Future 50

Fifty innovators who are making a positive change in the 2020s: An ongoing series from Inverse.

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Future 50

Birder Corina Newsome: I want to see a scientist who looks like me.

“The most important thing is getting young people of color to actually see me doing it.”

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Entertainment

How Jacob Batalon Became the Most Confident Guy in the Marvel Universe

“Ned is just undeterred,” Batalon tells Inverse. “He feels like he can take on the world.”

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Entertainment

For Midsommar Director Ari Aster, Scaring You Is Just the Beginning

Aster tells Inverse what he’s working on next and explains how his filmmaking philosophy transcends horror.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Future 50

Rivian Founder RJ Scaringe Lays Out the Big Future for Electric Cars

“Adventure is really for all. It’s everything that we do in life.”

Natasha Chomko/POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Science

Astrophysicist Katie Mack Is Cool With the End of the Universe

The cosmologist you follow on Twitter talks about planets being ripped apart and finding odd comfort in the end of all life.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Future 50

Sophia Lillis is the chill scream queen we need in the 2020s

From Gretel and Hansel to the new Netflix original I Am Not Okay With This, Lillis is on the path to horror movie stardom.

Future 50

Epidemiologist Adam Kucharski says 2021 is going to be better. Here's why.

"We are in very different shape than we were before."

Future 50

Katharina Volz is using A.I. to solve the biggest problem in science

“The way we solved disease before ... that just won't work anymore.”

Future 50

Canan Dagdeviren wants more women in STEM to “not give up”

“That’s one thing I always tell my female students.”

Canan Dagdeviren / Getty Images / piranka

Future 50

Gene drives could stop the world's oldest problems. Kevin Esvelt wants to make sure they don't start any.

Esvelt's career has gone from straight science into ethics and safety.

Future 50

Charlotte McCurdy wants you to forget everything you know about climate change

“The future will not be the past. It is going to be different.”

Natasha Chomko/Charlotte McCurdy

Future 50

How Andrew Rea became the YouTube chef fans can't stop binging

'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.

Natasha Chomko/Shutterstock

Entertainment

How Barbara Dunkelman Went From "BlawnDee" to Anime and Podcast Heroine

Rooster Teeth's former community manager has a fandom of her own. Here's how she did it.

Natasha Chomko/POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Innovation

Amber Baldet Still Thinks Decentralization Can Save Us All (Blockchain Optional)

"You don't need to get 10 institutions around the table with a bunch of lawyers."

Natasha Chomko/POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Culture

Adam Conover on How to Get Smarter ... Without Ruining Everything

How do you come to know it all in the age of disinformation? Quit Twitter.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Innovation

LittleBits' Ayah Bdeir Is Filling STEM's Diversity Gap, Block by Block

“If there’s no solution to a problem that you see, it’s up to you to create it.”

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Culture

How Do You Pay for the Green New Deal? Ask Andrés Bernal

In Bernal’s 2030, it’s a given that everyone who can work has a job.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Entertainment

Adria Arjona Is "Done Apologizing," and Wants the Same for Women Everywhere

The star of Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ and next summer’s ‘Morbius’ is ready to shake up Hollywood. 

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Innovation

Code to Inspire Founder Fereshteh Forough Is Building "Afghanistan 2.0"

A computer chose Forough for a computer science program, and now she's helping girls choose computers.

Natasha Chomko, aka, POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Science

With flowers and songs, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez tells an urgent climate story

He was a child climate activist. On the cusp of adulthood, his job is bigger than ever.

Natasha Chomko/Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Gaming

'Tekken' esports pro Anakin on how he dominates with a Jedi-like focus

Pro gamer Hoa “Anakin” Luu credits mental focus as the source of his 'Tekken 7' prowess.

Natasha Chomko/Red Bull Esports

Mind and Body

Paige Alms is solving the most expensive problem in pro surfing

"I was always kind of the person that felt totally ok with speaking up for what was right.”

Natasha Chomko/Patagonia 

Innovation

Alex Ainouz wants to inspire you to cook by failing

Ainouz's love for technology and food come together every week.

Natasha Chomko/Alex Ainouz

Entertainment

'Rick and Morty' director Erica Hayes wants you in the workplace revolution

"I would like to see a future where there are no more non-union animated series."

Natasha Chomko/Erica Hayes/Adult Swim

Innovation

Electrek Editor Fred Lambert Is a Driving Force in Electric Transportation

Lambert obsessed over electric cars so much on Reddit that he went pro.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK

Science

Allison Fundis is America's best hope for protecting our oceans

The master troubleshooter, marine explorer, and feminist icon is mapping the ocean floor.

Natasha Chomko/ Shutterstock

Innovation

With Sono Motors, two friends are on a remarkable mission to disrupt driving

"We have to get rid of fossil fuels, and we have to deal with too many cars on the road."

