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Emerge attracts futurists to collaborate with scientists, designers artists is redesign of future
Date:2/24/2012

Singular questions about what it means to be human in the face of emerging technologies will be explored March 1-3 when Arizona State University hosts Emerge.

An unparalleled campus-wide collaboration, Emerge unites artists, engineers, bio scientists, social scientists, story tellers and designers to build, draw, write and rethink the future of the human species and the environments that we share.

Leaders from industry and prominent authors and futurists will join ASU faculty and selected students for an intense exploration of emerging technology and the implications of those breakthroughs for people and environments.

"This is a time for humanists, artists and designers to leave their ivory tower and seek to integrate their knowledge in interdisciplinary teams that design the future,'' said Professor Thanassis Rikakis, director of the ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and one of the principal organizers of the event.

The three-day conference has attracted such internationally prominent change makers and futurists as author Bruce Sterling (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 Stewart Brand (The Whole Earth Discipline).

"I'm amazed at the nerve we seem to have hit with Emerge. We have people flying in from all over the world and the country on their own nickel just to be part of it,'' said Joel Garreau, a key conference organizer and Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. "We have a Nobel Prize winner who's happy to be a participant in a workshop not even its leader. And there he'll be right next to extraordinarily talented students, faculty, and people from the community," Garreau said.

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Contact: Susan Felt
susan.felt@asu.edu
480-965-0478
Arizona State University
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