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April 19, 2013

Sci-fi Destroys the Future, Science Builds It According To Daniel H. Wilson

In his talk, "Sci-fi Destroys the Future, Science Builds It," author Daniel H. Wilson explored how the exchange of ideas between Hollywood and academia may help prepare humankind for the disruptive changes that accompany new technology.
Science fiction has long had a strong influence on real-world research and development, shaping the look and behavior of new inventions. But, so too have new advances worked to shape authors' sci-fi imaginings. From dystopia to utopia to boring old reality, how does the exchange of ideas between Hollywood and academia help prepare humankind for the disruptive changes that accompany brave new worlds of technology?

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Daniel H. Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the techno-thriller Robopocalypse, as well as titles such as How To Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and his newest novel, Amped. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Wilson has published over a dozen scientific papers, holds four patents, and has written eight books. Five of his books have been optioned for film, with Robopocalypse in development to be the next film directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2008, Wilson hosted his own TV series, The Works, which aired on the History Channel in the United States and internationally. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

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