A story about geoengineering, billionaire hubris, and “altruistic” narcissism.
Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy and society.
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The partnership provides insightful, timely, and unexpected analysis at the intersection of technology and society through written commentary and live events in Washington, D.C. and beyond.
[ONLINE] – North America’s Semiconductor Moment
Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 highlighted North America’s dependence on semiconductors made in Asia. In response, the U.S. has committed $52 billion through the CHIPS and Science Act to bring home advanced semiconductor manufacturing and improve supply chain resilience. Mexico’s geographic proximity, strong manufacturing sector, and favorable terms of trade uniquely position it to join the U.S.-led global semiconductor supply chain reshuffling. But can Mexico seize the moment? Join Future Tense and ASU’s Convergence Lab to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead.
[ONLINE] – “Data Driven” with Karen Levy
Join author Karen Levy, a 2019 New America Fellow, for a conversation about her new book Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance and the role of data collection in broader systems of social control.
Future Tense Fiction
A series of original science fiction stories crafted by leading authors, exploring how science and technology will change our lives in the future. Each story is paired with a response essay by an expert in a related field.
By Jeff Hewitt
A story about a copyright lawsuit against a prolific A.I. author.
A story about a dinner party, an accident, AI, and the slipperiness of ethics.
A story about brain-computer interfaces, privacy, and education.
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