By David KingDavid KingDavidKingDavidKing David KingAuthor David King has been writing for New Scientist since 2010.
He has written for the BBC, the Washington Post, the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.
He is also the author of The Future of Science: A Novel, an anthology of science fiction novels, and The Book of the Month: The Future is Now, a history of science from 1945 to 2018.
This article is the first in a series about the future of science, and it is by no means complete.
This story has been revised and updated to reflect the latest developments.