Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Imagining the Future

Visions of the World to Come
Experience it Again... Or For the First Time

Get Windows Media Player We now have several options available for you to view the event, taped between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on the morning of November 30, 2001, in the Odeum of the WPI Campus Center. You will need Microsoft Windows Media Player, version 7 or higher to watch these videos.

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A complete transcript of the event is also available. To download and view it, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader®, which is available for free download from Adobe's Web site.

Three decades ago, legendary science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick created a remarkable portrait of the future. Their film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was a groundbreaking merger of science fiction and fact.

On November 30, 2001, in a multimedia voyage of the imagination, Clarke and a group of visionaries came together at WPI to peer ahead into the next 100 years.

This one-of-a-kind event opened with a virtual visit by Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction, and inventor of the geosynchronous communications satellite. In a 10-minute video presentation, he offered his detailed predictions about the next century.

Afterward, he joined the event live by telephone from his home in Sri Lanka to answer questions from the audience and from moderator Scott Kirsner, who writes the @large column for the Boston Globe and is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, Fast Company and Darwin magazine.

Kirsner then led a panel of visionaries in a fascinating discussion on life and work in the century ahead. They were:

Raymond Kurzweil, pioneer in music synthesis, optical character recognition, speech recognition and artificial intelligence. Winner of the Lemelson-MIT Prize and the National Medal of Technology. Author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines.

Alison Taunton-Rigby, president of Forester Biotech. Previously led some of the nation's most innovative biotechnology companies. Director, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Director, Massachusetts Women's Forum.

David Cyganski, WPI professor of electrical and computer engineering and expert in machine vision, high-performance networking, and using the Web in education, among other topics. Winner of WPI's highest honors for teaching and research.

The panel answered questions from high school students and the audience, and offered their own insightful predictions about the future.

The event also featured Voices of the Future, a three-part video montage prepared especially for this event, featuring views on life in the century ahead from the children of today.

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