What We Do
Research Manager, Technology Horizons
With a background in Videogame Production/Design and Politics, Alex Goldman brings a systems-scale perspective to IFTF by combining an understanding of how complex multi-user environments are designed, experienced, and tested. He is passionate about researching how new ways to organize group efforts, collaborate, cooperate, and compete are solving human problems. In his role with IFTF, Alex conducts strategic research on emerging technologies and how they impact the landscape of human interactions—whether with machines or other human beings.
Alex has a special interest in the future of entertainment, particularly the expanding role of gaming and games-thinking on society. He is also interested in how the interface shapes the experience—in other words, how the changing field of interfaces impacts why and how people use computers and technology. Alex holds a BA in Politics from Brandeis University and a Masters in Entertainment Technology from the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Making the Future
“The Future can often seem surprisingly far from now. But the future is made by actions taken now, by a thousand people with a thousand visions, all trying to solve recognizable problems. The process of foresight, as an understanding of how today’s problem-solving tools, agents, and initiatives produce a composite tomorrow, presents a surprisingly coherent and empowering way to understand what might be. Getting a picture of tomorrow enables us to plan more clearly, and realize that every observant person can be an agent of change.”