PopSci recently co-hosted an event called Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Architects, designers, journalists, musicians, novelists and, yes,
scientists spoke about their work—which everything from UFO mythology to
the history of terraforming. Each presenter was also asked to consider
the near future, to think about and sometimes even show us what their
vision for the future might look like. The event takes its name from a
mid-20th century science fiction pulp magazine, and the allusion is apt.
Each talk began in the past, with real research and real facts, and
used that as a springboard to envision what will happen tomorrow, or
next year, or next decade.
Often these visions were fantastic. You can see why PopSci would want to
be a part of this, seeing as we’re all about the future, even the
far-out version (have you seen our old covers?). So, here is our vision
for the next several weeks: videos of some of the talks, photos and
summaries of others, and Q&A’s with a few of the speakers. It was a
thrilling and wondrous weekend, and we aim to share it.
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