From geese flying through the sky in formation to schools of fish swimming in the ocean, the world’s creatures show an efficiency that is the envy of physicists, architects and designers. Writer Gary Ferguson explains the inspiration that we humans can draw from how energy flows in the natural world.

David Moinina Sengeh argues that the 70% of the sub-Saharan African population who don’t have electricity shouldn’t have to put up with inferior solutions, and explains why he’s bullish about the microgrid.

From machine intelligence to post-subsistence economies, Google’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas lays out 6 (okay, 7) ways everything is set to change.