Get the background scoop on Andrew Maynard’s book Films from the Future and what it has to say about future technologies and responsible innovation, with these articles, interviews, podcasts and videos.
VIDEOS, PODCASTS, RADIO
SCI-FI FROM THE FUTURE
Big Picture Science
Are you ready to defer all your personal decision-making to machines? Polls show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence. The possible misuse of genetic engineering also makes us anxious. We all have a stake in the responsible development of science and technology, but fortunately, science fiction films can help. [Listen here]
With Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley
FROM PRECOGS TO T-REX, SCI-FI FILMS TEACH US ABOUT THE ETHICS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
It’s said that good science fiction doesn’t tell you about the world of tomorrow: it reflects what is happening today. And it also tells us a lot about the evolving relationship between humanity and technology.
That’s what Andrew Maynard explores in his new book, Films from the Future: the Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. [Listen here]
WHAT SCIENCE FICTION CAN TEACH US ABOUT TODAY’S SOCIAL ISSUES
KJZZ’s The Show, with Steve Goldstein
For decades, science fiction has been one of the most impactful genres in film, tv and books — whether it’s because the topics include challenges to our humanity, concerns about a dystopian future or great action accompanied by moral questions. Our imaginations are often expanded and tested by what science fiction explores.
Maynard joined The Show to talk about his new book. [Listen here]
SCI-FI FROM THE FUTURE / FROM BONES TO CLONES
Blog Picture Science
Andrew Maynard, physicist and professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, discusses the films Jurassic Park (1993) and Never Let Me Go (2010). [Listen here]
SCI-FI FROM THE FUTURE / GENES AND JEANS
Blog Picture Science
Andrew Maynard, physicist and professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, discusses the films the films Inferno (2016) and The Man in the White Suit (1951). [Listen here]
SCI-FI FROM THE FUTURE / BRAIN BOOST VS AI
Blog Picture Science
Andrew Maynard, physicist and professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, discusses the films the films the films Limitless (2011) and Ex Machina (2014). [Listen here]
TRIANGULATION 408: FILMS FROM THE FUTURE
Jason Howell speaks with Andrew Maynard, professor in the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, about his book Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. They dive into his book discussing whether sci-fi films like Jurassic Park, Limitless, Ghost in the Shell, and Ex Machina is predicting or creating our future, responsible innovation, what Andrew finds really disturbing about AI, the ethics of Elon Musk’s Neuralink technology, and more.
TECH NEWS ROUNDUP WITH ANDREW MAYNARD
Charlie is thrilled to welcome Dr. Andrew Maynard (former physicist, professor in the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, leading expert in the responsible development of emerging and converging technologies, and Tech 2025 advisor) for our very first tech news roundup episode where we recap the news on the implementation and impact of emerging technologies (the good, the bad, and the ugly!). [Listen here]
FUTURE VISIONS, PAST REFLECTIONS
How do we think about the future in precarious, uncertain times? Can we garner insights from the past, drawing on the realms of religion, art and technology? Host Mary-Charlotte Domandi speaks to Jeffrey Cohen, ASU dean of Humanities, about his study of Noah’s Ark. She then talks about Shakespeare and race with Ayanna Thompson, ASU professor of English and president of the Shakespeare Association of America, and ASU Professor Andrew Maynard, who directs the Risk Innovation Lab and studies the future of innovation. [Listen here]
SCIENCE FICTION (EPISODE 26)
The Future Will Not Be Podcast
It’s hard to talk about gene manipulation, climate change, or artificial intelligence without boring or confusing most people. But a well-told story about an experiment gone horribly wrong goes great with popcorn, and poses ethical questions that anyone with a Netflix account can understand. We speak with Dr. Maynard about how good sci-fi can help us cope with future shock, why the rules of great storytelling are not beholden to scientific accuracy, and the key role fiction plays in our public discourse around technology ethics.[Listen here]
BALANCING THE SPEED OF INNOVATION AND REGULATION
Panel discussion with Andrew Maynard, William Eggars (Deloitte), Maureen Ohlhausen (Baker Botts LLP) and Evan Daniels (Office of the Arizona Attorney General).
History is rife with examples of innovation outpacing regulation. Listen to this discussion exploring the balance between business, regulators and citizens, innovative models to approach this balance, and how some jurisdictions are using regulation as a competitive advantage.
Risk Bites explores how science fiction movies can provide surprising insights into the ethics and risks of emerging technologies, and and how to get them right.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Q&A: Can Sci-fi Movies Help Us Avoid Technological Disaster?
In a new book, a renowned expert on the risks of emerging technologies uses sci-fi films as a road map for mitigating harm
By Dexter Johnson
ASU professor shoots for the moon with new science fiction book
The State Press
In a universe filled with flying cars, vibrantly colored space creatures and childlike-wonder, Andrew Maynard, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab, contributed to the world of science fiction with the release of his new book.
By Katelyn Reinhart
The 1995 Anime “Ghost in the Shell” is more relevant than ever in today’s technologically complex society
When the anime movie Ghost in the Shell was released in 1995, the world wide web was still little more than a novelty, Microsoft was just beginning to find its GUI-feet, and artificial intelligence research was in the doldrums.
Ghost in the Shell is one of twelve science fiction movies that feature in a new book that grapples with the complex intersection between emerging technologies and social responsibility.
By Andrew Maynard
With great technological power comes great responsibility, says ASU futurist
Gene-edited babies. In-home speakers that never stop recording. Social networks selling companies your personal … well, everything.
These are just some of the latest examples of how humans are pushing the boundaries of innovation in pursuit of scientific advancement and profit. They raise questions about the role of responsible innovation and how best to balance progress and corporate ambition with ethical behavior.
In his most recent book, “Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies,” Andrew Maynard, professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, looks at these questions through the lens of film. He shares with ASU Now why responsible innovation is needed now more than ever, and what movies can teach us about our relationship to technology and to each other.
The True Cost of Stain-Resistant Pants
The 1951 British comedy The Man in the White Suit anticipated our fears about nanotechnology.
By Andrew Maynard
Sci-Fi Movies Are the Secret Weapon That Could Help Silicon Valley Grow Up
Despite growing concerns that powerful emerging technologies could lead to unexpected and wide-ranging consequences, innovators are struggling with how to develop beneficial new products while being socially responsible. Part of the answer could lie in watching more science fiction movies.
By Andrew Maynard
A Must-Read for Digital Pioneers: “Films from the Future. The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies” by Andrew Maynard. A Review.
By Bas Boorsma
Maynard carefully navigates that larger space that serves as the arena of big and often controversial topics such artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation, overpopulation, climate change – among others. A space that gets defined by science, innovation, technology, organization and ethics. Maynard moderates, where others prescribe. He debunks myths and hypes by means of reasoning that is at times scientific, at times ethical and always honest.
Tech businesses need to think differently about ethical and responsible innovation if they’re to thrive
By Andrew Maynard
Science fiction films alone aren’t enough to ensure socially responsible innovation. But they can help reveal profound societal challenges facing businesses and innovators, and possible ways to navigate them. And in a future where ignoring or overlooking the complex risk landscape around powerful new technologies and shifting social norms, expectations and behaviors can be a game-changer.
Q&A with author Andrew Maynard on Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies
Author Andrew Maynard talks about the motivation behind and the content of his new book Films from the Future.