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Science Fiction: Catalyst for Reality

Join us for a deep exploration of the fascinating intersection between science fiction and reality.

5/20/2015
When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Microsoft Research
14820 NE 36th Street
Building 99, Room 1919
Redmond, Washington  98052
United States

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Remember the first time science and technology captivated you?

Maybe it was the sight of an airplane or a helicopter in flight. Or perhaps it was an episode of Star Trek or writings of Jules Verne.

Science fiction has always been a source of inspiration for breakthrough innovations in technology. Star Trek inspired Martin Cooper to invent the first cell phone. Jules Verne’s writings led to the invention of the submarine and the helicopter.

On May 20th, join MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest for a deep exploration of the fascinating intersection between science fiction and reality.

The evening begins with a fireside chat featuring Jason Pontin, publisher of MIT Technology Review’s special sci fi edition, Twelve Tomorrows. Jason along with award-winning authors and visionaries Greg Bear and Nancy Kress, will explore science fiction’s awe-inspiring vision of the future and its impact on reality.

Following will be a brief TEDx-type talk from prominent University of Washington scientist, Paul Yager, who credits science fiction with influencing his work.

The evening will conclude with a presentation by Microsoft’s Chief Research Office, Rick Rashid, about executing the vision and turning science fiction into reality.

We look forward to you joining us for this fascinating program.

Event Schedule
5:30p – 6:15p Networking / No-Host Bar / Buffet
6:15p – 7:00p Fireside Chat with Greg Bear and Nancy Kress, moderated by Jason Pontin
7:00p – 7:15p Tricorder Visions, a TEDx-type presentation by Paul Yager
7:15p – 8:00p Vision to Concept to Mass Market, by Rick Rashid
8:00p – 8:30p Town Hall Q&A

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