Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact

Starts:
7:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2012
Location:
Rosebud Bar and Grill (behind the Rosebud Diner) 381 Summer St. Somerville MA 02144
This event, hosted and inspired by Somerville resident Joelle Renstrom's work on her blog, www.couldthishappen.com, explores technologies in science fiction that have or are in the process of coming to fruition in real life. Join scientists, sci-fi enthusiasts, and the technologically curious for conversations and demonstrations by local scientists who are working on artificial intelligence, human-robot interactions, neural prosthetics and enhancements, and brain-machine interfaces. The event is informal and interactive, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions about the technologies on display, as well as to consider the personal and societal implications of those technologies. This event is free and open to the public. And there will be robots! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Joelle Renstrom is a recipient of the 2012 Somerville Arts Council fellowship grant for her work on www.couldthishappen.com. Her collection of essays, Letters to Ray Bradbury, will be published by Aqueous Books in 2014. Her work has appeared in Slate, Guernica, Praxis Magazine, Briarpatch, Paradigm, the Allegheny Review, Ducts, the New York Inquirer and others. She teaches writing and science fiction at Boston University.