When seen from the perspective of something that we can imagine, aspire to, and begin to design, the future reveals what exquisite and astonishing creatures we are. The fact that we can break away from the constraints of time’s arrow and create a tomorrow that is different from today is quite astounding.
Add to this our sense of justice and responsibility, our capacity to empathize with others, and our growing ability to map a course between what we know and what we imagine could be, and it becomes clear that we have the means to build a future that far exceeds the limitations of the present.
What hangs in the balance is whether we have the will to embrace this path forward.
From Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow
Andrew Maynard is a scientist, author, futurist, and professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He studies the future and how our actions influence it.
Future Rising: A Journey from the Past, to the Edge of Tomorrow
This is is possibly the most personal and important book I’ve written
— Andrew Maynard
Future Rising takes readers on a journey that explores the nature of our relationship with the future, and our responsibility to it. It’s an admittedly eclectic journey, touching on everything from the physics of the universe to the nature of art, and ultimately to what it means to be human. But as we face an increasingly uncertain future, it’s an incredibly important one.
The Future of Food
A talk on Soylent Green, complex systems, and the future of food, given at Geography 2050 in New York City, November 2022
ChatGPT and Responsible Innovation
I asked Open AI’s ChatGPT about responsible innovation. This is what I got.
Exploring responsible innovation
An extremely wide ranging conversation with Xiao Han Drummond on responsible innovation and the future
Season 3 of Mission: Interplanetary
Andrew once again joins former astronaut Cady Coleman for season three of this ground-breaking podcast about the future of humans in space.
56 Stunning AI Art Images
Images generated from the prompt “Will we be able to design and create synthetic consciousness in the future?”
AI Friend or Foe?
Is artificial intelligence an asset or a risk as we strive to build a better future?
Jurassic World and Responsible Innovation
Jurassic World: Dominion may fall short on the science, but it’s social commentary is worth heeding.
Top Ten Technologies
Scientific American and the World Economic Forum recently published their tenth annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies. I’ve been privileged to be an advisor and contributor to the list from the get-go.
Why Soylent Green Got 2022 So Wrong
I should like the 1973 film Soylent Green — but as we reach the year it’s set in, I have some issues with it! Writing for Slate.
Enter the Metaverse
As Facebook and other companies embrace the metaverse, it’s time t explore what it is and wehat it means for the future. A conversation with PBS Horizon’s Ted Simons
How to Make the World a Better Place
How do you create value that’s meaningful to you? And what happens when you hit roadblocks despite your best intentions? From the 2020 KEEN National Conference
Relationship Building with the Future
Ten ways we can build a better relationship with the future, from reveling in our cerativity to designing with humility (World Economic Forum)