Green Dreams

Cautions, Dreams & CuriositiesWhen we talk about sustainability, we tend to focus on the problems. We discuss deprivation and calamity. We anguish about cutting back and preparing for the worst. But sustainability can’t only be about what we should stop doing and enjoying because that’s a message nobody wants to hear.

Tomorrow Project, in collaboration with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination challenged students to envision the beauty of green: a fact-based, thoughtfully optimistic future powered by sustainable living, renewable energy and game-changing technologies.

Winning authors were awarded $200, furnished by the Center for Science and the Imagination, and had their work published in The Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities Anthology. Entries were judged by an editorial board composed of academic researchers, professional journalists and college students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The magic visions from The Green Dreams competition and the many others contained in this anthology have the power to shape our future. This collection brings together tomorrows from a wide range of ages and nationalities. We have contributions from world famous scientists and hardworking students. Some are written by New York Times Bestselling authors while most are from average people with a passion for tomorrow. Each captures a vision for the future, some sought after and some to be avoided. Each is a little piece of magic, a hope, a first step.

Always remember: You can change the future.

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Congratulations to the Prize Winners!

ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleNathan David Smith

For the Benefit of the People

“Yellowstone City” resident Vernon Moss attempts to offset his carbon output to win a contest to witness a rocket launch, a fuel-heavy enterprise in sharp contrast to the green eco-topia he lives and works in each day.

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ASU5_Watch Way River RunsVictoria Mulich

Watch the Way the River Runs

Traveling with less water than they needed, an adventurous duo is taken aback as nature keeps showing off her abundant waters without offering even a drop to quench their desperate thirst.

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ASU7_Rainmakers_CZach Berkson


Just because we’re able to use a technology doesn’t mean we can fully comprehend its effects. The government has begun to employ geoengineering as a finely tuned procedure – not merely to offset the effects of global warming, but to perfect the weather – allowing destructive agricultural practices to propagate.

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ASU9_Sustainable SuburbiaZöe Calhoun

Sustainable Suburbia

As showers in the warm Arizonian rain surrounded by native saguaro cacti seemed par for the course, Calhoun didn’t know how strange growing up in the “new urban” community of Civano was until going to college in less environmentally-minded Arkansas.

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Editorial Board

ASU provided the editorial board consisting of the following:

  • Rosalyn Berne, professor of science, technology and society at the University of Virginia and an expert on the convergence of technology, ethics and religion
  • Torie Bosch, editor of Slate magazine’s Future Tense project
  • Chanda Chisala, Zambia’s leading software programming expert and a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy
  • Cindy Frewen Wuellner, professor of future studies at the University of Houston and architect and owner at Frewen Architects Inc.
  • Peter Leyden, founding editor of Wired, founding director of the New Politics Institute and founder of Next Agenda, organizations that help political groups and think tanks leverage digital technology to share their message and connect with the public
  • Colin Milburn, Gary Snyder Chair in science and the humanities at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on the cultural relations between literature, science and technology
  • Alex Pang, professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz and futurist at SRI International, a research institute for government and business
  • Ludwig Siegele, technology correspondent for The Economist
  • Bryan Walsh, senior editor and environment blogger for Time
  • David Winton, co-founder of Winton/duPont Films, a filmmaker working primarily in the fields of technology and science
  • Seth Herron is currently a dual master’s student in Sustainability and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University, with research interests in the water/energy nexus, trade in virtual water, and the design of subsidy schemes for new energy technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film from Northwestern University.
  • Adrielle Munger is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University while writing her undergraduate thesis on the Faust Myth and the Internet. She hopes to pursue a master’s in Performance Studies after graduating in May 2013.

Other Conversations

An Illuminated Manuscript About Space Exploration, Science Fiction, and Physics

Slate 12/07/2014 – Joey Eschrich of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination commissions a thoroughly modern illuminated manuscript.

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Predicting the Future at Intel

Bloomberg TV 4/29/2013 – Tabitha Soren goes inside Intel and looks at how the company prepares its products for the future

Read More talks tech, new phone accessories at Macworld/iWorld

Macworld 4/2/2013 – The singer shows off his steampunk-inspired camera cases for the iPhone 4, 4s & 5. The cameras come with different attachments and allow you to upload your images to social media accounts.

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Futurist Brian David Johnson on Microchips and Why There is Nothing to Fear From Robots

Macleans 17/10/2012 – You can’t let the future happen to you, you can’t sit back and be passive—you need to be an active participant.

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Technology’s Future: Looking 20 Years Ahead with Intel

NBR 05/10/2012 - Brian David Johnson of Intel heralds the shrinking size of computational power and making peoples’ lives better through technology.

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Intel’s Futurist: Tomorrow’s Tech will be Humanized, Humorous

The Street 09/10/2012 - Brian David Johnson, Futurist at Intel, says the next generation of technology will have a sense of humor – and he’s not kidding.

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Brian David Johnson Glimpses the Future

The Economist 27/09/2012 – By 2020, we will be able to turn anything into a computer, says Intel’s Brian David Johnson, at The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential 2012 event in New York City.

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Why Science Fiction Should be Taught in the Classroom

TG Daily 05/10/2012 – Science fiction and genre movies are extremely popular amongst high school students around the world.

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