Posts by Andrew Maynard
Co-Designing The Future
It’s easy to approach the future as a race to solve planetary problems as the consequences of human-drive climate change become increasingly evident. Yet such a planet-forward perspective runs the risk of discounting the importance of people as creators, inheritors, and beneficiaries of the future.
If we can’t manage a pandemic, how will we ever manage climate change?
Compelling as the case is for concerted global action to reduce carbon emissions and put into place more sustainable practices, there is a near-insurmountable problem standing between us and effective climate solutions: People.
Support a Student: Buy a Book!
Over the next year, thousands of people will be financially supporting students in Arizona State University’s College of Global Futures — not by giving directly, but by buying books!
We need to get more innovative in how we navigate the potential risks and benefits of artificial intelligence
Getting the ethics of artificial intelligence right is important. But are we becoming so obsessed with the rights and wrongs of AI that we’re taking our eye off the potential risks?
The College of Global Futures’ new home is taking shape, and it’s stunning!
In these images I try to capture the feel and spirit of ISTB7 as it comes together, and to convey something of the promise that it holds as a space for taking on the challenge of transforming the future.
Reason — A Window Into The Future
We talk a lot about the power of reason, and how important it is in making sound decisions in today’s world. But what is “reason” and how is it connected to the various futures we aspire to?
Together We Can Design the Future
If you have’t seen it yet, the College of Global Futures has a fabulous new promo video that captures the essence of what we’re about and how our three schools come together to make the whole more than the sum of the parts. The video is designed to convey the urgency and importance of what we do, and how we empower our students to be designers of the future we aspire to.
An Introduction to Thinking Differently about Technology, Society & The Future
This summer we took my science fiction movie-based course on socially responsible and ethical innovation online. This is an exciting departure from the in-person course, and one that has led to a number of innovations in how the course is taught. It’s also meant that I’ve needed to capture some of the essence of that course on video.
My students are learning about gain-of-function research — what should I tell them about COVID?
For over a year now there have been conspiracy theories swirling around that COVID was designed and engineered in a Chinese lab, that the research has its origins in the US, and even in some cases that Anthony Fauci–Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases–is the evil mastermind behind all of this! The timing here is especially relevant to me as I co-teach an undergraduate class on socially responsible and ethical innovation.