I'm thrilled to be speaking about the intersection of science, art, and magic on Saturday, June 21, at the WebVisions Barcelona conference taking place 6/19 - 6/21!
Mark and I have both participated in previous WebVisions events, and founder Brad Smith and his crew always convene fantastic events. Here's a description of my talk
Science, Art, and Magic: The World Is A Wunderkammer
Have you ever encountered a work of art that in an instant changed your perception of the world? Or watched a magician do something you know is impossible yet just appeared to happen before your very eyes? Can you recall that feeling of awe, inspiration, and wonder? There was a time when science did the same thing, simultaneously sparking our curiosity, our passion, and our intellect. And now, more than ever, our future depends on re-inspiring people of all ages to engage with science and technology, to be part of the conversation about what's possible, probable, and desirable.
David Pescovitz, co-editor of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future, will take us on a tour of tomorrow that will astonish, educate, and provoke us. He will present the most important, mind-bending, and magical trends in science and technology that will transform the way we live, work, and play. The scenarios he shares will be supported with signals, real world examples from the present that point the way to the future, from invisibility cloaks to real psychokinesis, nanoscale artworks to magical interfaces.
Along the way, he will spark our curiosity, awaken us with new possibilities, and inspire us to make the future.
(Pescovitz photo by Ransom & Mitchell)
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