Garreau will participate in "Facts or Hype: What is the Media Telling us about Nano and Other New Technologies," on Friday, March 19. Sponsored by The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, the free discussion is from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and also features former reporter Joe Kullman, media relations officer for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU.
Garreau and Kullman will debate the news media's reporting of the emergence of nanotechnology, whether the media is guilty of hype and emphasizes more of the risks than the benefits, and if it matters that the public understands science and technology.
For more information, contact Gretchen Gano, at Gretchen.email@example.com or at 480-727-9498.
Garreau, who joined the College in 2010, and also is an Affiliated Faculty Member, ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, is a student of culture, values and change. He is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies, and What It Means to Be Human, a look at the hinge in history at which we have arrived. As director of The Prevail Project, he will build upon a Radical Evolution concept that the Prevail Scenario - the humanistic possibility that we can control and direct this future - might be encouraged. The idea is that if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) can accelerate the technological future into being, perhaps the same can be done for the responses of our societies. Garreau also is Co-director of the ASU-New America Foundation Partnership and a Thrust Group Leader for "The Seven Horizons Project" of the ASU Consortium on Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security.