Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?
We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here’s what they said, and what science says.
From teleportation to robot servants: Americans’ predictions and dreams for the future
Americans see the next half-century as a period of profound scientific change, but they don’t agree on what will or won’t come to pass.
Technology and Science in the Future
Americans agree the next 50 years will be a period of profound scientific change, but they are divided on which developments will come to pass and whether they would be a good or bad thing for society.
SpaceX launch illustrates NASA’s growing use of private companies
NASA’s SpaceX launch could herald the beginning of the use of private, reusable rockets to service America’s space program.
Public’s Views on Human Evolution
While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.
Study: Awards may stifle future achievements, at least in math
Do prizes result in more brilliant work from the world’s best and brightest? Apparently not, at least in mathematics.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.
To Count Our Days: The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Radical Life Extension
The prospect of dying has always fascinated, haunted and, ultimately, defined human beings. From the beginnings of civilization, people have contemplated their own mortality – and considered the possibility of immortality.
Religious Leaders’ Views on Radical Life Extension
No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension. However, here are brief summaries of how some clergy, bioethicists and other scholars from 18 major American religious groups say their traditions might approach this evolving issue.
Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans’ Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extension
If new medical treatments could slow the aging process and allow people to live decades longer, would you want to? Most Americans say no, but roughly two-thirds think that most other people would say yes.