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New York Magazine / Intelligencer

What will life look like in 2038? Twenty years from now is not the stuff of science fiction, but it still sounds like it: flying driverless cars, an internet cold war, a Chinese world order. Given the pace of change we are currently living through, t...Show More

32:13 | Dec 5th, 2018

Already, today, young people are having less sex and fewer partners than previous generations, though they are also watching much more porn and masturbating two to three times as often. That isn’t going to change, the Atlantic’s Kate Julian says, whi...Show More

39:33 | Nov 28th, 2018

Global warming will change much more than the world’s coastlines. Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of “Climate Leviathan,” think it will bring about a new planetary sovereign, answering to no authority other than capital and climate stability....Show More
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34:24 | Nov 21st, 2018

Tyler Cowen thinks that in 2038, we're going back to the past. In the absence of major enemies like Nazis or Soviets, Tyler argues we'll see a return to the world of 19th-century American politics — bitter, rancorous, and dysfunctional, filled with f...Show More

41:02 | Nov 14th, 2018

Bruno Macaes thinks that in 2038, China will run the world (and maybe the solar system) thanks to its embrace of technology and its globe-spanning "belt and road" initiative. America will be totally marginalized and the new world order will also mean...Show More

41:26 | Nov 7th, 2018

Missy Cummings is on the forefront of drone and driverless technology as a consultant and director of the Duke University Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. We asked her about the future of robotic-driving technology — from planes to trains to, yes, aut...Show More

32:30 | Oct 31st, 2018

Paul Ford thinks that, by 2038, computers won’t matter—because they’ll be everywhere, embedded in your clothes and constantly surveilling you and shouting at you with advertisements. Nothing will work all that well, but you won’t even notice.

33:53 | Oct 24th, 2018

By the year 2038, there will be two internets — one controlled by the U.S., and one by China. Technologist An Xiao Mina predicts that in 20 years, America's internet will be hyperpartisan and stratified along race, gender, and class lines, while Chin...Show More

35:07 | Oct 17th, 2018

By the year 2038, The Supreme Court as we know it will cease to exist. That's the prediction of legal reporter Dahlia Lithwick, who thinks that divided, partisan power in Washington will make it impossible to confirm new justices to the highest court...Show More

00:58 | Oct 8th, 2018

What will life look like in 2038? Each episode will explore a different vision — flying driverless cars, an internet cold war, a Chinese world order — featuring experts in business, technology, climate science and beyond, each defending their predict...Show More