Natasha Chomko, akak POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Culture

Mary Annaïse Heglar Needs You to Give a Shit About Fighting Climate Change

Heglar's here to add something that's been missing from the climate change conversation: how it feels.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Future 50

Julio Torres Has a Lot to Say, but Not a Lot of Time

“I cannot have a funny experience and relay it in a funny way,” the 'SNL' writer tells Inverse.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Future 50

How BossLogic Won the Internet, Hollywood, and Then Comic-Con

The fan artist turned Marvel collaborator has forged his own path through the entertainment industry. And he's just getting started.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse

Culture

Joe Cunningham's First Big Test in Congress Could Save America's Oceans

The freshman congressman has popular support on his side but faces powerful opposition.

Youtube

Science

'Because Science' Host Kyle Hill Has Created a Surprisingly Addicting Show 

'Because Science' follows in the footsteps of Bill Nye and 'MythBusters' for the YouTube era.

Natasha Chomko, aka POST-WOOK, for Inverse
In their own words
Earth's hungriest heroes

Introducing the Babish Culinary Universe...

Andrew Rea (Binging with Babish) assembles a team of YouTube chefs — and picks out their Marvel superhero equivalents.

Future 50

Charlotte McCurdy: A world where your clothes fight climate change is possible

In her own words: Charlotte McCurdy

Future 50

How biologist Kevin Esvelt came to know the planet, in his own words

Biologist Kevin Esvelt, in his own words about the upbringing that made him such an influential biologist and geneticist.

Future 50

The Plot Against America star on the dangers of fascism today

The lessons in Philip Roth’s story are as relevant as ever.

Future 50

Why Sophia Lillis is taking climate change personally in 2020

"One day I’m going to redeem myself and I’m going to grow that lemon tree."

Future 50

Streamer Lara de Wit pushes, pulls, and drags Twitch beyond just "yes, gamer girl"

"This is just who I am."

Science

The climate movement is gaining energy because of a new kind of activist

"It’s the youngest that are stepping up and saying, 'I want to do my part and fix this.'"

Entertainment

Why 'Tekken 7' is surging in popularity, according to "The Chosen One"

And how you can get into this totally swole fighting game.

Culture

Hack your Thanksgiving with French mashed potatoes

Alex Ainouz: "Achieving the perfect mashed potatoes is more doable than achieving the perfect roast turkey."

Science

Pro surfer Paige Alms is using a controversial social media activity for good

We need more than scare tactics to protect the world’s oceans.

Science

Sasha Sagan wants you to celebrate even the small moments

"Life's even better when you choose to spend your time celebrating it."

As told to

Director Erica Hayes: How to make an episode of Rick and Morty

It’s almost as complex as making a plumbus!

Science

Shaughnessy Naughton: We need more scientists in Congress now

Adhering to the facts is a potent antidote.

Culture

Why the National Women's Soccer League is hopefully, finally, here to stay

"We kept playing. That’s the story of our lives."

Science

Allison Fundis: Why we need far more exploration of the ocean

As a global community, we are abysmally failing at properly managing and protecting our ocean.

Innovation

With 10,000 preorders, Sono Motors wants to make solar cars the norm

"Where do we want to go? Where every car on the street you see is shared and is electric."

Earth's hungriest heroes

Introducing the Babish Culinary Universe...

Andrew Rea (Binging with Babish) assembles a team of YouTube chefs — and picks out their Marvel superhero equivalents.

Future 50

Charlotte McCurdy: A world where your clothes fight climate change is possible

In her own words: Charlotte McCurdy

Future 50

How biologist Kevin Esvelt came to know the planet, in his own words

Biologist Kevin Esvelt, in his own words about the upbringing that made him such an influential biologist and geneticist.

Future 50

The Plot Against America star on the dangers of fascism today

The lessons in Philip Roth’s story are as relevant as ever.

Future 50

Why Sophia Lillis is taking climate change personally in 2020

"One day I’m going to redeem myself and I’m going to grow that lemon tree."

Future 50

Streamer Lara de Wit pushes, pulls, and drags Twitch beyond just "yes, gamer girl"

"This is just who I am."

Science

The climate movement is gaining energy because of a new kind of activist

"It’s the youngest that are stepping up and saying, 'I want to do my part and fix this.'"

Entertainment

Why 'Tekken 7' is surging in popularity, according to "The Chosen One"

And how you can get into this totally swole fighting game.

Culture

Hack your Thanksgiving with French mashed potatoes

Alex Ainouz: "Achieving the perfect mashed potatoes is more doable than achieving the perfect roast turkey."

Science

Pro surfer Paige Alms is using a controversial social media activity for good

We need more than scare tactics to protect the world’s oceans.

Science

Sasha Sagan wants you to celebrate even the small moments

"Life's even better when you choose to spend your time celebrating it."

As told to

Director Erica Hayes: How to make an episode of Rick and Morty

It’s almost as complex as making a plumbus!

Science

Shaughnessy Naughton: We need more scientists in Congress now

Adhering to the facts is a potent antidote.

Culture

Why the National Women's Soccer League is hopefully, finally, here to stay

"We kept playing. That’s the story of our lives."

Science

Allison Fundis: Why we need far more exploration of the ocean

As a global community, we are abysmally failing at properly managing and protecting our ocean.

Innovation

With 10,000 preorders, Sono Motors wants to make solar cars the norm

"Where do we want to go? Where every car on the street you see is shared and is electric."