The Coming Years: An Exploration of the Future
What will the world be like in 20 years, or in a hundred years? In this seminar, we will draw upon several disciplines (including anthropology, system dynamics, and fiction) to illuminate the possible future developments in science and technology, culture and lifestyles, and dominant paradigms and societies. The scope of the class will range from the effects of the internet over the next decade, to the worldwide political changes we can expect in the next century, to the feats of engineering that might emerge in the coming millennium.
It's a reading/discussion/modeling/project class, and it's going to be a *blast*! Pass the word! More information at http://www.existencia.org/future/. If you aren't an MIT student, tell me and I'll put you on my list.
Plus, I'm going to teach a three-part lecture series on "How to Stage a Revolution" some time in March! It's inspired by a seminar of that name taught this last semester, which apparently failed to give any practical advice on the question in question. My lectures will concentrate on cutting-edge technologies and methodologies for producing rapid culture-wide change, as well as suggestions and ethical considerations on what changes to push. Tell me now if you want to know when that's being scheduled.
Aaaand I'm giving a short talk at MathWorks (Makers of MATLAB) tomorrow about vocal technologies in Rock Band!