Panel Discussion: Will technology save us from ourselves?

A session at SkepTech

Saturday 6th April, 2013

9:00pm to 9:50pm (CST)

Between the environment and the social changes stemming from a greater connectivity to cyberspace, technology is already central in our present world. This panel will focus on if technology will be able to save us from our own destruction. What will we use for energy? How will we fix the climate, if possible? Will science continue to give us options, or will politics and underfunded programs prevent innovation? This panel can be taken in a lot of directions, so long as they are inspiring and interesting.

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About the speakers

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Maggie Koerth-Baker

Science editor at BoingBoing.net

Maggie is the science editor at BoingBoing.net, one of the most-read blogs in the United States with millions of monthly readers, as well as a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine, under the column Eureka, which covers the intersection between science and culture.

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Tim Farley

Research Fellow for JREF; Creator of whatstheharm.net

Tim Farley is the creator of the website What’s The Harm?, a resource where stories are documented and categorized about the damage done when people fail to use critical thinking skills. Farley was also instrumental in the apprehension of spammer “David Mabus“. He is a Research Fellow with the James Randi Educational Foundation. Additionally, he blogs at http://skeptools.com.

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Zach Weiner

Creator of the web comic "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal"

Zach Weinersmith is the author and illustrator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, two time winner of the Outstanding Single Panel Comic award. Weinersmith has launched a side project linked with SMBC called SMBC-Theater, featuring skits and short videos put up on YouTube.

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Chelsea Du Fresne

Student of the microcosmos. Spends a disproportionate amount of time looking at pictures of bacteria. Opinions are my own. bio from Twitter

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Robbie Orlowski

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Time 9:00pm9:50pm CST

Date Sat 6th April 2013

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