The Serendipity of Semiautonomous Systems
The MIT Press Podcast
What Algorithms Want – Future Out Loud Podcast
Future Out Loud Podcast
What Algorithms Want
In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm—in practical terms, “a method for solving a problem”—has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking.
Why Frankenstein is a Stigma Among Scientists
Peter Nagy, Ruth Wylie, Joey Eschrich, Ed Finn Science and Engineering Ethics Download article
Groton School Quarterly, Winter 2017
Power of social media: Erdogan’s smart use of a smartphone
By Ed Finn, CNN Opinion
Facebook Trending story: The Wizard of Oz algorithm
Stitching Together Creativity and Responsibility: Interpreting Frankenstein Across Disciplines
By Megan K. Halpern, Jathan Sadowski, Joey Eschrich, Ed Finn, and David H. Guston Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Algorithms Are Like Kirk, Not Spock
When technologists describe their hotshot new system for trading stocks or driving cars, the algorithm at its heart always seems to emerge from a magical realm of Spock-like rationality and mathematical perfection. Algorithms can save lives or make money, the argument goes, because they are built on the foundations of mathematics: logical rigor, conceptual clarity, and utter consistency. Math is perfect, right? And algorithms are made out of math.
What Algorithms Want
We spend an awful lot of time now thinking about what algorithms know about us: the ads we see online, the deep archive of our search history, the automated photo-tagging of our families. We don’t spend as much time asking what algorithms want.
We Can Build the Future
By Ed Finn, Computer, IEEE Computer Society 48
Using digital storytelling to grapple with scientific progress
Researchers at Arizona State University have received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to use the interactive, engaging nature of digital narratives to invite deeper conversations about questions of scientific creativity and responsibility.
The Internet of Slow Things
Higher education is obsessed with 3-D printing. Makerspaces and fab labs are sprouting like extruded weeds on college campuses, and everyone from business school deans to librarians are asking how 3-D printing and fabrication can be implemented in teaching.
Published as part of a series of short stories and essays over at Medium.com’s magazine Matter on climate change, climate fiction, and how to survive the future. Check out the
Apocalypse Moon: Neal Stephenson on his new novel, Seveneves, and the future of humanity
An interview with Neal Stephenson about his new novel, Seveneves, humanity’s resilience, and more.
An Interview With Margaret Atwood
Climate fiction, or “cli fi,” can be a dreary genre. Storytellers like to make a grim business of climate change, populating their narratives with a humorless onslaught of death, destruction, drowned monuments, and starving children. Margaret Atwood is the conspicuous exception, somehow managing to tackle the subject, including these familiar elements, with deadpan wit and an irreverent playfulness, making it both more interesting and believable. The flood is coming, her MaddAddam trilogy promises, but there is hope.
Project Hieroglyph Book Launch: Phoenix, AZ
Launch event for Project Hieroglyph’s first anthology, Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (HarperCollins, 2014) at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ on October 22, 2014.
New Book Explores Science Fiction Turned Reality
The Inspiration Drought
Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future
This anthology unites twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff.