Science Meets Science Fiction In Washington DC This Weekend
Science is truly meeting science fiction in Washington DC this weekend. No, really. Smithsonian Magazine's 'Future Is Here' festival will bring together some of science's brightest minds right alongside a selection of science fiction legends. The weekend-long program of events will see scientists from the likes of MIT, NASA and SETI mingling with sci-fi behemoths like Kim Stanley Robinson, David Brin and Sir Patrick Stewart. Presentations at the event will cover everything from Human Evolution to Artificial Intelligence - heck, there'll even be a lecture on the biology of Godzilla.
As well as an impressive line-up of speakers, the festival will also see a live drone flights and demonstrations of a new hydrogen and nitrogen powered jetpack. These two events alone demonstrate Smithsonian Magazine's commitment to making this weekend one to remember. Flying drones and jetpacks in one of the most highly-protected parts of the United States isn't easy, but the festival organizers have secured special permits to do so.
"The Future Is Here is one of those rare events that will impact people's thinking for years to come," says Smithsonian's Stephen Giannetti. "With the greatest minds in science, technology and sci-fi convening, this will be an amazing and unforgettable three days of engagement, exchange and exploration."
This experience doesn't come cheap, though. Tickets to the event will run you between $250 and $350 at face value, but if you want to get your hands on them you'll have to rummage through Craigslist and Ebay where we've seen a few passes available for a minimal mark-up.
Below are some of our highlights for the weekend:
- George Takei: The Future of Community: Embracing Change
- Kim Stanley Robinson: Humanity in the Solar System
- Brian Greene & David Brin: Science Meets Science Fiction - A Conversation
- Shyaporn Theerakulstit: Godzilla- History, Biology and Behaviour of Hyper-Evolved Kaiju
Click here for the full list of events.