Joel Garreau is the Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values at Arizona State University, the nation’s largest single university. His core appointments are in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. In addition, he is affiliated with over a dozen centers and initiatives all aimed at bringing cross-disciplinary creativity to Joel’s main area of focus: technology’s impact on culture, values and society. His current passions include being a founder and co-director of the gala annual event “Emerge: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future,” and being a founder and co-director of the Future Tense Partnership among ASU, Slate magazine, and The New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., where Joel is a fellow.
Joel is most recently the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies – and What It Means to Be Human (Doubleday). It examines our inflection point in history in which humans – deploying the genetic, robotic, information and nano revolutions – are becoming the first species to take mastery of their own rapid evolution. Not in some distant science-fiction future, but right now – on our watch. A former long-time reporter and editor for The Washington Post, he has served as a fellow at the University of Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley, and George Mason University, and as an affiliate of the University of Oxford’s James Martin 21st Century School.