Humanity’s Future to be Explored in New FQXi Essay Competition


How should humanity steer the future? This question is to be addressed in a new essay competition from the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), supported by partial funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

Applicants are encouraged to think widely and imaginatively. They might explore how humanity can avoid the dystopian futures that are common in literature and film, and contemplate how to make the world better. Alternatively, they could consider the impact of different modes of thought and new technologies likely to emerge in the coming decades. An expert panel of judges will be instructed, and general readers strongly encouraged, to rate the entries by the degree to which they are relevant and interesting. The first of several prizes is $10,000, and Scientific American will also consider publishing adapted material from the winning essays.

Submissions for the contest must be submitted by April 18, 2014. A set of 40 finalists will be chosen and the winners will be announced on or about August 31, 2014. Full details of the competition can be found online.