The future

What next? Where is our world heading? History shows that it often takes a global crisis to provoke great change. Many believe the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating developments in artificial intelligence, medical science, climate science, ideas, relationships, human psychology, society and politics… to warp speed. “In many fields, it is as if we have lived through a decade in just ten months,” said one leading writer this week. To launch the 21st Century’s coming of age, The Day presents this special report into what are currently the most exciting contemporary visions of the future. They give plenty to think about, whether you agree with them or not.