01 June 2022

Post Prize #1: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Post Prizes!

Announcing the winners of Post Prize #1: The world in 2072

We loved reading all your entries to our first Post Prize, where we asked you to describe the world 50 years from now. We’re awarding prizes of $1,000 to:

The Anatomy of Choice and The Uploading by Xander Balwit — two memorable and affecting short stories imagining scenes from a world with artificial wombs and the choice to preserve and ‘upload’ somebody’s personality. We liked how the stories were neither utopian nor dystopian, but conveyed the nuance of a world in which emancipatory technology has arrived and our culture is still adjusting around it.

The World in 2072 by Sam Atis — speaking of worlds that fall between utopia and dystopia: we enjoyed Sam Atis’ attempt to describe the boring timeline — “where things go mostly pretty well but some things also go pretty badly.”

Sensor 7182 by Chris Webster — we loved this piece imagining a biosafe world. A fine example of the ‘preparedness paradox’.

Three Non-Dystopian Visions of 2072 by En Kepeig — this piece asks what to expect if we’re serious about the possibility of artificial general intelligence arriving within the next few decades. Some of the futures look wild.

Honorable mentions

  • The Cultural Superpowers of 2072 by Pradyumna Prasad — “By almost any measure America is the most culturally dominant country in the world.” Will that last? Prasad investigates.
  • The servers are on the moon by Finn Hambly — imagines a 2072 of mind uploading in a charming “letter from the future” style that reminds us of Bostrom’s ‘Letter from Utopia’. A highlight: “As for the AI stuff, it’s good at art and science — and it basically powers everything — but it doesn’t decide anything, really.”
  • The World in 2072 by Tom Spencer — a convincing case that simple extrapolation from the last half century of economic growth give us reasons for optimism about 2072
  • 2072: SpaceX Annual Shareholder Report by Connor and Maxwell Tabarrock — an imagining of Mars colonization that feels almost… plausible. Contained Avital’s favorite line (the part where Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence makes an appearance).
  • The World in 2072 by Dan Elton — considering the underrated trends that will shape 2072. India, transhumanism, AI, abundant energy, instability.