Pizza and a Slice of Future

Are you intrigued by emerging trends in technologies like AI, brain-machine interfaces, gene-editing, and others; curious about what the future holds for being human as these technologies become increasingly powerful; and looking for opportunities to hang out with others with similar interests? Join us for Pizza and a Slice of Future — every Thursday at 5 PM while classes are on.

Hosted by Professor Andrew Maynard and the ASU Future of Being Human initiative, Pizza and a Slice of Future is an opportunity to hang out with other ASU undergrads who enjoy talking about tech and the future … all while eating pizza! We meet in the Future of Being Human community room in ISTBX 102, and relax, hang out, eat pizza, and talk about some of the most intriguing topics around technology, the future, and being human!

Note that this is not an official club, but a casual weekly meetup hosted by the Future of Being Human initiative. It’s also possible to get credit for attending (and doing a little extra work) — see the link below.

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Spring 2024 Schedule:

DateTopic
Aug 22    Will your BFF be a humanoid robot in the future?
Aug 29Will all parents be required to genetically screen embryos one day?
Sept 5Will all parents be required to genetically screen embryos one day?
Sept 12     Is boredom necessary for human flourishing?
Sept 19    Are humans behind the wheels of cars really a good idea?
Oct 3    What’s the future of brain computer interfaces?
Oct 10Are we living in a simulation?
Oct 17    Open discussion – What’s on your mind?
Oct 24   What does cellular life after death mean for how we think of death?
Oct 31Can technology make democracy more democratic?
Nov 7   Will AI psychedelics be a thing in the future?
Nov 14Is the technological singularity impossible or inevitable?
Nov 21Will eating turkeys be considered immoral in the future?
Nov 28No Class – Thanksgiving
Dec 5When will we get flying cars?

Where we meet:

Date: Thursdays (excluding holidays)
Time: Between 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (come by whenever)
Location: ISTBX (formerly Wrigley Hall) Room 102
Address: 800 S Cady Mall, Tempe AZ 85287-6002

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