The Past and Present of the Future

Yountville Community Center Generations Room

Since the dawn of time, humans have tried to predict their own futures.  From Mesopotamians methodically seeking signs in the entrails of sheep to modern climate simulation, societies have built specialized systems to divine tomorrow’s reality. At Harvard, scientist Alyssa Goodman and her colleagues are working on PredictionX, a new effort designed to document, discuss, understand and present the Past and Present of the Future using a variety of online platforms, including edX.   At Dent, Alyssa will focus on how predictive systems have evolved over time—and on why humans are so interested in what lies ahead.