications from highly qualified scientists bent on discovering space’s deep abyss. It will choose a handful, if that.
May 9 2016, 1:16am | Comments
Artificial Intelligence is starting to turn invisible from the outside in — and vice versa. The exact effects and workings of AI technologies are becoming more challenging to perceive and comprehend for humans. Even the experts themselves don’t always…
April 20 2016, 7:43am | Comments
Bringing children into a disintegrating environment used to be a theoretical fear. Now it’s a very real one The decision whether or not to have a child is one of the bigger ones a person will make in…
April 17 2016, 6:02am | Comments
Chris Bishop fears concern over Terminator-style scenarios could deprive humanity of one of the most powerful technologies ever created The promise of artificial intelligence could be lost to humanity because people fear Terminator-style robots and other doomsday scenarios,…
The librarian was nondescript in the way that everyone standing behind a counter is, probably in her 30s, with straight, fox-colored hair.
March 29 2016, 2:35pm | Comments
What makes us different from all these things? What makes us different is the particulars of our history, which gives us our notions of purpose and goals.
March 17 2016, 5:05pm | Comments
Sometimes this failure of prediction is even science fiction's explicit subject. In Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series, for instance, a brilliant mathematician devises a method of calculating historical probabilities.
February 16 2016, 8:17am | Comments
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