Alan N. Shapiro is the visiting professor of Transdisciplinary Design in the “Heterotopia” Master’s Program at Folkwang Art University, Essen, Germany for 2015-2016. Alan is a philosopher, sociologist, media theorist, and computer scientist. He studied at MIT, Cornell University and New York University. He worked for 20 years as a software developer in industry and has taught creative coding, interaction design, and media studies at several German and Italian universities. Alan is the author of Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance, considered to be the best intellectual-academic book on Star Trek stories and futuristic technologies. He is the author of Software of the Future (on artificial intelligence) and the editor of The Technological Herbarium (on new media art). 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 a futurist and does some consulting work for startup media and technology companies, currently in the blockchain area.