Today Slate is launching the aggregation blog for Future Tense, a joint project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Future Tense, which we like to think of as “the citizen’s guide to the future,” explores how emerging technologies are shaping—and will shape—society and public policy. What will nanotech, biotech, robotics, and more mean for you in the next decade? What are the ethical puzzles and policy hurdles we’ll have to grapple with?
On the Future Tense blog, we’ll be collecting the day’s most interesting news, opinion, and video. Instead of just looking at cool consumer technology, recent science press releases, and experiments that may never make it out of the lab, though, we’ll be focusing on the stories that highlight the big questions raised by game-changing innovations.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?