Rank #1: It's Complicated: Our Evolving Relationship with AI Assistants
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and big data, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa touch more of our lives than ever before. But what happens when these relationships become personal? And could a smart speaker be used to outsmart us?
Rank #2: The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for Universal Basic Income
There's a record wealth gap in the U.S. today. Entrepreneur and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it's time to talk about providing at least $500 a month to every American worker making less than $50,000 a year.
Rank #3: Artificial Intelligence - With Very Real Biases
AI is already helping decide who gets a job or whether somebody gets out of jail. But how objective are the algorithms behind these often life-altering decisions? And what happens when technology inherits all the biases of its creators?
Rank #4: The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for a Cashless Economy
Can digital payments make physical currency a thing of the past? Cryptpocurrency pioneer Charlie Shrem, founder of Crypto.IQ, says it's only a matter of time.
Rank #5: The Future of Everything Festival: China's Digital Currency Experiment
Join the team from WSJ's Heard on the Street for a look at China's futuristic adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions.
Rank #6: The Criminal's Guide to Cryptocurrency
Crime involving digital currencies has skyrocketed in lockstep with their valuations. From bitcoin stickups to global money laundering, tech-savvy criminals are becoming increasingly anonymous. And law enforcement is scrambling to keep up.
Rank #7: The Future of Everything Festival: Garry Kasparov on AI Making Us Free
Twenty years after losing to Deep Blue, the former world chess champion says that intelligent machines will promote their human makers to management rather than replace them.
Rank #8: Custom Parts: The Future of Transplanted Organs
Demand for donated organs far outstrips supply. But researchers are working to remedy the crisis using everything from gene-edited pigs to 3D-printed tissue.
Rank #9: Can Blockchain Keep Us Honest?
From big banks to diamond dealers, companies are experimenting with blockchain, an open and distributed ledger, to make transactions more transparent and trustworthy. Could this technology mean the end of cooked books?
Rank #10: The High-Tech Approach to Human Fertility
The world's first test-tube baby turns 40 this year, but human reproduction is still one of medical science's great mysteries. From artificial sperm to AI-powered analysis of embryos, a look at how science is changing the way we make babies.
Rank #11: The Future of Everything Festival: What's Next for AI?
Amy Webb calls herself a quantitative futurist. A professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, she uses her knowledge of game theory, sociology, programming and economics to imagine what's next. And she's deeply concerned about the lack of controls around artificial intelligence.
Rank #12: The Rise of Experiential Retail
Brick-and-mortar store closures could result in one billion square feet of empty retail space. From modern art installations to stores with nothing for sale, a look at how brands are attempting to fill the void.
Rank #13: The Global Race for Quantum Computing Supremacy
Companies and countries are battling to create the first universal quantum computer - a machine so powerful it could crack our current methods of encryption. In part-two of our series, we go inside the labs racing to bring us into the quantum age.
Rank #14: The Future of Everything Festival: When Humans Invade Space
How will we travel to outer space? And what will we do when get there? Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis and TransAstra founder Joel C. Sercel explain how everything from 3D-printed rockets to asteroid mining will help us explore, live and work in the final frontier.
Rank #15: Battling the Superbugs
What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing techniques.
Rank #16: The Age of Quantum Computing is (Almost) Here
Quantum computers are no longer the stuff of science fiction. In the first of a two-part series, we talk to industry executives who are experimenting with this revolutionary technology and take you inside a lab racing to make it a reality.
Rank #17: The Future of Everything Festival: Sarah Jessica Parker Says Time's Up
The actress and activist was joined by Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler and leader of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, to discuss the far-reaching effects of the #metoo movement.
Rank #18: The Future of Everything Festival: Wine Returns to Its Roots
Today, natural wine dominates the cellars of forward-thinking restaurants and collectors. But what is it exactly? And why is it suddenly everywhere? We asked Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Wine Fairs, and Jordan Salcito, director of wine special projects at Momofuku, to explain why ancient winemaking techniques could be the industry's future.
Rank #19: The Very Risky Business of Underwriting Innovation
Who's responsible for a driverless car crash? How does a bank protect itself against the reputational damage of a cyber attack? An in-depth look at how big data and new technologies are changing the way insurance companies assess new risks.
Rank #20: The Future of Everything Festival: Futuristic Farm-to-Table
Restauranteur Kimbal Musk wants to feed America with hyper-local produce and robot-equipped kitchens. Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, is rethinking the way animals are raised and slaughtered. We asked them how we'll be eating in the years ahead.