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Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:45am
If 2012 was the year of the Massive Open Online Course, according to the New York Times, 2013 was something of a reality check. MOOCs were meant to give people all over the United States (and the world) access to the best lecturers and classes from some of America's top universities. But their first iterations have been beset with problems--lack of student engagement, high dropout rates--leading critics to question their long-term value.

From Nowhere to Nobels: Pathways to Success for Women in STEM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 11:45am
Women now hold more than half of all American jobs, but they still make up less than twenty-five percent of the science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM workforce. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to the male-dominated field of computer science. Only last year a Yale study revealed that scientists at six major research institutions were more likely to favorably view a male job candidate than a woman with the same qualifications. Yet women are graduating in increasing numbers with STEM degrees, so why does this gender gap persist?

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:00pm
In China, online critics write in code to spread the truths their government wants to hide. In Cuba, bloggers band together to get a fellow activist out of jail. And in Russia, a lone blogger launches online campaigns against the country’s most powerful companies, and rises to become the most prominent opposition figure since the fall of the Soviet Union.

New America NYC: Breaking the Heart Into Bits

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 6:30pm


Cryptocurrencies: The New Coin of the Realm?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:15pm
In 2009, the mysterious and pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto launched Bitcoin, the world’s first online cryptocurrency. Backed by no government or hard assets, the currency’s value has skyrocketed and plunged repeatedly. And yet, a diverse group of entrepreneurs, businesses and would-be money launders has followed Bitcoin’s trajectory avidly.  The receptivity indicates a real demand for an Internet-centric medium of exchange, without banks and without fees.

Just How Broken Is the Patent System?

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 8:45am

*Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until further notice. 

Future Tense Presents 'My Favorite Movie' Jaws

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:30pm

Technology and the Future of America’s Waistline

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:15pm
In the face of high rates of obesity, technologies have been developed to encourage exercise, monitor eating habits, and help people manage their weight. Personal data tracking tools have empowered people to know more about their bodies and lifestyles than ever before, and advances in biological sciences could expand still further. At the same time, many of us spend our days sitting in cars and at computers. Our communities aren’t designed for walking, and our junk food is engineered to be addictive. How will advances in science and technology shape the future of America’s waistline?

The Great Texas Wind Rush

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:15pm

How did Texas—the state with the most oil rigs—end up an American leader in wind farming?


The Future of Longevity

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 9:00am

Human longevity is drastically increasing. In the coming years,  it seems possible that we will live out our extra years or even decades in vitality and good health. But will we be able to keep pace? In an age of rapid technological and scientific progress, our communities, politics, and economic institutions are underprepared for the coming challenge of longer human lives. If the average lifespan extends to 100 or even 150, what will it mean for marriage, the work force, and personal financial planning? What about the economy and entitlement programs?

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