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A Manifesto to Responsibly Extend Reality Into Virtual Realms

As technology such as augmented reality and virtual reality presents our senses with either partially or completely digitalized versions of reality, it is altering what we can see, hear, and feel—and raising urgent social and political questions about surveillance, human augmentation, and digital modification. Here are rules that can help society navigate a world in which mixed reality has become commonplace.Read More

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The Rise of the Cognitive Ecosystem

Technologies are coming together in a way that transcends how humans understand and control our world. The emergence of this cognitive ecosystem has the power to transcend and radically reshape everything from individual psychologies to institutions to societies and geopolitics.Read More

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Tomorrow’s Energy Storage Solutions

Energy storage is a critical part of any zero-emission grid system. Long-duration storage is a necessary concept that we are just beginning to explore.Read More

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Strengthening Global Scientific Collaboration

In the wake of the pandemic, national science funding organizations should create multinational frameworks to coordinate research programs. Read More

Climate Politics

The Emerging Republican Climate Policy Framework

A conservative approach to climate change is taking shape in Congress, generating policies that could appeal to Americans across the political spectrum.Read More

Carbon Dioxide Removal

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Prioritizing Carbon Removal for Climate Policy

The world has passed the point where reducing or even eliminating new carbon emissions is enough to avoid dangerous warming. It’s time to get serious about carbon removal technologies.Read More

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Creativity During COVID

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A Time Capsule of Creative Responses to the Pandemic

Creativity often flourishes in stressful times. During the coronavirus pandemic, CPNAS collected creative responses from individuals, communities, organizations, and industries—now available to explore in a new archive.Read More

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The Scent of the Freetails

Acclaimed science fiction author Deji Olukotun imagines a near-future where a community decides to take ownership of its power grid and its data.Read More

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Customized Energy Futures

Low-cost distributed energy generation and storage are here. How will people put these technologies to use to shape their lives and their landscapes?Read More


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