An Introduction to Thinking Differently about Technology, Society & The Future



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.


How our mastery of biological, physical and cyber “base code” is transforming how we think about the future

I’m sure that every generation has a point where its members believe they are at a pivotal point in human history. Sadly, generational exceptionalism rarely stands the test of time.

taking notes on paper

Why Risk Innovation is critical to the futures we aspire to

If there’s one thing we cannot escape as we look to the future, it’s risk. Risk is inevitable in a universe where past “causes” connect in complex and often unpredictable ways with future “effects,” and every action we take leads to reactions that are detrimental to someone in some way.

Sir David Attenborough in Chernobyl

David Attenborough’s Call to Action in A Life on Our Planet is Compelling, but Flawed

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.