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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Roey Tzezana
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Director Eoin Duffy
  • Animator Eoin Duffy
  • Composer Wesley Slover
  • Sound Designer Wesley Slover
  • Narrator Addison Anderson


Additional Resources for you to Explore
Looking for an interesting story about von Neumann Machines that look after mankind? Read David Brin’s story Lungfish. Would it really be possible to take over a galaxy using self replicating probes? For the answer to that question and more, visit this link: Seven ways to control the Galaxy with self-replicating probes. Is it possible that von Neumann Machines may already be here? Mathematicians calculate that it may be possible, but perhaps they are not be detectable. Read more here.

The author of this lesson Roey Tzezana, PhD, is a public intellectual and a futures studies researcher in the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. He is also the academic manager of the program for Futures Studies at Lahav Executive Education in Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University. He has given courses about futures studies and the future in the Hebrew University and the Technion as well. His first book “Guide to the Future” focused public attention in the disruptive influence of emerging technologies on society. 

Tzezana has founded and is the director of the Simpolitix project for political forecasting, and is ‘living the future’ as co-founder of TeleBuddy: a start-up company helping people connect via telepresence robots everywhere in the world. By using the avatar bodies, he is capable of teaching, lecturing and living in two continents at the same time, and wishes to give everyone a chance to do the same!

Tzezana is a member of several bodies dedicated to studying the future, including the World Future Society, TechCast (where he has been elected recognized as Expert of the Month), and the Millennium Project. In addition, he’s a senior analyst at Wikistrat – a firm utilizing the wisdom of the crowd to provide strategic forecasts.

Want to learn more about future studies? Take a look at these links!

How science fiction can help predict the future by Roey Tzezana

Be careful what you wish for: Dr. Roey Tzezana

Tzezana’s blog, Curating the Future.