New America NYC

The Future of Getting Lost

In collaboration with Future Tense

In this era of near constant tracking and data gathering by cellphones, sensors, CCTV cameras, or even social media, it feels as if anyone, anywhere, should be easily findable at any moment. But as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has demonstrated, it is still possible for significant, and tragic, disappearances to occur. What is the future of finding lost people in this time of exponentially increasing data? What can data offer us in terms of anticipatory and real-time disaster relief? And can we balance this measurable need—one that saves lives—with our desire to sometimes stray and purposefully lose ourselves?

Join New America NYC in a conversation about the steps we can take to ensure lives of both security and freedom.


Jeff Wise

CNN Aviation Analyst
Author, Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger

Wendy Harman

Director, Information Management and Situational Awareness, Disaster Services, American Red Cross

Matt Gross

Author, The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

Clarence Wardell

Research Scientist, CNA Safety and Security

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