Future Tense is the collaboration among Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University.

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Jan. 27 2011 10:26 AM

What is Future Tense?

The collaboration among Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University.

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Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, Arizona State University, and the New America Foundation that focuses on emergent technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy. It includes articles, research papers, and conferences.

See our latest series of Future Tense articles:

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dragon: Fears of synthetic biology are overblown," by Andrew Hessel. Posted Feb. 3, 2011.

"Space StasisWhat the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation," by Neal Stephenson. Feb. 2, 2011.

" The Sins of Syn Bio: How synthetic biology will bring us cheaper plastics by ruining the poorest nations on Earth," by Jim Thomas. Feb. 2, 2011.

" The Myth of Government Neutrality: The subtle, obscure, and legalistic ways the government regulates the Internet," by Bruce Gottlieb. Feb. 1, 2011.

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" Faking Organisms: How can we govern the garage biologists who are tinkering with life?" By William Saletan. Posted Feb. 1, 2011.

"Save the Internet by Doing Nothing: Governments should butt out of Internet regulation, because the Internet will civilize itself," by Larry Downes. Posted Jan. 28, 2011.

"The Purpose of Science Fiction: How it teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology," by Robert J. Sawyer. Posted Jan. 27, 2011.

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