Future Tense: emerging technologies, society, and policy.

What Is Future Tense?

The citizen’s guide to the future.
March 13 2012 12:41 PM

What Is Future Tense?

A partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University on emerging technologies, public policy, and society.

Future Tense is the citizen’s guide to the future.

A partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University, Future Tense explores emerging technologies, policy, and society. Rather than looking at the tech specs of the hot new gadget (which will be obsolete in a few months), Future Tense looks at the technologies that will soon change the way we live our lives: robotics, information and communication technologies, synthetic biology, augmented reality, space exploration, and more. Future Tense also examines the policy challenges presented by these breakthroughs: How can legislators properly regulate technologies they can’t even understand? Further, how can we encourage innovation and research that will make a difference in society?

Future Tense asks these questions through live events with policymakers, scientists, journalists, and interested members of the public, held primarily in Washington, D.C. In addition, there is daily Future Tense content published on Slate.


To get Future Tense articles and learn about events, sign up for our weekly newsletter or RSS feed. You can also follow us on Twitter and read the daily Future Tense blog. A full list of events can be found on the New America Foundation's website.

  Slate Plus
Aug. 26 2015 12:11 PM Slate Voice: “Space Invaders” Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin.