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Café Scientifique discussion on nanotechnology

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Café Scientifique will be held on Saturday, April 19th, 2008 starting at 4:00 pm at the Rivoli on Queen Street West.

  • symposia
  • public panels
When Apr 19, 2008
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where The Rivoli, Toronto
Contact Name Donna Francis
Contact Phone 416-696-4599
Attendees This time, the panel of speakers will include Doug Perovic, who can address the new and upcoming science in nanotechnology/materials, and Wen Jiang (a grad student in Warren Chan's lab).
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A Café Scientifique is a place where, for the cost of a cup of coffee or a pint of beer, anyone can participate in a conversation about current science and technology. Every Café has a facilitator and a small group of experts who help to engage participants in a conversation about a selected topic.

The café begins with short presentations by the experts about their own work and general knowledge of the topic, as well as their own ideas or opinions about the topic. These presentations are no longer than 10 minutes each, and serve as a starting point for an ensuing debate and discussion involving all the participants at the cafe. The cafes are very informal, last for a total of about 2 hours, and have typically been attended by upwards of 30 people, although these numbers are growing, and often a crowd of 80 spirited audience members will participate. The Science Centre has been holding a Cafe Scientifique on the third Saturday of every month, since June, 2005.

About Me

I'm a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with my own consultancy, and am also currently Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. As well, I am an award-winning author with ten published novels translated into as many languages. I write, give talks, and conduct workshops on numerous topics related to the future, including:

  • Future of government
  • Bitcoin and digital currencies
  • The workplace in 2030
  • The Internet of Things
  • Augmented cognition

For a complete bio, go here. To contact me, email karl at kschroeder dot com

Example: The Future of Governance

I use Science Fiction to communicate the results of actual futures studies. Some of my recent research relates to how we'll govern ourselves in the future. I've worked with a few clients on this and published some results.

Here are two examples--and you can read the first for free:

The Canadian army commissioned me to write Crisis in Urlia, a fictionalized study of the future of military command-and-control. You can download a PDF of the book here:

Crisis in Urlia

For the "optimistic Science Fiction" anthology Hieroglyph, I wrote "Degrees of Freedom," set in Haida Gwaii. "Degrees of Freedom" is about an attempt to develop new governing systems by Canadian First Nations people.

I'm continuing to research this exciting area and would be happy to share my findings.

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