Director, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America, and Slate Magazine, and co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas, and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore the workings of imagination, digital culture, 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, 2017) and co-editor of several other books, including Future Tense Fiction (Unnamed Press, 2019), Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, 2017), and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, 2014). He holds a PhD in English and American literature from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.

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