Isaac Arthur

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Isaac Arthur
Bornc. 1980
EducationBS in Physics
Alma materKent State University
OccupationScience communicator
Board of Elections commissioner[1]
Known forScience & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Isaac Albert Arthur (born c. 1980[2]) is a science communication YouTuber and futurist.[3] He is best known as producer of his YouTube channel, Science & Futurism With Isaac Arthur (SFIA), where he discusses a broad variety of topics on futurism and space colonization.


Early life and education[edit]

Arthur was born to two physicists and raised by his mother and his grandfather, Alan Arthur, along with an older sister. He was homeschooled from the age of ten until he dropped out of high school at age twelve; he received his GED at the age of sixteen. In 2001 he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in physics from Kent State University and began to pursue a graduate degree in biophysics.[4]

Arthur enlisted in the United States Army in 2003[5] and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Giessen, Germany. He left the military in 2010, returning to his home in Ashtabula, Ohio. Arthur became involved in local politics and now serves as chairman of the Ashtabula County board of elections.[4][1][6][7]


Arthur began an educational YouTube channel, Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur, in 2012. In September 2014, Arthur released the first video on the channel on the topic of megastructures.[8] The channel is now host to over 360,000 subscribers and over 150 videos.[9] Arthur continues to serve as a board member of his hometown's Board of Elections by day, spending the majority of his personal time working on the production of his videos.[4] Following the success of his channel, Arthur collaborates with other science communicators, including Paul Sutter[10] and Fraser Cain,[11][12] and acts as an analyst and consultant for science fiction novels and games, such as HADES 9.[13]

Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur[edit]

Isaac Arthur is the creator and producer of the YouTube channel, Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur. This channel is dedicated to topics including space colonization in the near and far future, futurism, artificial intelligence, and transhumanism, among others, especially in the context of thermodynamics, economics, science fiction, the Fermi paradox, and the Dyson dilemma. The channel's main focus is to speculate on how humanity or other hypothetical advanced civilizations may behave logistically, technologically, and socially, in the near and distant future under the laws of known science.[9]

The channel releases new episodes every Thursday, which to be around thirty minutes in length and are roughly organized into series:[17]

  • Advanced Civilizations
  • Alien Civilizations
  • Post Scarcity Civilizations
  • Civilizations at the End of Time
  • Cyborgs, Androids, Transhumanism & AI
  • Fermi Paradox
  • Interstellar Warfare
  • Megastructures
  • Upward Bound
  • Outward Bound

Arthur also collaborates with other YouTubers and science communicators.[18]

In Popular Media[edit]

  • A video of Arthur's, titled Upward Bound: Power Satellites, was featured in an article discussing the merits of space-based solar infrastructure, published by tech media website Singularity Hub.[19]


  1. ^ a b Eck, Joshua (26 October 2015). "SECRETARY HUSTED APPOINTS ISAAC ARTHUR TO THE ASHTABULA COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS". Ohio Secretary of State Media Center. Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ "SFIA Monthly Livestream: January 20, 2019 at c. 52min 12sec". YouTube. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ Brown, Leah (November 16, 2017). "Futurist Isaac Arthur predicts robots will replace white collar, not blue collar, jobs first". TechRepublic. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "GitHub 100k subscriber special". GitHub. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ Todd, Mark. "Geneve Resident's Science Program's a hit on youtube". Star Beacon. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Ashtabula County Board of Elections". Ashtabula County Board of Elections. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  7. ^ Todd, Mark (August 16, 2018). "Almost every issue approved for ballot". Star Beacon. Retrieved September 12, 2018. Isaac Arthur, board chairman, agreed. 'We’re going from a secured police station to Fort Knox,' he said.
  8. ^ Arthur, Isaac. "Megastructures (Original Summary Version)". YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b Arthur, Isaac. "Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur". Isaac Arthur - YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  10. ^ Sutter, Paul (January 18, 2018). "The Compendium of Doom, Part 2 (Collab w/ Issac Arthur)". Paul Sutter. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Author: Isaac Arthur". Universe Today. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Open Space: Live QA With Fraser Cain, Guest: Isaac Arthur". Space TV. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  13. ^ -, Nick, Matt, Dan, Luuk, Ryan. "HADES 9 Update: March 8, 2018". HADES 9. HADES 9. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  14. ^ Brown, Leah. "How disruptive technologies shape the way we work". TechRepublic. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  15. ^ Brown, Leah. "Far-future tech: How to build a solar megastructure". TechRepublic. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  16. ^ Todd, Mark (July 30, 2018). "Geneva resident's science programs a hit on YouTube". Star Beacon. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  17. ^ Arthur, Isaac. "Home -". Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur, LLC. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  18. ^ Cain, Fraser. "Colonizing the Solar System". Universe Today. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  19. ^ Nankivell, Kirk (2018-12-31). "Why the Future of Solar Power Is from Space". Singularity Hub. Retrieved 2019-05-03.

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