Future Humans
Future Humans
Future Humans
Future Humans
Future Humans

We are immersed in a time of meteoric change: Cosmologists’ observations reveal that only a fraction of the observable universe is made up of what they call matter. Scientific and kin-making collaborations with animals suggest that the mind extends beyond individual human brains. Intelligent machines are learning to respond to human emotions. Brain-computer interfaces that amplify human senses are altering the boundaries of our bodies. And biotechnologists simulate and then mold cells toward new evolutionary pathways, editing life itself. Concepts that ground matter, mind, intelligence, body, and life are undergoing momentous revisions.

These transformations prompt us to consider the diversity of possible futures for humans, in connection with other biologies, beings, and the biosphere. The Future Humans theme asks: How can we construct a flourishing ecosystem that includes and integrates humans, the varied life forms of the planet, and new intelligences? What sorts of fragilities and benefits will we encounter through these emergent interconnections? And how can philosophies of more-than-human worlds help us to radically re-envision human institutions, from politics, to laboratories, to the economy? Future Humans connects experimenters, creators, and scholars who are shaping how humans of the future will collaborate with natures and technologies. At the center of these projects is a crucial question: What will life become?

Projects

Outputs

Fiction and Futures

Vaster Than Empires Program

“We Might Appear as Forest Fires,” Curator’s Statement

“What is Collective Intelligence?”

“Vaster than Empires” by CROSSLUCID

"We Might Appear As Forest Fires" Performance

Assembly Theory and the Complexity of Life

Reflexive Alienation: Pondering Cosmic Otherness with Dario Robleto

Cosmic vision

Future Humans Theme Explores the Question: “What Will Life Become?”

AI and the Limits of Language

Berggruen Institute Hosts What Will Life Become? Conference on Technology and the Human

Berggruen Fellows Aim to Reinvent Governance, Imagine Radically Different Futures for Global Systems and Institutions

The Ladder, the Sphere and the Rhizome

Worlds Beyond Ours

Events

Xenobots and Futures of Life