Incredibly Quick, Incredibly Small

The history of information is marked by increasing memory space and processing power. Quantum computing now holds another revolutionary promise. And it all begins with a cat inside a dark box.

Technology's Children

Superb cognitive abilities, longer lives, artificial limbs - around the world, scientists are working on technologies that would allow us to transcend biological boundaries. Their research poses a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human?

Humanity's Identity Crises

New technologies are breaking down the border between the real and the virtual. And ethical questions posed in "The Matrix" turn from fiction into fact.

The Species Is A-Changing

Genome analysis allows an unprecedented look at the history of humanity. It illustrates that we're a species in flux – and that the best is yet to come.

The Hidden Costs of Hesitation

What a chronic traffic jam around Washington DC can tell us about the future of biotechnology and the hidden costs of excessive caution

Against the Tide

Even the most advanced technology cannot compete with nature when it comes to tsunami defense. Our best hope: preserve coastal forests, and run for the hills.

Access Denied

Hundreds of asteroids – so-called "Near Earth Objects" – could impact the earth with devastating consequences. But scientists are already working on defensive technologies.

Exceptional Risks, Exceptional Precautions

The biggest viral threats come from man-made super-viruses. To prevent lethal global epidemics, scientists must trade experimental research for tighter safety measures.

Sober Science

Nightmare scenarios dominate the discussion about global pandemics. Let's inject a dose of reason into the discussion.

Ashes On Our Heads

Gigantic volcanic eruptions can have global consequences, but they still cannot be forecast or prevented. Luckily for civilization, the laws of nature work in our favor.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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