Does science fiction give us an unrealistic expectation that we can effectively inhabit Mars? Questions on discovery, imagination and progress

Does sci-fi give us an unrealistic expectation that we can inhabit Mars? Questions on progress

'We're destined to all having hearing aids [because of our use of MP3 players], unless we're killed by self-driving cars first,' predicts Cory Doctorow.

In this session, join Doctorow, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Sammy J and Upulie Divisekera as they discuss the stories we tell about technology and humanity, and explore the real obstacles that stand between scientific potential and vision made real.

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Who?

Portrait of Upulie Divisekera

Upulie Divisekera

Upulie Divisekera is a molecular biologist, science communicator and writer based in Melbourne. Over her research career, Upulie has worked in cancer research, developmental biology and is currently involved with nanotechnology research.

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Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is co-editor of BoingBoing and the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger and the co-editor of Boing Boing. He is the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the non-fiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, as well as other young adult novels and novels for adults. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.

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Sammy J

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer, and songbird.

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Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science journalist, fiction and comedy writer, and human behavior researcher at the Science Museum of Minnesota, whose work focuses on equity in science education, the relationship between science and art, and cetaceans. With a background in broadcast radio and TV production, sketch comedy, English literature, and biology, her work has appeared in Slate, Smithsonian, McSweeney’s, ComedyCentral.com, mental_floss, National Geographic, the Walker Art Center and Seattle Art Museum, onstage at the People's Improv and Upright Citizen's Brigade theaters in New York, and on the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio. She is currently at work on a book about dolphins.

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