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Key Policy Questions for 2020

An 8-ball with SPEA 2020 printed on it.

Predicting the future is a dicey game.

By Elisabeth Andrews and Jim Hanchett

In 1909, Nikola Tesla told The New York Times: “It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can own and operate his own apparatus.”

Tesla was right.

Then there was the prediction from Guglielmo Marconi: “The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous.”

That may be true one day, but not yet.

As SPEA prepares for 2020 and beyond, we sent wireless messages to several SPEA faculty members and asked them to look into the future. Gamely, they offered these takes on likely developments in their fields that will affect us all.

Denvil Duncan, Michael Rushton, and Ashly Aiko Nelson stand in the sunshine in the former SPEA plaza.