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Sunday, May 26 • 10:05am - 10:55am
Biotechnology, Human Evolution, and Sustainability in Fiction

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The possibilities and dangers of biotechnology have been a familiar and ongoing theme in literature and cinema, from the advent of artificial life in "Frankenstein" and genetic engineering in "The Island of Dr. Moreau," to the narrative speculations of post humanism and AI in "Bladerunner," "Schismatrix," and "Altered Carbon." Other artists have examined the possible impacts, both hopeful and catastrophic, of biotechnology on the wider natural environment. This panel session will explore how fiction and film have portrayed and reflected on the impact of biotechnology on human evolution and efforts to create a sustainable future. From exploring the plausibility of terraforming to the possibility of sustaining or destroying life on Earth, science fiction artists provide critical considerations of real-life challenges facing humanity and world leaders in the 21st century. Panelists will combine analysis of science fiction texts with discussions of developments in technology and popular discourses surrounding potential applications to illuminate important conversations that might define our future.

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Jeffrey Barber

President, Integrative Strategies Forum


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature, Pop Culture
  • Logistics Panel, House Sound, Projector
  • Moderator Jeffrey Barber