Sci-Fi CEOs: How Fictional Futures Influence Tech

Speakers

Tim Fernholz

Quartz

Malka Older

Eliot Peper

What does it mean when many of the richest and most powerful people on the planet—like Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos—think how they think and do what they do in large part because of the science fiction they read and watched when they were 12? What were the key sci-fi authors and ideas that most inspired them, and continue to influence them and Silicon Valley more broadly? Is that influence ultimately a good thing or a bad thing? And what can we all learn about innovation from science fiction? Join bestselling sci-fi authors Malka Older ("Infomocracy") and Eliot Peper ("Bandwidth") along with journalist Tim Fernholz ("Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race") as they examine the tech industry's long-running relationship with fictional futures.

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