Robots taking over humanity. Nanotech blobs eating everything in sight. Technology eroding personal relationships. Genetic engineering creating designer babies. Science fiction, professional futurists, and armchair prophesying suggest that the future is terrifying. The solution: a happy hour.
Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University hosted "Fear of the Future," a Future Tense event, on Dec. 1. While guests enjoyed drinks and snacks, they listened to a discussion about our long history of fretting about technological advance, featuring Slate writer William Saletan, who covers the ethics of technological and scientific progress; Arizona State's Joel Garreau, author of "Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies - And What It Means To Be Human;" and Brian David Johnson, a futurist with Intel and the author of "Science Fiction Prototyping" and "Screen Future."
Listen to audio of the entire event: