by Robert Cook-Deegan, M.D
“Frankenstein,” a story written on a dare by an 18-year-old Mary Shelley on a gloomy summer holiday with her lover
and friends, was published 200 years ago. Celebrate the bicentennial of the novel and its enduring impact with a presentation
on April 12, 2018, by Robert Cook-Deegan from Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Project, an extraordinary multi-year
effort by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. The Frankenstein Project delves into the novel’s “landmark fusion
of science, ethics, and literary expression.” It explores the novel’s lasting impact on issues and ethics surrounding the present day
development of medicine, artificial intelligence, science, art, literature, and movies.
ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society adopted Shelley’s story of unconventional creation and its eccentric
creator to prompt discussion and contemporary projects while addressing the questions: What is life? What does it mean to be
human? Why do we create?