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Meet the Comic-Con moderator who showed how it's done

SAN DIEGO - When your TV series is about the creation of artificial intelligence, the origins of consciousness and the consequences of mankind's arrogance, it makes sense to have a futurist moderate your Comic-Con panel.

And so it was for Season 3 of HBO's "Westworld," whose new trailer wasn't the only source of questions during the series panel in the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H. More than a few thought-provoking queries came from the panel's host, Amy Webb, futurist and professor of strategic foresight at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Before you ask what a futurist is, know that they don't actually make predictions. According to Webb, with so many variables in play, there's

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