New CLSC Selection Announced: Future Tense

Future Tense by Martha Brockenbrough with CLSC BadgeChautauqua Institution's Department of Education has announced Future Tense: How We Made Artificial Intelligence--and How it Will Change Everything, by Martha Brockenbrough, as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Two of the 2024 Summer Assembly Season.

Human history has always been shaped by technology, but AI is like no technology that has come before it. Unlike the wheel, combustion engines, or electricity, AI does the thing that humans do best: think. While AI hasn’t reproduced the marvelously complex human brain, it has been able to accomplish astonishing things. AI has defeated our players at games like chess, Go, and Jeopardy!. It’s learned to recognize objects and speech. It can create art and music. It’s even allowed grieving people to feel as though they were talking with their dead loved ones. 
On the flip side, it’s put innocent people in jail, manipulated the emotions of social media users, and tricked people into believing untrue things. 
In Future Tense, acclaimed author and teacher Martha Brockenbrough guides readers through the development of this world-changing technology, exploring how AI has touched every corner of our world, including education, healthcare, work, politics, war, international relations, and even romance. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how artificial intelligence got here, how to make the best use of it, and how we can expect it to transform our lives. 


Martha Brockenbrough graduated from Stanford University, where she studied English and Classics and was the editor in chief of the Stanford Daily. She has worked as a journalist, a teacher, the editor of, a question writer for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit, and now teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she served as co-chair of the Writing for Children Young Adults department. A lifelong Seattle resident, Martha has written two books for adults and 24 books for young readers. 

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ISBN: 9781250765925
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 19th, 2024