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Inventions of Desire: A Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future

March 30 at 7:00 p.m.

We are living in the most technologically advanced time in human history. Driven by a near-insatiable desire for invention, we are reprogramming biology, creating machines that think for themselves, and even redesigning ourselves in ways that far transcend our evolutionary roots. We are on a roller-coaster of invention that is, quite literally, the ride of our lives. And the faster we go, the harder it’s getting to keep to the tracks.
Drawing on his new book Films from the Future and featuring clips from movies that include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jurassic Park, Transcendence, and Contact, Andrew Maynard will take you on a journey into our “inventions of desire,” and the challenges and opportunities they present as we strive to build a better future.

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard is author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, director of Arizona State University’s Risk Innovation Lab, and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Agile Governance, and a contributor to the Forum’s annual review of the top 10 emerging technologies (most recently published in Scientific American). Andrew is a leading expert on technological convergence and socially responsible innovation, and he has written extensively on risks and benefits of technologies ranging from nanotechnology and synthetic biology to artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. He previously served as the chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the University of Michigan, and he graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1992 with a PhD in physics.