Could These Futuristic Buildings Really Change Human Behavior?

When we imagine enormous cities of the future, we don't always think about how they might change our behavior in urban areas. But these architectural proposals don't just look gorgeously futuristic — they're designed to be social and environmental experiments. » 3/27/14 8:00am 3/27/14 8:00am

Which countries do Americans perceive as their greatest enemies?

Over the past few years, Americans have overwhelmingly pinpointed Iran as public enemy number one. But as a recent Gallup Poll illustrates, Americans are now focusing their attention on several new perceived threats — a sure sign of the world's complex and ever-changing geopolitical balance. » 2/21/14 6:00pm 2/21/14 6:00pm

Economic study suggests we're heading for a Blade Runner future

Earlier this month, a group of economists released the results of a massive study looking at the economic prospects of people from across the United States. What they found was that the U.S. is like a patchwork quilt of different countries, where some regions offer people the economic prospects of a typical developed… » 2/19/14 3:55pm 2/19/14 3:55pm

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… » 2/17/14 11:04am 2/17/14 11:04am

Senior U.S. spies warn of future security threats

A senior American spy chief has released his assessment of the most troubling threats facing the US — a list that includes terrorism, hackers, WMD proliferation, pandemics, extreme weather events — and the militarization of space. » 1/30/14 4:00pm 1/30/14 4:00pm

The Dark Side of the "Smart City"

The "smart city" is a futurist's dream town. It's carbon neutral because computers regulate its energy use perfectly. It has no traffic jams because sensors capture real-time data on the roads and guide drivers to optimal routes. Other sensors can quickly alert police to crime, or send information to your mobile about… » 1/30/14 12:49pm 1/30/14 12:49pm

Sterling and Lebkowsky on why the world is in a state of WTF

As is tradition, Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky have kickstarted the new year by discussing the current state of the world. This year's edition is as insightful and acerbic as ever, touching upon such topics as the NSA, the emergence of "android demigod" Google, and why it's so hard to write scifi these days. » 1/08/14 7:40am 1/08/14 7:40am

Is Bitcoin evil or just dumb?

There's been a digital cash rush over the past few months, with Bitcoin rising in value from $13.50 to over $1000 in 2013. Economist Paul Krugman calls Bitcoin "evil," while economics-obsessed scifi author Charles Stross says he wishes it would die in fire. Why do they think Bitcoin will usher in the econopocalypse? » 1/06/14 9:40am 1/06/14 9:40am

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… » 12/13/13 1:16pm 12/13/13 1:16pm