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How to Build a Dream Machine

  • Chabot Space & Science Center, Megadome Theater 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland, CA, 94619 United States (map)

How to Build a Dream Machine
with Ed Finn
part of the Future Fridays Series
Friday, May 8, 6:00-8:00PM
Chabot Space & Science Center, Megadome Theater,
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
$26 in advance, $30 at the door, includes general admission

We can’t imagine a future if we don’t have the words to describe it. The first building blocks of any new world are stories and ideas. This was the inspiration for Project Hieroglyph, an experiment in bringing scientists, engineers and science fiction writers together to dream up astounding, technically feasible visions of the near future. Using Hieroglyph as a launching point, this talk will explore the relationship between science fiction and science and the vital role of imagination in getting big stuff done.

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. Ed’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, contemporary culture and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the co-editor of Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, September 2014) and is currently working on a book about the changing nature of reading and writing in the age of algorithms. He completed his PhD in English and American literature at Stanford University in 2011. Before graduate school Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate and Popular Science. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002 with a Comparative Literature major and certificates in Applications of Computing, Creative Writing and European Cultural Studies.

Don't miss out on participating in this fascinating discussion. Chabot's telescopes will be open and are included in your ticket price.