It is possible that China will begin its democratisation in as little as 7 years. The majority of people dismiss the possibility of a Chinese democracy as unrealistic. However, through the study of global mega-trends, it seems likely that China will in fact be forced into awarding its citizens their political freedom.
The robot servant, capable of doing many of the things that we are – cleaning the house, making the dinner, and even bringing us breakfast in bed, then taking away and doing the dishes afterwards: Still seems like a dream right? Maybe only for another 15 years
Nationalism is thriving throughout the world, and its selfish ignorance will lead to our destruction. Here we explain why advancing technologies will lead to mass destruction, if we don’t learn to cooperate and realise that everything is everyone’s problem.
The transhumanist: What is the true definition, and what is its future? The transhuman future is one of mass complexity. What happens when people try to idealise that future? When they attempt to own its very definition?
The first reaction to the possibility of immortality: “We can’t become immortal – we will overpopulate”. This article proposes that the response should instead be, “Okay, then we need to make sure we are prepared for the increasing population”.
We must embrace surveillance! A massively controversial statement, especially for the target audience of this website. We hold our privacies rightly as one of our most fundamental human rights. What we need to understand though, is that surveillance and privacy are not juxtaposing; one can exist in the realm of the other; we can live in a surveillance state, while retaining our privacies.
We are only just starting to discover what our upcoming technologies will be capable of, and already, through fear of possible future threats, bombs are being sent to physicists. Emerging technologies are set to revolutionise our world during the next few decades; could this lead to the rise of anti-technology terrorism becoming even more of a threat than radical Islam?
David Willetts, UK Science Minister, has urged the UK government to offer greater backing for the research and development of incredible new technologies. This came as he pledged to invest £600m into the industry. Read on to see the technologies that will benefit from the funding.