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CSI and Imagining Possible Futures on Public Radio

This article originally appeared on ASU News Ed Finn, director of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English, was featured on the public radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge, in an episode titled “Imagining Possible Worlds,” about science […]

ASTC 2013 Keynote – A Conversation with Neal Stephenson

The Association of Science-Technology Centers, a global organization of science centers and museums dedicated to increasing public engagement with science, hosted their annual conference for 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. Neal Stephenson and Ed Finn participated in a keynote dialog on October 21 about Project Hieroglyph, founded by Neal and headquartered at ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

During the conversation, Neal and Ed discuss the history and mission of Project Hieroglyph and Neal’s Tall Tower project, the power of storytelling to inspire people about science and technology, and the ongoing tension between dystopian thinking and Project Hieroglyph’s quest for thoughtfully optimistic visions of the future. The conversation was moderated by Alex Zwissler, Executive Director and CEO of the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA.

Hieroglyph

Hieroglyph

Hieroglyph, a collaboration with Neal Stephenson, teams up authors with scientists, engineers and other researchers to write science fiction stories that envision a near future radically changed by technological innovation. The project aims to break out of the gloomy, dystopian rut that dominates so many of our visions of the future by inspiring people to think critically and creatively about science, technology and society. CSI hosts an online platform that enables quick, easy collaboration between writers and researchers and invites broad public participation. Hieroglyph is currently assembling an anthology of fiction and non-fiction under contract with HarperCollins.