Back to All Events

"On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" with physicist Martin Rees

  • Harold Washington Library Center 400 South State Street Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

World-renowned scientist Martin Rees offers his look at the future of humanity and science in this talk based upon his new book 

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. Rees argues that humanity's future is bound to the future of science, and our prospects hinge on how successfully we harness technological advances to address the challenges to our collective future. 


If we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, Rees shows how we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long-term future. Advances in biotechnology, cyber technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence -- if pursued and applied wisely-could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth, from climate change to nuclear war. Rees offers fascinating insights into cutting-edge science and technology while providing a unique perspective on the critical issues that will define the future of humanity on Earth and beyond.

FREE but registration is recommended here.


Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5pm; seating is available first come, first served. The event is free but registration is recommended. Books are available for purchase from Seminary Co-op Books and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library