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Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

Event 13 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Ashlee Vance
“Vance paints an unforgettable picture of Musk's unique personality, insatiable drive and ability to thrive through hardship.” - The Washington Post

Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future has been hailed as both the definitive account of Musk’s remarkable career and one of the best biographies of modern times. Already a renowned technology journalist and the author of an acclaimed history of Silicon Valley, Vance’s exhaustive research and first-hand insights will give you unique access into the visionary mind of the ‘real life Iron Man’ who revitalised the electric car and solar industries, invented the Hyperloop mass transit system and is planning a manned mission to Mars within our lifetimes!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

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Journey to the Stars: Space Colonisation in Fact and Fiction

Event 41 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes.” – Elon Musk

Science fiction has presented many different visions of space colonisation, from survival stories to galaxy spanning empires. Our panel will discuss these fictional depictions and take a look at how close reality is to realising our imaginings.

Lucy Hawking is author of the George Greenby series, books that make science fun, accessible and inspiring for younger readers.

Peter F Hamilton is the author of the Commonwealth series, which features a galactic civilisation that enjoys interstellar travel, immortality and advanced cybernetics.

Ashlee Vance reports on technology and business developments and is the biographer of Elon Musk, a pioneering figure in real-life space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

Event 15 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Ethics change with technology.” – Larry Niven

Technological progress has had an enormous impact on our physical lives, but what is it doing to our minds? This is an area prone to sensationalist reporting, which can obscure real issues about what our relationship with technology reveals about us as individuals and societies.

Sarah Amiri is the Lead Science Investigator of the Emirates Mars Mission and, through her work with UAE universities and international institutions, is a key player in the UAE’s mission to build a knowledge-based society.

Jon Ronson is the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, an examination of how the age-old art of shaming has gained global reach thanks to social media.

Keith Stuart has written about video games for 20 years, and has thus been witness to both the growth of a new culture and the emergence of some extreme culture wars.

Ashlee Vance, reporting from Silicon Valley, has made a career of getting inside the heads of people pursuing technological breakthroughs, from infrastructure to artificial intelligence to space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

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