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Saturday, May 18 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Megatrends for the near future

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In SF, we talk about near future as being within our lifetime and try to imagine what it might be like. Did you know that the UN works on anticipating real-world megatrends and projecting the world until 2030? Population shifts, economics, demographics - These show trends such as China's ratio of dependents to workers increasing, and thus their economic boom slowing; while in India, the trend is going the other way - so there's a boom ahead, but rapid urbanization and shadow migration is creating monsters that are both unregulatable megacities and megaslums, like William Gibson's Sprawl. Meanwhile, militaries are focusing on cyberwarfare and smaller disruption teams, and the Pakistan-India conflict is gumming up the works on regional co-operation, and rising CO2 emissions are going to nuke agricultural economies. Our panelists discuss tools and lessons from the real world that SF writers can apply to extrapolate their near future fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Xia Jia

Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
avatar for Tara Smith

Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Writer, Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
avatar for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Data scientist by day. Public policy and tech, South Asia. Author of Numbercaste (2017), the Inhuman Race (2018) and the rest of the Commonwealth Empires trilogy.


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
A/B Salon

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