How Does SciFi Influence Our Future Cities?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

  • Adam Greenfield

Saturday 12th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

How do you imagine the future of our cities?

Flying cars like in 5th Element or maybe fully automatic car systems like in Minority Report? A lot of green spaces like on the Star Trek version of future Earth or maybe more like the dark, wet streets in Blade Runner? Will we live on a planet that resembles Star Wars' Coruscant city-planet idea or will it be something stick to our mix of urban and rural environments? Is something like Cisco's New Songdo in South Korea more fiction or reality? How would most people perceive IBM's Smart Cities plans?

Currently, there is almost no topic discussed as intensely as the future of urban environments. No wonder, since studies show the projection that by 2050 almost 75 percent of the then 9 billion people on this planet will live in megacities. We want to compare the current developments with the ones we know from fiction, because we're highly influenced by those science fiction images that swirl in our heads.

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Igor Schwarzmann

Curly monster. Knowmad. Co-founder of @thirdwaveberlin. Strategy & Foresight. Talk to me about the future of cities, publishing and work. bio from Twitter

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Adam Greenfield
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Jo Guldi

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Sat 12th March 2011


Salon F/G, Hilton Austin Downtown

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