Emerge 2012: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future

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Actors interact with audience members as part of Immerge, an immersive performance accompanied by video projection, motion sensing technology and live music, at Arizona State University's inaugural Emerge event on March 3, 2012.

Global leaders from industry and creative practice will join distinguished ASU faculty and talented students for hands-on workshops as well as the Digital Culture Festival which includes exhibits, interactive shows and live presentations. ASU and Emerge are proud to present a line-up of world class keynote speakers for the conference-closing keynotes session including noted writers, designers and futurists such as Stewart Brand (The Whole Earth Discipline), Bruce Sterling (The Difference Engine, Beyond the Beyond), Sherry Turkle (Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other), Bruce Mau (Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Massive Change Network), Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Reamde) and ASU President Michael Crow.

Emerge aims to present some of the futures being created in ASU labs and use these as the fuel for reflecting on what kind of future do we want to make? This is our exciting, mind-boggling question. Faced with the accelerating pace of change in our lives, Emerge asks: In what directions are science and technology heading? What kinds of societies, cities, homes, even people will they lead to? And, most important, is that what we – the people – want?