My Boskone 55 Itinerary
Some fun topics this year, plus a reading and signing
Here's my Boskone schedule for 2018:
Technology and the Crisis of Conscience
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Characters like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Masamune Shirow's Major demonstrate some consequences of the headlong pursuit of scientific breakthroughs. What are the real stakes in the playing-god game? Will we use technological advances for good or evil? What will guide us? And how does fiction help inform our ethical dilemmas?
Pete Hollmer, Karl Schroeder, JeffWarner (M), LJ Cohen, Cady Coleman
Colonialism and the New Space Race
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, Burroughs (Westin)
European expansion into the American West and other "new frontiers" used to be portrayed as a great adventure — and a civilizing enterprise. For those being invaded, however, colonial expansion has been less pleasant. The Space Act of 2015 allows the commercialization of space by private entities. But if powerful technocrats like Elon Musk use tropes from Westerns to promote Mars exploration, will we venture into space with the same old colonialist attitudes? Or can we learn from history, and approach space exploration with new mindsets?
Allen M. Steele (M), Vandana Singh, Pete Hollmer, Karl Schroeder, William Hayashi
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, Burroughs (Westin)
Our panelists consider their favorite gadgets, and list their Top 10 — including landmark examples from the past, as well as modern gadgets that are currently changing the future.
Priscilla Olson (M), Karl Schroeder, Geary Gravel, Daniel P. Dern, Carrie Cuinn
Reading by Karl Schroeder
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 16:30 - 17:00, Griffin (Westin)
Kaffeeklatsch: Karl Schroeder
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, Harbor I - Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)
The Future of Work
18 Feb 2018, Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Marina 2 (Westin)
How has innovation — changing technologies, new digital platforms, advanced AIs — altered the fundamental nature of work? While humans may always have a place in the labor hierarchy, just where will we find ourselves on the food chain? Is there room for everyone? Specifically, how will technology eliminate current jobs and enable new ones?
Mark L. Olson (M), Karl Schroeder, James Cambias, Jeff Hecht, B. Diane Martin
Hope to see you there!