2018 Lecture Series

K&L Gates, Washington, DC

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Join us for a quarterly lecture series beginning on February 22. The Museum of Science Fiction, K&L Gates, and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation will present a four-part lecture series in Washington, DC focusing on present day and near future developments. The 2018 quarterly series will present four areas of interest for discussion and conjecture lead by seminal leaders in the fields of:

The 2018 lecture series is sponsored by K&L Gates and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

The 2018 lecture series is sponsored by K&L Gates and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

  • AI and Cognitive Computing
  • Commercial Space Travel
  • Asteroid Mining
  • Robotics and UAVs

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                                           2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000

                                           2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000

AI and Cognitive Computing

Thursday, February 22
Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture
Nearest Metro: Farragut North

K&L Gates
1601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Phil Frana, PhD will discuss the current landscape of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing using the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey as a counterpoint. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kubrick's film, based on the book written by Arthur C. Clarke.
Dr. Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation (ABC-CLIO, 2019).


                                    Museum Advisory Board Member David Brin

                                    Museum Advisory Board Member David Brin

Commercial Space Travel

Thursday, June 7 with author and scientist, David Brin
Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture
Nearest Metro: Farragut North

K&L Gates
1601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

 


                                          Image courtesy of NASA Swamp Works

                                          Image courtesy of NASA Swamp Works

Asteroid Mining

Thursday, September 27
Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture
Nearest Metro: Farragut North

K&L Gates
1601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

 


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Robotics and UAVs

Thursday, November 8
Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture
Nearest Metro: Farragut North

K&L Gates
1601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006


The Museum’s 2018 lecture series will be open to the public.  It is designed to show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and affects societies. The lecture series also serves as an educational catalyst to expand interest in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Admission is $5. Seating is limited to 60 people.
Beer, wine, and cheese will be served.