Campaign speeches are full of lofty promises about investments in new technology, cutting-edge science, and STEM education. Candidates from both parties champion the advancement of science and technology and also recognize scientific progress as a cornerstone of the American economy and way of life.
But when it comes to specific policies like federal support for scientific research, infrastructure, and education, the promises from both sides are often at odds. What becomes of these promises when they meet the harsh realities of economics and politics?
Join Future Tense/Delve Into ’12 in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for an in-depth look at the implications of science and tech policy from the campaign trail. The speakers at “It’s Science and Tech Policy, Stupid” will be Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Sheri Fink, Evolution of God author and Atlantic senior editor Robert Wright, Time magazine contributing writer Amanda Ripley, technology scholar and lawyer Marvin Ammori, and science and technology journalist Konstantin Kakaes, all of whom are fellows at the New America Foundation.
Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University.