What could be more emblematic of our times than ever deeper scientific understanding of the world along with the ever more sophisticated technologies this new knowledge makes possible? We love our technology and we are terrified by it. We love it for helping us stay healthy and live longer, for enabling us to communicate anywhere anytime, and for opening up the the world’s knowledge base to us as easily as breathing air. We hate it for forcing us to conform to it rather than the other way around, for opening channels to new dangers and evils on unprecedented scales, and for challenging our views on what it is to be human.
Join historian of science W. Patrick McCray for a discussion about some of the more audacious and potentially transformative technological visions of the past half-century. In his new book, The Visioneers: How an Elite Group of Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, he reveals what drives those among use who use their expertise as scientists, engineers, and popularizers to promote visions of a more expansive technological future.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets, 5th and K St., NW, Washington, DC