In conjunction with American Mensa's Annual Gathering, the 2013 Colloquium is just down the street from the Fort Worth Water Gardens in dowtown Fort Worth. The Water Gardens are an iconic, pop-culture tie to the scifi classic Logan's Run where the movie's ending scenes were filmed.
As a Mensa Foundation-sponsored event, Colloquium annually provides Mensans and the public alike the opportunity to gather with industry experts and researchers to dig deeper into socially relevant topics. Past and current topics include the impact of the arts, gifted children, biosafety, consciousness, humor, video gaming and climate change.
As the renowned science fiction author Ray Bradbury once said, "Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science." The Mensa Education & Research Foundation will take a deeper look at the ramifications of this idea at its 2013 Colloquium on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Colloquium 2013 will address the new technologies born of science fiction and those sciences that will always be fictional… at least within the bounds our knowledge today; the current status of robotics and the "robopocalypse;" how our military model has changed with the advent of these technologies; and, of course, we'll be hearing from those who dream tomorrow's reality, the science fiction authors.
Hear from past attendees...
I took eight pages of notes. Highlights: women as gamers; young gamers and school issues; the reward structure of the Sims™; the people [from the industry] who knew each other at least slightly and were happy to disagree in a civilized way.