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.

Towers Invading the Skies


When designing the world’s tallest skyscrapers, there are important factors that absolutely must be considered. What materials are needed to keep a 200-story building from collapsing? Can balconies and gardens prevent buildings from oscillating under extreme wind conditions? Will carbon cables be strong enough to provide elevator traffic in these colossal towers? Check out this […]