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Edward Finn

Director, Center for Science and Imagination; Assistant Professor, School of Arts, Media + Engineering; and Department of English


Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press, spring 2017) and co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, spring 2017) and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, 2014). He completed his PhD in English and American Literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.

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Finn, Edward. 2015. "Imagining Climate – How science fiction holds up a mirror to our future."

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Finn, Edward and Zachary, G. Pascal (Gregg). 2015. Living Tomorrow. Intel Foundation, Society for Science & the Public, ASU Center for Science & the Imagination.

Finn, Edward and Wiek, Arnim. September 12, 2012. "Envisioning the Nano City: How Will it Look." Talk. CNS-ASU Science Cafe, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ.

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