Inverse is profiling 50 people who will shape the coming decade for a series we're calling the Future 50. We're meeting with ascendant, future-focused thinkers and doers in the fields of technology, science, entertainment, and the culture.

There’s more uncertainty than ever about what the future holds. The Future 50 honorees, who are forces for the positive change we’ll need in the 2020s, might just bring us the clarity we need. Watch this space for more additions to the Future 50 club. —The editors

Future 50
How biologist Kevin Esvelt came to know the planet, in his own words
Chloe Williams
Biologist Kevin Esvelt, in his own words about the upbringing that made him such an influential biologist and geneticist.
Future 50
Gene drives could stop the world's oldest problems. Kevin Esvelt wants to make sure they don't start any.
Chloe Williams
Esvelt's career has gone from straight science into ethics and safety.
Future 50
How Anthony Boyle learned to be Jewish
Jake Kleinman
The Plot Against America Star on growing up in Northern Ireland, Harry Potter, and matzo ball soup.
Future 50
'The Plot Against America' star on the dangers of fascism today
Jake Kleinman
The lessons in Philip Roth’s story are as relevant as ever.
Future 50
Why Sophia Lillis is taking climate change personally
Jake Kleinman
"One day I’m going to redeem myself and I’m going to grow that lemon tree."
Future 50
Sophia Lillis is the chill scream queen we need in the 2020s
Jake Kleinman
From Gretel and Hansel to the new Netflix original I Am Not Okay With This, Lillis is on the path to horror movie stardom.
Earth's hungriest heroes
Introducing the Babish Culinary Universe — Earth's hungriest heroes
Jake Kleinman and Andrew "Binging with Babish" Rea
The most exciting cinematic universe isn’t the one with Captain America, Iron Man, and the big purple guy with all the jewelry. It’s the one happening on food-focused YouTube channels across the internet.
Future 50
How Andrew Rea became the YouTube chef fans can't stop binging
Jake Kleinman
'Binging with Babish' has over 6 million subscribers and his biggest videos get more than twice as many views, but the Babish empire is just getting started.
Future 50
Streamer Lara de Wit pushes, pulls, and drags Twitch beyond just "yes, gamer girl"
Danny Paez
"This is just who I am."
Future 50
Lara de Wit is the virtuoso Twitch didn't know it needed
Danny Paez
Pianist lara6683 will take almost any request.
Innovation
Future 50 by Inverse: 50 people who will be forced for good in the 2020s
Clayton Gentry
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Science
The climate movement is gaining energy because of a new kind of activist
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
"It’s the youngest that are stepping up and saying, 'I want to do my part and fix this.'"
Science
With flowers and songs, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez tells an urgent climate story
Sarah Sloat
He was a child climate activist. On the cusp of adulthood, his job is bigger than ever.
Entertainment
“The Chosen One”: Why 'Tekken 7' is surging in popularity
Hoa "Anakin" Luu
And how you can get into this totally swole fighting game.
Gaming
'Tekken' esports pro Anakin on how he dominates with a Jedi-like focus
Corey Plante
Pro gamer Hoa “Anakin” Luu credits mental focus as the source of his 'Tekken 7' prowess.
Culture
Hack your Thanksgiving with French mashed potatoes from French Guy Cooking
Alex Ainouz
Alex Ainouz: "Achieving the perfect mashed potatoes is more doable than achieving the perfect roast turkey."
Innovation
French Guy Cooking: Alex Ainouz wants to inspire you to cook — by failing
Jake Kleinman
Ainouz's love for technology and food come together every week.
Mind and Body
Paige Alms is solving the most expensive problem in pro surfing
Ali Pattillo
"I was always kind of the person that felt totally ok with speaking up for what was right.”
Science
Surfer Paige Alms is using a controversial social media activity for good
Ali Pattillo
We need more than scare tactics to protect the world’s oceans.
Science
Sasha Sagan wants you to celebrate even the small moments
Sasha Sagan
"Life's even better when you choose to spend your time celebrating it."