While the near future is a choice, the distant future is an institution. Governments and non-profits produce long-term forecasts by the thousands. Fortunes change hands based on corporate earnings expectations. People have constructed over 10,000 active time capsules. Despite all of this frenetic activity, the future is more often than not a surprise.
- Don’t Worry, Smart Machines Will Take Us With Them: Why human intelligence and AI will co-evolve, by Stephen Hsu
- Why Futurism Has a Cultural Blindspot: We predicted cell phones, but not women in the workplace, by Tom Vanderbilt
- What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness: As pills and gadgets proliferate, what matters is still social connection, by Adam Piore
- This issue also includes contributions from: Diane Ackerman, Greg Beatty, Lee Billings, Claire Cameron, Dalton Conley, David Grinspoon, K.G. Jewell, Jonathon Keats, Gayil Nalls, Steve Paulson, Robert Sapolsky, James Somers, John Steele, Rachel B. Sussman, and Lauren R. Weinstein.