Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. Named as
one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology, his work
explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and
one another. He has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He is
also a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at
CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. His recent book is Team
Human, based on his podcast of the same name.
August Cole is a science-fiction author whose works explore the future of conflict through various forms of
fictional intelligence storytelling. His work has taken him all across the work from speaking at the Nobel
Institute in Oslo, to presenting on the future of warfare at SXSW Interactive to lecturing at West Point. He is
also a non-resident fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at Marine Corps University
and a non-resident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.
Chris Noessel is the Senior Lead Designer for the Embedded Business Agent AI at IBM. He is the co-author of
Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction and The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th
Edition. As a public speaker, he has given talks all around the world on topics such as interaction design for AI,
interactive narrative, information visualization, future of technology, and sci-fi interfaces.
Alida Draudt is human-centered business strategist, applied futurist and author on strategic foresight.
Currently, she is the Strategy Director at AKQA, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Foresight at the
California College of Arts. Through her work with the Threatcasting Lab – a collaboration between the Army
Cyber Institute and Arizona State University – and numerous independent works, Alida has looked at futures
and implications that span societal, political, environmental, economic, and technological implications. She is
also the co-author of What the Foresight, a book that promotes accessible ways for everyone to think better
about their futures.
Laura Moy is a public interest technology policy lawyer and Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.
She is also the Director of Georgetown Law’s Communications & Technology Law Clinic, and Associate Director
of the Centre on Privacy & Technology, a think-tank at the law school that does research and advocacy on
issues that intersect technology and civil rights. In her role as a policy expert, she has written, spoken, and
advocated before agencies and Congress on consumer privacy, law enforcement surveillance, data security,
device portability, copyright, and net neutrality
Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Before taking this role, she
has been the EFF’s Legal Director and it’s General Counsel. She was named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power
& Influence TOP 50 list, honoring influential persons of 2020. She was named as one of America’s Top 50
Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. Ms. Cohn is considered one of the experts handling legal issues arising from
the secretive government spying programs work.
Maureen “Mo” Johnson-Leon is a public scholar, community organizer and creator whose works span public
health policy, infectious disease research, data and tech ethics, democracy, equity and cooperative
governance of multi-stakeholder community-based research projects. She is currently focused on data equity
in pandemic response in collaboration with the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, and on
mixed methods survey research with the Rural Pandemic Modeling group at the University of Idaho.
Bruce Sterling is a technical commentator, design futurist and science-fiction author. His works include Man-
Made Self (1976), Schismatrix (1985), Islands in the Net (1988), and Heavy Weather (1994). He is one of the
founders of the cyberpunk movement in sci-fi and also the chief ideological promulgators of the subgenre. His
novelettes Bicycle Repairman(1996) and Taklamakan(1998) have won Hugo Awards. Since 2003, he has
blogged at Beyond the Beyond, hosted by Wired alongside contributions to other publications such as the
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Eye and Monad.
– Mechanomorphism – https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mechanomorphism
– Wintermute from Neuromancer (1984) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromancer/
– The Terminator (1984) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/
– Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet(1956) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_the_Robot/
– Understanding Data Bias – https://towardsdatascience.com/survey-d4f168791e57/
– Predictive Policing in Oakland – https://statescoop.com/oakland-calif-set-to-ban-predictive-policingbiometric-surveillance-tools/
– The Beachcomber of Novi Kotor – https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/artificial-labor/140675/thebeachcomber-of-novi-kotor/
– Robot Artists and Black Swans : The Italian Fantascienza Stories –
– The Task Lamp – https://bruces.medium.com/the-task-lamp-by-bruce-sterling-2019-d4e4c03044a0/