will.i.am is a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, and a seven-time Grammy Award winner. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he is also an enthusiastic user of technologies. In recognition of his ability to harness technology to enhance entertainment, creativity and communication, Intel Corporation appointed will as Director of Creative Innovation in 2011. With a commitment to inspire kids to stay in school and go to college to become the leaders of tomorrow, will.i.am advocates the importance and power of a good education through his i.am.angel foundation. The i.am scholarship provides future leaders and innovators with comprehensive financial assistance to complete post-secondary education. The i.am.angel foundation has also created i.am.STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), an elementary and middle school initiative to provide under-served students with learning and interaction opportunities beyond the classroom in collaboration with Discovery Education. In addition, the i.am.angel foundation is also active in the UK through a STEM education and computer skills joint initiative with The Prince's Trust. The future is Brian David Johnson's business. He has worked as a futurist at Intel Corporation, where his charter was to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called 'future casting' - using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels. Brian is currently Futurist in Residence at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter. Follow Brian on Twitter @BDJFuturist.
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: sci-fi and fantasy blend in high-action, thought-provoking adventure Musician and entertainer will.i.am has collaborated with science of the future specialist Brian David Johnson to create an epic adventure. WaR seamlessly combines fantasy favourites wizards with robots, long beloved in sci-fi but now accepted as a crucial part of all our futures. Flipping back and forth in time, it stars feisty teenager Sara, whose mother is creating the first fully intelligent robot. This puts Sara at the centre of a power struggle, spanning centuries, between wizards and robots. As the story unfolds however, Sara must reconcile the two factions to defeat a common enemy. In this she’s helped by a young wizard called Geller and a robot, Kaku. Intriguing, refreshing and packed full of ideas, the momentum of the story sweeps readers along to its dramatic conclusion (at the CERN institute!). Real science is scattered throughout, and sci-fi has never seemed so now. ~ Andrea Reece