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Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Science Fiction IRL And Our Road Map To Utopia

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3
110 E 2nd St

Arthur C. Clarke imagined satellite communication into existence in 1945, a full 12 years before the Russians fired the first shots of the Space Race. Computer sensors, ‘electronic paper,’ digital newspapers, biological cloning, interactive television, robots, remote operation, and the Walkman all appeared in fiction long before they breached our physical reality. Science Fiction. Has there been any major technological advancement that wasn’t dreamt up first in story? Either art is imitating life, or science fiction writers have been pointing to the future for over a century.

So what the hell are we supposed do with the Hunger Games?

We have an unfortunate dearth of positive fictional frameworks for thinking about many incredibly important technologies --- a.i. and nuclear power among them. And without these frameworks, we may never build the future. These stories need to be told.

Explore the history and power of story, and the craft of storytelling as a tool.


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Michael Solana

Dir of Community

Founders Fund

At Founders Fund, Michael focuses primarily on building and working with the network, and leads several major brand and community initiatives including CS-183, Shop Talk, Anatomy of Next, and F50.

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