Future Telling Science + Fiction Webinars: This is Your Brain on Sci-Fi

Celebrate the connections between STEM and storytelling in these fun, fast-paced and free webinars. Whether you’re a writer, educator or scientist, you’ll learn about bleeding-edge concepts and mind-bending views of the future with authors and experts.

Bobby Kasthuri is a neuroscientist developing technology and methods to create a complete map of the human brain. His work has implications for the future of everything from treating mental illness to reverse-engineering aspects of human creativity and personality for artificial intelligence. M.T. Anderson writes mind-bending books for readers of all ages. His award-winning novel Feed featured a near-future society where people have the internet beamed directly into their brains. His most recent sci-fi novel Landscape with Invisible Hand explores what would happen if Earth suddenly became a member of a galactic empire that dominated humanity with economic and technological superiority rather than hostile invasion. The two will share their work and share thoughts about the scientific and social impacts that might come from today’s bleeding-edge science. 

Registration is required for this event. Click on the link provided in your confirmation email to enter the meeting by 6:20 p.m. The meeting room opens at 6:00 p.m., and speakers begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. On a computer, the Chrome browser works best, and you will be asked to download the Adobe Connect app. For tablets and mobile phones, go to your app store and download the Adobe Connect mobile app before attending. You’ll be able to listen to the speakers and have a chance to type in your questions.

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Community Events


Arts and Culture, Research

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Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students




This event is free and open to the public.

NIU STEAM, Friends of the NIU Libraries
Center for P-20 Engagement, NIU Outreach, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, STEM Outreach, University Libraries
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(815) 753-6784

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