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Science fiction has always influenced science

The science fiction novel of today is the reality of tomorrow. Well, not always of course, but now and then it does so with amazing accuracy. “Science fiction has always influenced science,” says Tobias Wengert. His idea of bringing scientists and science fiction authors into conversation with each other will be realized for the second time on October 21. “It is quite unusual that authors and scientists attend the same congresses or conventions. But that’s exactly what NEXT FRONTIERS – APPLIED FICTION DAYS achieves.”

So who gets into conversations with whom at the NEXT FRONTIERS congress? Writer Emma Braslavsky had a look around AI labs in preparation of her novel “Die Nacht war bleich, die Lichter blinken”. Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab heads the “Analytic Computing” department at the University of Stuttgart. Dr. Karlheinz Steinmüller has a degree in physics, is a futurologist and science fiction author. Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch is the director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart and Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp is professor of sociology with a focus on risk and technology research. The media scientists Dr. Andreas Rauscher and Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter form to a certain extent the interface between science and fiction. And as a star guest I can name Tad Williams.” And what are all these creative minds talking about? Find out more in the next blog post.

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