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Imagination: everyone knows you need it to change the world, but nobody really knows how it works.

In this podcast from Arizona State University, we chat with artists, writers, scientists and engineers to explore how imagination is viewed, valued, and practiced in their work.

The Imagination Desk Center for Science and Imagination

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Imagination: everyone knows you need it to change the world, but nobody really knows how it works.

In this podcast from Arizona State University, we chat with artists, writers, scientists and engineers to explore how imagination is viewed, valued, and practiced in their work.

    Introducing Imagining Intelligence with Brian David Johnson

    Introducing Imagining Intelligence with Brian David Johnson

    In this episode of the Imagination Desk, we sat down with ASU futurist in residence Brian David Johnson. In this chat, we talk with Brian about his work on artificial intelligence and introduce his new podcast called Sci-Fi House Presents Imagining Intelligence which premieres next week.

    • 24 min
    Katie Bouman

    Katie Bouman

    Katie Bouman is an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences, electrical engineering, and astronomy at Caltech in Pasadena, California. In this episode, we talk about scientific collaboration, imagination, and Katie’s work on the Event Horizon Telescope, which produced the first image of a black hole by combining insights and methods from signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and physics. 
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    This work was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant AKA-265705-19

    • 39 min
    Regina Kanyu Wang

    Regina Kanyu Wang

    Regina Kanyu Wang is a science fiction writer, researcher, and critic from Shanghai. She is now based at the University of Oslo, where she is part of the CoFUTURES project. In this conversation, we talk about the Chinese science fiction scene, its fan culture, and gender politics in the genre, as well as insights on Regina’s own recent writing—including how she builds nuance and complexity into her portrayals of AI and other technologies.
     
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    This work was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant AKA-265705-19
     

    • 43 min
    Moya Bailey

    Moya Bailey

    Moya Bailey is a Black queer feminist scholar, writer, and activist. She is the co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice and has a new book, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance, coming out May 2021. In this conversation, we talk about online communities of support and activism, racial inequalities in medicine, the healthcare system, artificial intelligence, and Moya's term misogynoir, which describes a specific form of discrimination experienced by Black women.
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    This work was supported in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities grant AKA-265705-19.
     

    • 40 min
    Troy L. Wiggins

    Troy L. Wiggins

    Troy L. Wiggins is a writer and editor with a focus on Black speculative fiction and social justice. 
    In this episode of The Imagination Desk, we chat with Troy about power of speculative art as a tool for Black people around the world to reckon with their realities, share their histories and imagine new worlds.

    • 39 min
    Ytasha Womack

    Ytasha Womack

    Ytasha Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, and on the imagination and its applications. In this conversation, we discuss her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, her film A Love Letter To The Ancestors From Chicago, and much more.

    • 39 min

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