Space Sprouts

Some of our favorite science fiction (like Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic Mars Trilogy) involves terraforming distant Earth-like planets in the hope of generating functional ecosystems and sustaining human life. But what’s wrong with the planetary bodies right in our own backyard? In 2015, NASA plans to launch the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat into space to […]

Social Robotic Therapy

Growing up is hard enough. Being a young child with autism is even more difficult. For those who have become frustrated with traditional treatments, there is hope. Social robots are more than tools for collecting data: they can be a real friend. Social robots serve as therapeutic instruments that are modified to fit the specific […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

D. Fox Harrell and His Phantasmal Media

Professor D. Harrell of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an artist, scientist, and computer programmer rolled into one. Through the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory, Harrell has dedicated his work as an artist-scientist to link imagination with computation. “Fantastic stories, rich metaphors, social relationships, and even our senses of self are all rooted in […]

Review: Digital Culture Showcase

On Friday, December 6 2013, ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering hosted the Digital Culture Showcase. The event featured unique and interactive projects created by students in the Digital Culture program. Students were encouraged to design projects and installations ranging from immersive environments and functioning prototypes to animated short films. For example, Digital Culture […]

Digital Culture Film: Storm Sisters

Three sisters—Altostratus, Cumulus and Cirrus—rule the sky, each in their own domain. However, when the girls start intruding on each other’s territories, the sky is off balance and it is the land below that must pay the price.

I created this 2D animated short for my Capstone project for ASU’s Digital Culture program during the Fall 2013 semester. It is often difficult to understand how our actions impact everyone around us. Just like the weather, our emotions and relationships with one another are constantly changing. “Storm Sisters” uses nature, sibling rivalry, and chaos theory to remind us all of our influence on each other and the world around us.

“Storm Sisters” debuted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at ASU’s Digital Culture Showcase.

Extinct, No More?


You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Fortunately, embryo cloning may help us to learn from our mistakes. Scientists are hoping to bring back (or should we say “resurrect”?) the bucardo mountain goat by making cloned embryos from frozen cells, which will be implanted into female goats. If the clones survive, these Spanish […]

Don’t Miss ASU’s Digital Culture Showcase!

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ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering will be hosting its Digital Culture Showcase on December 6, 2013 in Stauffer Hall, B-Wing on the ASU Tempe campus. During this event, students from the Digital Culture program will demonstrate their prototypes and inventions for a broad public audience. Projects include animated short films, interactive performances, sound […]

A Phone Designed to Last


Consumer technology does its best to make sure that products can be customized according to the taste of the user. But let’s be real for a moment. That brand new upgraded smartphone you just purchased has some great features, but the designers messed up some of what you loved about the last model. Well, what […]

5 Burning Questions: Bruce Sterling

In this episode of 5 Burning Questions, we talk with legendary science fiction author, design critic, editor and journalist Bruce Sterling. Bruce recorded this interview with us during his tenure as CSI’s inaugural Visionary in Residence. Among many other things, Bruce blogs for and is the de facto spiritual leader for ASU’s Emerge since its inception in 2012.