The idea behind Bitcoin—creating a decentralized currency that allows for secure peer-to-peer transactions without the use of banks—may well be a good one. But it’s not working out in practice. The cryptocurrency has generated far more hype and wild investment speculation than practical use.
Nuclear power has a lot going for it. It’s carbon-free, can produce huge amounts of power from relatively small amounts of fuel, and once plants are built, they’re cheap to run. But containing the powerful nuclear processes at its heart is incredibly complex, which means building plants is expensive and catastrophic failure is always a possibility.
Why do some leaders and teams achieve great success in complex, uncertain, and fast-changing environments, while others who are equally capable struggle?
Alphabet’s Wing Starts Drone Deliveries to US Homes
Food. What we eat, and how we grow it, will be fundamentally transformed in the next decade.
The ability to read genomes has transformed our understanding of biology. Being able to write them would give us unprecedented control over the fabric of life.
In 1930, a year into the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes sat down to write about the economic possibilities of his grandchildren.
Asking how to make the internet safe is like asking how to make gravity safe.
Do the anti-car folks have it right—is the brighter future one that forgoes cars in favor of even more sustainable and healthy modes of transportation?
What if we could give robots an artificial nervous system?
We’re a long way from the halcyon days of the early internet, when the promise of a decentralized digital communications network meant anyone could talk to anyone without appealing to the gatekeepers.
Although sci-fi isn’t always right, it does something more important than mere prediction—it inspires the people who can build the future to go out there and get to work.
A lot of these trends are unstoppable—but they’re also pretty predictable.
The future of driving, it would appear, is upon us.
“We are beginning to rewire the brain from the inside out. We’re cutting out things that don’t work at the level of the nucleus. We’re actually correcting diseases before they even express themselves.” – Dr. Divya Chander
The best cancer treatment and diagnostics will pull in resources from organizations and companies that are both established and emerging.