Pizza and a Slice of Future

If you’re an undergraduate student at ASU, join us every Thursday at 5 PM in the Spring 2023 semester for pizza, good company, and mind-bending conversations about science, technology, and the future of being human

Starting Thursday January 26, and running to April 27.

No need to register — just swing by (and bring a friend)!

Where we meet:

Date: Thursdays between January 26 and April 27, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 102
Address: 800 S Cady Mall, Tempe AZ 85287-6002

Who’s invited

Pizza and a Slice of Future is intended for undergraduate students at ASU — we meet on the Tempe campus, but please join us if you’re from elsewhere at ASU (or even an online student) and are in the area.

Themes for Spring 2023

DateTheme
Jan 26Will brain tech make telepathy possible one day?
Feb 2 When can we expect the AI apocalypse?
Feb 9Sci-fi Movie quiz night
Feb 16Can technology make us smarter?
Feb 23Essential skills for futurists
March 2What’s the future of social media?
March 9Spring break – just hang out and eat Pizza
March 16If you could have a robot companion, would you?
March 23If you could be genetically engineered with one animal trait, what would it be?
March 30What’s your dream future technology?
April 6Sci-fi Movie Quiz night
April 13What’s your ideal future-tech job
April 20Can technology end war?
April 27What will life be like in 2122?

Community Norms

Pizza and a Slice of Future meetups are designed to be inclusive spaces where everyone feels welcome and comfortable, while feeling free to engage as little or as much as they want (from just eating pizza and listening to being at the center of a mind-bending conversation!)

There is an absolute expectation of being considerate to others and fostering an environment and community of care that is supportive, and that embraces and celebrates a diversity of thinking, perspectives, experience, expression, and beliefs.

Participants in meetups are expected to embrace the Future of Being Human Community Guiding Principles:

Obsessive Curiosity Reveling in the joy of discovery; finding awe and wonder in new knowledge; always asking questions and assuming there is more to learn, that conventional wisdom is transitory, and that intellectual and ideological humility are necessary for socially beneficial progress.

Radical Creativity Enthusiastically embracing unconventional, fantastic, and whimsical possibilities; imaginatively pushing the boundaries of how the future is envisioned; being excited by new ideas and visions—especially where they challenge established thinking; and fearlessly exploring where we are heading to and where we might end up as individuals and as a species.

Respectful Inclusivity Actively transcending conventional, implicit, and socialized perspectives of someone’s worth, value, and ability to make meaningful contributions to new ideas; recognizing that everyone has the potential to bring valuable insights to exploring the future of being human; having the humility to respectfully listen to and engage with people who look, think, believe, and behave differently; and embracing and celebrating difference.

Grounded exuberance Freely and joyfully exploring the fantastical and pushing at the boundaries of conventional thinking, while remaining grounded in the constraints that the universe we inhabit places on possibilities.

Catalytic Serendipity Deeply valuing the transformative nature of serendipitous insights and discoveries that arise from casual and unexpected situations, conversations, and interactions, and actively working to translate these into societally beneficial impacts.

If you have any questions, please email Andrew Maynard at andrew.maynard@asu.edu