Alan N. Shapiro is visiting professor of Transdisciplinary Design at the Folkwang Art University, Essen, Germany. Alan is a philosopher, sociologist, and computer scientist. He worked for 20 years as a software developer in industry and has also taught creative coding, interaction design, and media theory at several German and Italian universities. Alan is the author of Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance, widely considered to be the best intellectual-academic book on Star Trek stories and futuristic technologies. He is also the author of Software of the Future (on artificial intelligence) and the editor of The Technological Herbarium (on new media art and philosophy). Alan is an important scholar of French philosophers Jean Baudrillard and Albert Camus. He has been a keynote speaker 13 times at academic conferences and art festivals. Originally from New York City and Long Island, he has lived most of his adult life in Germany and Italy. In addition to teaching and writing, Alan is regarded as a futurist and does some consulting work for startup media and technology companies. Let’s Go Mets!