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Can We Imagine Our Way to a Better Future?

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
It’s 2014 and we have no flying cars, no Mars colonies, no needle-less injections, and yet plenty of smartphone dating apps. Is our science fiction to blame if we find today’s science and technology less than dazzling? Inspired by Neal Stephenson’s 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” in which he argues that science fiction is failing to supply our scientists and engineers with inspiration, and the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, this event will explore a more ambitious narrative about what’s coming.

New America NYC: The Internet's Own Boy

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 6:30pm


NYC: The Future of Getting Lost

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:30pm


Digital Diplomacy and Proactive Monitoring: Challenges to Solutions

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:30pm
In today's increasingly connected world, proactive data monitoring makes it possible for organizations to listen to their communities and evaluate interactions, creating rich insights into digital engagement. But wonderful as these technologies are, there are challenges—especially when it comes to government use. Data monitoring can raise questions about privacy, what information the government is collecting, and how it is being used.

World Cup Party with Robots!

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:30pm

Future Tense celebrated the 2014 World Cup, complete with a demo of actual robots playing soccer, followed by the opening game on the big screen.

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.
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