Tickets for the World Science Festival have just gone on sale, and two events promise new insights on how we perceive the future.
The first features Vinton Cerf and is called "Internet Everywhere: the Future of History's Most Disruptive Technology." Hey, anytime we can compare technological revolutions, it's going to be a good day! I'm hoping for some good historical parallels and (if we're lucky) points on how economic systems will be changed. The intersection of a deep recession with the rise of social technologies has got to be one of the more unusual things to happen in the past 1,000 years.
The second event is called "Why We Tell Stories, the Science of Narrative." The panelists will address whether storytelling has an evolutionary advantage, and I bet there will be some interesting facets on why we come up with such richly detailed stories about tomorrow and why they follow utopic/dystopic patterns.
I'll be live-tweeting at @davidhrosen, with summary reports to follow here. Drop me a line if you're going!