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
Designer Charlotte McCurdy weaves a new narrative on climate change action
Claire Cameron
“The future will not be the past. It is going to be different.”
Future 50
Biologist Kevin Esvelt and the future of gene drive.
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
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.
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
Lara de Wit is the virtuoso Twitch didn't know it needed
Danny Paez
Pianist lara6683 will take almost any request.
Innovation
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Chelsea Szmania
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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.
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.
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
Sasha Sagan: It's time for secular people to stop settling for pseudoscienc
Sarah Sloat
"Science isn't thought of as romantic, but it should be."
Entertainment
'Rick and Morty' director Erica Hayes wants you in the workplace revolution
Corey Plante
"I would like to see a future where there are no more non-union animated series."
Science
Shaughnessy Naughton doesn't want to hear you say "I'm not a scientist"
Yasmin Tayag
Let's say "I am."
Innovation
As the NWSL ends another season, veteran Yael Averbuch predicts its future
Emma Betuel
The national team made history -- but the future lies in the NWSL.
Science
Allison Fundis is America's best hope for protecting our oceans
Ali Pattillo
The master troubleshooter, marine explorer, and feminist icon is mapping the ocean floor.
Innovation
With Sono Motors, two friends are on a remarkable mission to disrupt cars
Mike Brown
"We have to get rid of fossil fuels, and we have to deal with too many cars on the road."
Culture
Mary Annaïse Heglar Needs You to Give a Shit About Fighting Climate Change
Peter Hess
Heglar's here to add something that's been missing from the climate change conversation: how it feels.
Future 50
Julio Torres Has a Lot to Say, but Not a Lot of Time
Jake Kleinman
“I cannot have a funny experience and relay it in a funny way,” the 'SNL' writer tells Inverse.
Future 50
BossLogic: How Kode Abdo Won the Internet, Hollywood, and Comic-Con
Jake Kleinman
The fan artist turned Marvel collaborator has forged his own path through the entertainment industry. And he's just getting started.