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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.


The Trolley Solution

By Shiv Ramdas
A short story about a college professor pitted against a machine.


How Will We Learn in the Future?

Apr 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm (EDT)

Online Event
How will learning experiences of all kinds will be shaped by technology and other forces in the future? Join science fiction authors Leigh Alexander, Simon Brown, and Shiv Ramdas, and Punya Mishra, educational researcher and head of ASU's Learning Futures project, for a conversation about rethinking education.

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