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SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY [clear filter]
Friday, November 7
 

1:00pm

Ask Dr. Genius: Ad-Lib Answers to Audience Questions
No, really, they're real scientists, honest. Bring your science questions, and if they don't have an answer they'll make something up, and it might even be sort of right.


Friday November 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alaska 1534

2:00pm

World Building Geophysics
Creating credible planets. Realistic geophysical architecture.


Friday November 7, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Alaska 1534

3:00pm

Copy Machines - Precursor to Replicator?
It's not Star Trek yet, but 3D printers are getting better and cheaper fast. Higher end machines can do complex multi material objects. What are the economic and social implications? Is SF taking note?


Friday November 7, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Alaska 1534

4:00pm

New Planetary Discoveries
What do we know about the planets we've discovered beyond our solar system? How do we really know what we know?


Friday November 7, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska 1534

5:00pm

Backyard Astronomy
It's a dark night with lots of stars. Actually, some are galaxies, and some are planets, and nebulae--what can you see from your backyard, and what are good resources to learn about what you're seeing? Bonus--what might be visible from other worlds with different solar system conditions?


Friday November 7, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alaska 1534

6:00pm

Can the USA Become a Nation of Makers Again?
What's stopping us? What's helping us? What do we need to do?


Friday November 7, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Alaska 1534

7:00pm

Hacking Biology
Will this be the next tech explosion? How good or bad could it be? What is actually happening now?

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for Jennifer Willis

Jennifer Willis

Based mostly in Portland, OR, Jennifer Willis writes urban fantasy, sci-fi, sci-fi/romance, and paranormal mystery, all with humor and plenty of adventurous mayhem. She is a recovering journalist and has a byline in the British Fantasy Award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction from... Read More →


Friday November 7, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Alaska 1534
 
Saturday, November 8
 

10:00am

Ghost in the Machine or Grandpa?
Is a personality upload a real person? Can they vote? What do they do for a living? Or for fun?

Moderators
avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.

Panelists

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Alaska 1534

11:00am

Rosetta: A Comet's Tale
Dan Dubrick discusses the Rosetta probe, currently en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and outlines the goals and progress of the mission.

Panelists

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hamilton 1124

12:00pm

Do We All Really Need to Know Calculus?
Is it really necessary for everyone to graduate from high school knowing physics? How much math do we really use on a daily basis?


Saturday November 8, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alaska 1534

4:00pm

300 Years from Now
What will Earth be like? Will we recognize it? Will we have left? Will we have survived?

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Saturday November 8, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska 1534

5:00pm

Can Technology Save the World?
China is becoming ... something. North Korea is just plain scary. Energy-starved nations wanting nuclear power vs. fears of a potential for nuclear war. How technology affects developing nations, how fast can they get it by what means, and what will it do to the world's future?


Saturday November 8, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alaska 1534

5:00pm

Dawn: Probing the Asteroid Belt
Dan Dubrick discusses the progress of the Dawn probe sent to inspect the asteroid Vesta and earth's closest dwarf planet Ceres.

Panelists

Saturday November 8, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton 1124
 
Sunday, November 9
 

10:00am

Science and Spirituality
Are science and spirituality mutually exclusive or intertwined?

Panelists
avatar for Jennifer Willis

Jennifer Willis

Based mostly in Portland, OR, Jennifer Willis writes urban fantasy, sci-fi, sci-fi/romance, and paranormal mystery, all with humor and plenty of adventurous mayhem. She is a recovering journalist and has a byline in the British Fantasy Award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction from... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Alaska 1534

11:00am

Science, SF, and Religion
A discussion of the ultimate questions


Sunday November 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alaska 1534

12:00pm

Understanding Evolution
Do you really know the origin of species and subsequent research?


Sunday November 9, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Morrison 1534

1:00pm

I Want to Get My Science On
Where does the lay person keep up with the latest developments?


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alaska 1534

2:00pm

How Can We Become Energy Independent?
Natural gas powered cars? Cold fusion? Tapping the earth's core? Compost for energy?


Sunday November 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Alaska 1534

3:00pm

The Decentralized Office: A New Paradigm?
Is the decentralized office a new paradigm, a fluke, or just another option for some companies?


Sunday November 9, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Alaska 1534