Emerge 2014: Carnival of the Future

Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014 will be a “Carnival of the Future” – a radically creative, playful and challenging approach to the future world we actually want to make. It will feature massively public, evening-long adventures under a big tent showcasing cutting-edge performance and swarming, flying technology along with incisive visions of the future that obliterate the traditional boundaries between engineering, arts, sciences and humanities. The Carnival of the Future will be held in Downtown Phoenix on Friday, March 7th, on 3rd Street between Garfield Street and Roosevelt Street. RSVP now!

The theme for Emerge 2014 is “The Future of Me,” for we find ourselves at a challenging intersection:

Individuals have never had so much power – from Edward Snowden challenging nation states, to Bill Gates personally deciding to eradicate polio. Medicine is personalized, learning platforms are personalized, and entrepreneurs run global businesses out of their smartphones.

At the same time, individuals have become nothing more than tiny motes in networked systems that are so staggering in complexity as to be beyond understanding, much less control. The idea of individual human agency seems fanciful in a world of Big Data and ubiquitous surveillance.

Emerge 2014 challenges engineers, artists, scientists, designers, story tellers, ethicists, humanists, makers and futurists to explore questions of individuality, autonomy and freedom, as well as control, automation and facelessness.

And we don’t just talk about the future. We make it. Projects showcased at the Carnivals will receive an award of up to $10,000 to build, document and exhibit their work. In addition, year-round, Emerge will host project updates, demos, and inspirational presentations at ASU’s Tempe campus and on the Emerge Channel.

Join us!


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