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Maybe We Don't Have To Nuke Mars (So Much) After All

Terraforming Mars could be our only option once we screw this planet up beyond repair, but how exactly are we going to do it? One popular scheme involves releasing truckloads of nuclear warheads over the poles, unlocking billions of tonnes of frozen carbon dioxide and triggering a runaway greenhouse.


Want To Find Aliens? Look For Planets That Have Become Stars

Jupiter is often referred to as a “failed star”, leading some futurists to wonder if our descendants might set it ablaze in a process called planetary stellification. A new study suggests this is indeed theoretically possible — and that we should be on the hunt for galactic aliens who have already converted their gas giants into stellar objects.


10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Here are 10 pseudo-futurist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary.


10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear By The 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that should appear by the 2030s.


Soft Paternalism, Or The Future Of Authority And Obedience

As humans, we’re always making bad choices. At the same time, we really hate to be told what to do — even if what we’re being told is a good idea. This conundrum could be solved with a futuristic concept called “soft paternalism.” Here’s how public and private institutions could nudge us in the right direction — without violating our liberty.


11 Ways The Future Could Turn Out Differently Than You Expect

Many of us, owing to an intuitive sense of where technological and social progress are taking us, have a preconceived notion of what the future will look like. But as history has continually shown, the future doesn’t always go according to plan. Here are 11 ways the world of tomorrow may not unfold the way we expect.


Six Signs That We've Entered A New Geologic Age

We’ve heard a lot of buzz recently about the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch of man and machine. Does it exist? Are we in it right now? Later this summer, the International Stratigraphic Union will convene and attempt to answer these weighty questions.


10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

As we head deeper into the 21st century, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we’re also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence.


Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed To Kill You, Deal With It

A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimise casualties during an accident, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem — and we’re going to have to get over it.


How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There’s a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here’s how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine.


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