Living in the Future

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 6 - 8 p.m.

When Science Fiction Meets Science Reality

How do today's technologies reflect what we've seen on the big screen? Sit back, grab some pizza and popcorn, and hear from scientists and inventors about how close we are to realizing Hollywood's hopes for the future! Learn about the real life technology that may or may not take us back to the future.


Blade Runner: Fact-Checking the Future 
Dan Novy, Post Doctoral Fellow, MIT, Joost Bonsen, Lecturer, MIT

From Borneo to Dagobah: Understanding Tropical Swamp Forests
Charles Harvey, Professor, MIT

New Worlds, New Perspectives
Julien de Wit, Post Doctoral Fellow, MIT

These Boots are Made for Moonwalking
Alison Gibson, Graduate Student, Stirling Lab, MIT

Water Wars: Mad Max or Day After Tomorrow?
Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University 

What to expect:

Each presenter will show a short clip from a science fiction movie (think InterstellarThe Martian, or Star Trek) and then have 15 minutes to share how their research relates to the film. Researchers will share how close we are to Hollywood's version of the future, and whether we will actually get there.

This event has sold out in the past! Limited tickets available at the door for $15.

Pizza, popcorn, and soda included!


*** Please consider pre-registering for this event so museum staff can better plan for your comfort and enjoyment during this event.  Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registering guarantees visitors access to the event.  Seating is limited and registering does not guarantee seating, so please call or email us with special requests regarding accessibility. ***