The Future Well-Made: On the Conditions for a Personal Vision

A theoretical nuclear physicist, a media critic and a philosophy of religion professor reveal the mechanisms and the framing devices they use for envisioning the future.

Media critic Paul Levinson will speak about the evolving capacity to design the future through social media. Physicist Agnes Mocsy will discuss a brighter future through evidence-based reasoning. Michael Waltemathe, a lecturer in religious studies, will explain his hybrid philosophy about the future as a mixture of collective utopism and individual transformation.

The organizer and moderator is Tom Klinkowstein, designer and professor of emerging media and design strategy.

Tom Klinkowstein
is President of Media A, LLC, a design studio and consultancy with clients such as IBM, NASA and the Bremen (Germany) Innovation Agency. His work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Venice Biennale. A city-block sized “diagrammatic narrative” entitled, A Day In The Life Of A Networked Designer’s Smart Things Or A Day In A Designer’s Networked Smart Things, 2030, was installed at DesignCenter Winkelhaak in Antwerp. Belgium and featured in Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design, published by Die Gestalten Verlag. Tom Klinkowstein is also a Professor of New Media at Hofstra University and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Communications Design Department of Pratt Institute of Art and Design.


Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009), have been translated into ten languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006). He appears on “The O’Reilly Factor” and numerous TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews television in his blog, writes political commentary for Mediaite, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.

Michael Waltemathe, Ph.D. is a lecturer at Ruhr-University Bochum in religious studies and religious education. His theoretical interests include constructivist reflections on religious education and the opportunities to learn in religious plurality. He is especially interested in the role computer-games play in conveying religious ideas.

Michael presented, “A Religious Vision for Interstellar Travel?” at the DARPA/NASA 100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium in 2011. Michael is on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction and the Religion and Spirituality and the Space Settlement Board of the lifeboat foundation.


Dr. Ágnes Mócsy
is a visiting theoretical nuclear physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Pratt Institute of Art and Design. Dr. Mócsy is an internationally renowned theoretical physicist studying the properties of the matter that permeated the universe at ten millionths of a second after the Big Bang. She has published her work in dozens of peer-reviewed articles and has lectured in more than 20 countries on five continents. She is well known for her work on communicating science to the public and her advocacy for improving science literacy.

Before joining the faculty at Pratt Institute, Dr. Mócsy held research positions at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, was an Alexandor von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Theoretical Institute for Advanced Studies in Frankfurt, Germany, and Research Scientist at RIKEN Brookhaven National Laboratory.


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