The Future of Humanity - English

The Future of Humanity

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?

Decoding Human Evoluti...

New technologies allow for an unprecedented look at the origins of homo sapiens. They tell us where we came from, and with whom we mingled.


An emerging tech-driven industry is trying to merge man and machine. Yet we have barely begun to understand what constitutes our humanity.

Perfectly Normal...

The more we seek scientific enhancements, the less unique we become. Human perfection isn't a dream, it's a nightmare.

Humanity's Identity Cr...

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-Chang...

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 He...

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


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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