Anticipating the Future: Historical Narratives, Imagination, and Innovation

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Please join us as the Science History Institute for "Anticipating the Future: Historical Narratives, Imagination, and Innovation." Hosted and paneled by our staff and research fellows, this program will explore tools and methods drawn from history that can help us to generate more inclusive conversations about technologies of today and tomorrow. While new and emerging innovations in science and technology often appear to present unique and unprecedented challenges, many of the social, ethical, and political challenges they present have historical precedents. Here, we explore avenues for engagement and reflection that can enable discussion, deliberation, and decision making between those inside as well as outside the lab.

Our program will offer an in-depth look at how the Institute chooses research projects, the methods in which we undertake the projects, and how we hope our projects will be used to educate and foster dialogue amongst communities—not just academics and professionals, but civic activists, committee members, and neighborhood associations. Our research allows us to imagine our future in an innovative manner: understanding how the past came to influence our present and how we are shaping our present to impact the future.

Program and registration details can be found here. For more information, please contact Samantha Blatt at 

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