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Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife

By Fernanda Santos
Two and a half years after he died, I gave his iPhone to our daughter.

FUTURE TENSE FICTION

The State Machine

By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
A short story about a government run entirely by machines.

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Stories of Algorithmic Justice

Oct 14, 2020 | 12:00 pm (EDT)

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How might AI transform understandings of personhood, governance, and the redress of past racial injustice? Join Future Tense and the Center for Science and Imagination for a conversation with science fiction authors Holli Mintzer, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne.

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