This may sound like an odd question, but it’s surprising how often we barrel ahead trying to build a better future without pausing to think about what it is, and how this affects our relationship with it.
What, you might ask, have advanced brain machine interfaces got to do with global futures?
Quite a lot as it turns out!
A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a discussion on the the governance and ethics of brain machine interface technologies in a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Science, Technology and the Law (my comments are at the end of this article). This was a scoping discussion to get a sense of the potential issues here that may need to be addressed moving forward, and was prompted in part by the developments coming out of Elon Musk’s company Neuralink. Continue reading →
If you haven’t yet seen David Attenborough’s new Netflix documentary A Life on Our Planet, you should. As a self-described “witness statement” on the state of our world from one of the most widely traveled and respected naturalists of our time, it’s sobering viewing. And its message deeply aligns with our mission in the College of Global Futures.
And yet for all its warnings of a planet in crisis, I found Attenborough’s perspective somewhat limited while watching the documentary, compelling as it is. Continue reading →
I wrote about Palantir a couple of years ago in Films from the Future, and given the company’s prominence this week, thought it was worth posting a short excerpt from the chapter below. Continue reading →
First posts on a new blog are always tricky – do you try and wow your audience with intellectual fireworks? Do you hit them with something unexpected and amazing? Or do you simply say “Hi” and hope they come back for something more substantive next time round?
Having done this numerous times in the past, I still have no idea what the right answer is, so I’m just going to jump right in and say hi and welcome to the brand new Dean’s Blog from the equally new ASU College of Global Futures, and say a bit about what you can expect from us. Continue reading →