Reinventing our relationship with time

Meet the Time Challengers

Time will exist in the future – but it won’t be time as we know it.

In most countries across the world, humans are bound to a system of time that tends to shunt us through the main phases of life in the same order – first, we learn; then we work; at some point children come along and eventually we retire.

But is this roadmap of a lifetime still relevant? And even if it is today, will it still be tomorrow?

Exponential technological innovation is making it clear that we’re at a pivotal point in human history. We’re on the cusp of advances in medicine and science that could significantly increase the average human lifespan – but at the same time, we hear every day about how our resources are critically depleted and our environment is collapsing. Meanwhile, automated workforces and Universal Basic Income are redefining the way we think about labour – not just for manual workers, but for experts, too. Is our current political machinery set up to deal with the world of tomorrow? What will our economy look like in 30 years? Will we still die? Will we still pursue the future or come to fear it? Will we continue falling in love, for life?

Underpinning all of these questions, and each of the possible futures that their answers could precipitate, is one fundamental question: Do humans need to invent a new relationship with time?

We spoke to six diverse individuals – bio-hackers, education tsars, apocalypse-thwarting visionaries, desert island castaways and immortality-hunting scientists – with the vision to see the way ahead, and new models of living.