Films from the Future was written for a broad public audience, but was conceived in part to accompany an undergraduate course in the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Because of this, it’s ideally suited as either the main text for high school and university courses, or as a resource for courses addressing responsible science, engineering, and technology, and technology ethics.
All the resources provided here are available for use under a creative commons license, and their use is encouraged. For more information, please contact Andrew Maynard at andrew.maynard@ASU.edu
TRENDS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COVERED IN THE BOOK
Films from the Future focuses on a number of emerging trends in science and technology, together with a handful of principles and perspectives that help make sense of these emerging trends.
To help use the book on high school and college-level courses, twenty areas in science and technology that the book addresses are highlighted here, along with the relevant book chapters that address them.
The list is the perfect starting point for using passages in the book in the classroom to introduce new technologies and new ideas.
TECHNOLOGY ETHICS AND FILMS FROM THE FUTURE
Films from the Future uses science fiction movies to explore technology ethics and the the often-complex dynamic between people, society, and cutting-edge science and technology.
RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Going beyond technology ethics, Films from the Future explores the challenges and the opportunities associated with the socially responsible development and use of emerging science and new technologies.
EXAMPLE SYLLABUS (UNDERGRADUATE)
This is the syllabus used in the Arizona State University course FIS 338: The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future. The course is a 15 week, three credit course that uses a combination of readings from the book, in-class movie watching and discussion to explore emerging trends in science and technology, their potential societal impacts, and factors affecting ethical and responsible innovation.
The syllabus is provided under Creative Commons License CC BY-SA-4.0 (Share— copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. Adapt— remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially)
This is an approach to viewing movies that increase the opportunities for them to stimulate new ideas and insights, without detracting from the sheer enjoyment of watching them. It’s an approach that’s used to great effect in the ASU Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future course.
Chapter by chapter discussion questions based on the book Films from the Future, for class and book club/reading group use. These are designed to kick-start interesting conversations, but are just a starting point for getting more out of the book!
MOVIES FEATURED IN THE BOOK
Films from the Future is based around twelve science fiction movies (14 if you include the “bonus” movies in the first and last chapters!).
Together, these are used to tell a story about emerging and converging technologies, the opportunities they present, and the challenges of developing and using them in ethical and socially responsible ways.