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It might seem as if our interconnected world is unraveling, if last week’s Brexit vote is anything to go by. But it’s now, says TED curator Chris Anderson, that great ideas can help knit humanity together.

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Who should go to Mars? Fancy growing a chair? Top creative thinkers share their thoughts on what the future might look like, in films shot at TED2015 by Jesse Dylan.

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Just what kinds of things will we be using in the future? TED Fellow Chris Woebken and a host of contributors came up with a series of objects fit for a future pawn shop. Check them out.

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At the end of 2014, find repose by exciting the mind. 52 of the world’s leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work.

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We called Gibson at home in Vancouver to chat about the looming apocalypse, what he was like as a student, and what advice he would give a young science-fiction writer today.

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As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what’s to come is unhealthy and unhelpful. He shares 8 pieces of advice to help us embrace complexity and thrive right now.

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Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, we asked attendees and speakers at this year’s TED conference to share what they think might radically change society, life, technology and so on in the next 30 years.