An unparalleled campus-wide collaboration, “Emerge” unites artists, engineers, bio scientists, social scientists, storytellers and designers to build, draw, write and rethink the future of the human species and the environments that we share.

Industry leaders and prominent authors and futurists will join ASU faculty and selected students for an intense exploration of emerging technology and the implications of those breakthroughs for people and environments.

“This is a time for humanists, artists and designers to leave their ivory tower and seek to integrate their knowledge in interdisciplinary teams that design the future,’’ said Thanassis Rikakis, a professor and director of the ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and one of the principal organizers of the event.

The three-day conference has attracted such internationally prominent changemakers and futurists as author Bruce Sterling (“Beyond the Beyond”), Sherry Turkle (“Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other”), Bruce Mau (“Incomplete Manifesto for Growth,” “Massive Change Network”), Neal Stephenson (“Snow Crash,” “The Diamond Age,” “Reamde”) and Stewart Brand (“The Whole Earth Discipline”).

“I’m amazed at the nerve we seem to have hit with ‘Emerge.’ We have people flying in from all over the world and the country – on their own nickel – just to be part of it,’’ said Joel Garreau, a key conference organizer and Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. “We have a Nobel Prize winner who’s happy to be a participant in a workshop – not even its leader. And there he’ll be right next to extraordinarily talented students, faculty, and people from the community,” Garreau said.

“Emerge” is built around eight areas where ASU research is breaking new ground from disease destroyers to human enhancement. These Futures@ASU presentations will lead into interdisciplinary workshops where one of the most exciting results of the conference is expected to happen.

“Emerge” is sponsored at ASU by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the Office of the President, the Prevail Project of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the School of Sustainability, LightWorks, the Center for Nanotechnology and by Intel.

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Susan Felt,
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts