Bill Thomasson helps biomedical researchers write their journal articles and grant applications, but that doesn’t begin to capture his broad interest in all aspects of science and what the future may bring. What technologies are going to drive the next 40-year long-wave economic cycle? What social and political changes will that bring? Is an interstellar government conceivable in a slower-than-light universe? He has been reading SF since the first appearance of Rocket Ship Galileo but didn’t discover cons until 1980. It took him another decade to discover just how much fun it was being on panels. When not working or reading SF, Bill serves as volunteer Treasurer for Chicago’s annual Disability Pride Parade (he has been legally blind since 2000) and has worked Accessibility Services for every WorldCon since 2011.
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Bill Thomasson
Name of Event
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Future of Work
Rich Weyand (Mod.) The Machine Intelligence Research Institute gives it even odds that all jobs will be done by robots in the not too distant future. PricewaterhouseCoopper has an estimate that 38% of all jobs currently done by people will be done by robots or AIs. So what does a society look like when few people are actually needed to do work?
Dr. Robert E. Hampson, Mod. From genetic engineering to brain-machine interfaces, science and medicine are working hard to create better humans. What is the current state of bioengineering, regenerative medicine, cybernetics and “bionics”? Can there – or *will* there – be such a thing as The Singularity where humans are no longer recognizable as such?
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.