The Future

When the chips are down

For the last few decades, we’ve been enjoying faster and faster computer speeds, but we’ve now squeezed as much as we can from silicon chips. We take a look at the tech that could take their place…

The Immortalists - can science defeat death?

In his new book Heavens on Earth, founding editor of Skeptic magazine Michael Shermer explores humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and the quest for immortality – find out about the extraordinary people he met trying to cheat death.

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What's next for the human race?

Even science can’t predict the future. Or can it? Jim Al-Khalili explores the science of the future, delving into transport, medicine, geoengineering, space travel, robots and even teleportation.

What does it mean to be a machine?

Transhumanism is the subject of To Be A Machine, the the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize-shortlisted book by Mark O’Connell, which explores the philosophy and science behind improving our minds and bodies beyond what nature gave us.