Lensic Performing Arts Center
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InterPlanetary Panel Discussion July 18, 2017

The InterPlanetary Project’s kick-off event is a panel discussion at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe. Panelists consider questions like these: What will it take to become an InterPlanetary civilization? How should we address the most pressing problems of Earth to tackle a challenge at this scale? What will success mean for future generations? What is holding humanity back and what do we all need to achieve in terms of novel governance, new technologies, shared resources, and global cooperation to achieve this goal?

Confirmed panelists include:

Sandra Moore Faber (UC Santa Cruz), a professor of astronomy and astrophysics and the project investigator for the DEEP2 survey of 50,000 distant galaxies using the Keck Observatory telescopes in Hawaii

Science and technology journalist Kate Greene, who spent four months on a simulated Mars mission for NASA

Screenwriter, producer, director, and author Jonathan Nolan; who joined remotely. Nolan has collaborated on several films including "Interstellar," "Dark Knight," "Memento," and the "Westworld" TV series

Transdisciplinary artist, researcher, writer, teacher, and citizen scientist Dario Robleto (Artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute)

Digital media executive Scott Ross, who led George Lucas' companies in the1980s and is a co-founder, along with James Cameron and Stan Winston, of Digital Domain, Inc.

Neal Stephenson, author of Seveneves, Cryptonomicon, Snowcrash, and other works of speculative fiction who is is currently a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute

and Geoffrey West, a distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute whose 25+ years of research into mathematical scaling laws have recently been published in the widely-acclaimed book Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies;


The event features images and ambient sounds by Thomas Ashcraft and Nate Metheny, and video by Fatcake Productions.

The InterPlanetary Project, generously funded by the Miller Omega Program, is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Institute and Creative Santa Fe, a local nonprofit which cultivates thought leadership and spearheads collaborative projects at the intersections of art, culture, technology, education, and industry.

SFI’s 2017 Community Lecture Series is supported by Thornburg Investment Management, with additional support provided by The Lensic Performing Arts Center.



SFI Host: 
David Krakauer

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