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Swissnex SF Symposium Starts Today

29/09/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Swissnex presents 'From Fiction to Science', a four-day event examining the mutually influencing domains of science and fiction.

The event takes place from September 29th to October 2nd 2004 at swissnex in San Francisco.

The four-day symposium will be hosted by swissnex ( in collaboration with the Swiss science- fiction museum House of Elsewhere ( and the newly-opened Seattle Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (

Panel members include Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier and former White House advisor and author Gregory Benford.

Automata, September 29, 6:30 pm
A demonstration from Francois Junod, one of the last living makers of
automata will be followed by Dave Grossman's (Stanford University)
presentation Survey of Strangely Animated Machines from Ancient Egypt to 1990.

Autonomous Robots, September 30, 6:30 pm
Dario Floreano, whose research inspired The Prey by Michael Crichton
demonstrates insect-like robots before Dave Korsmeyer (NASA Ames)
presents Space Exploration: NASA's Quest for Autonomy. Author Rudy
Rucker examines society's interest in intelligent robots.

Human Augmentation, October 1, 6:30pm
Swiss Astronaut Claude Nicollier describes his experiences with the
robotic arm of the International Space Station, Gregeory Benford
discusses the power of a man-machine in Man Plus. Author David Brin
explains how science-fiction acts as a warning to society in Probing
for Quicksand: how we Peer a bit Ahead, Into Tomorrow's World.

Mars, October 2, 2:15 pm
Richard Kornfeld (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) relates his Impressions
From a Trip to Mars and discusses the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.
Kim Stanley Robinson presents Mars: From Facts to Fiction.

An art exhibit on loan from the House of Elsewhere entitled Science Fiction, Technology Fact presents vintage science-fiction images with recent NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) photographs.

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