November 6th & 7th, 2015
San Francisco, California
Saturday, November 7 — 7:30pm-10:30pmA smorgasbord of live journalism and musical performances challenging you to rethink what our future might sound like. Featuring a live podcast recording with Song Exploder, an electrifying performance by local legend Pamela Z, performative art by Dia Dear, sonic landscapes from Disquiet, a live score by Marc Kate, and original reporting from the entire Real Future team. Additionally, we are thrilled to announce our headliner for the Real Future of Sound, the future soul songstress Kelela. Her new EP Hallucinogen has been described as "confident, amorphous, and unapologetic", "as if her melodies were parting the sea before her". Her songs feel like an R&B dispatch from another dimension; both emotional and unearthly, managing to combine sophisticated beats with a vulnerability in her voice that is rare. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her on our stage, both for an interview with Hrishikesh Hirway, and for a headlining set to close out the evening.
Friday, November 6 8:00am-5:30pm
Real Future Forum
Join us for a day filled with creative conversations about how technology is changing our world. We'll explore what's next for everything from money to storytelling and want you to join the dialogue. Come meet the people shaping our future.
Robot Cocktail Party
6:00pm-9:00pmVisit the future where robots do the bartending, and each conversation is more interesting than the last. Featuring signature cocktails by R2Drink2, Shake Manhattan Bot, Cosmobot and other mechanical marvels. Kick off your weekend with our machine mixologists, dance to grooves from our space cumbia band, and meet the entire Real Future team.
Saturday, November 7
Real Future Fair
A day-long civic event, featuring drone demonstrations, a robot petting zoo, a retro future film screening and programming from Code for America, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Counterpulse, Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Long Now. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 7
Doors: 7:00pm Show: 7:30pmA smorgasbord of live journalism and musical performances challenging you to rethink what our future might sound like. Featuring a live podcast recording with Song Exploder, an electrifying performance by local legend Pamela Z, performative art by Dia Dear, sonic landscapes from Disquiet, a live score by Marc Kate, and original reporting from the entire Real Future team. Additionally, we are thrilled to announce our headliner for the Real Future of Sound, the future soul songstress Kelela. Her new EP Hallucinogen has been described as "confident, amorphous, and unapologetic", "as if her melodies were parting the sea before her". Her songs feel like an R&B dispatch from another dimension; both emotional and unearthly, managing to combine sophisticated beats with a vulnerability in her voice that is rare. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her on our stage, both for an interview with Hrishikesh Hirway, and for a headlining set to close out the evening. At the Innovation Hangar Tickets: $45
Fusion VR Media LabFriday & Saturday Nov. 6th & 7th, 11:00am-5:00pm Immerse yourself in the newest media craze at our virtual reality laboratory. Our Fusion VR team has been working 360 degree storytelling that will transport you to places you never thought you’d see: swim with a whale, take a walk inside a nuclear reactor, and experience solitary confinement from behind a set of goggles.
Aerial Sports LeagueSaturday, Nov. 7th 11:00am-5:00pm Come see aerial drones battle it out in a flight to the finish! What started 4 years ago as a Bay Area drone ‘fight club’ has grown into an international community of drone sports pilots with a focus on FPV racing and drone combat games. The Aerial Sports League now has chapters all over the world with more opening every month. Come meet the pilots and watch them battle their customized creations.
Robot Petting ZooSaturday, Nov. 7th 11:00am-5:00pm Stop by to feed a menagerie of robotic animals created by Bay Area Youth. Assembled during hackathons where kids learn coding, electronics and physical prototyping by building an interactive robotic pet. All ages are welcome to be inspired by these one-of-a-kind robots and meet the creators and mentors that made them possible.
How to Hack your City, with Code for AmericaSaturday, Nov. 7th 1:00pm Andrew Hyder presents a selection of projects from volunteers building useful technology for their cities, and explains how you too can get involved.
Crypto & Privacy VillageSaturday, Nov. 7th 1:00pm-4:00 p.m. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Nadia Kayyali will be talking about electronic self-defense and offering some basic tools to make your computer less likely to be used against you.
Oddball’s Past Futures Film FestivalSaturday, Nov. 7th 2:00pm-3:00pm Oddball Films opens their vaults to present an original program of short films form the 20th Century that attempt to envision and predict the future. From documentary to science fiction, this multi-genred bill of futurism fluctuates between being hilariously off-point and eerily accurate. Curated by Christina Yglesias.
NewHive presents The Future of ArtFusion is pleased to announce NewHive as the Official Art Partner of Real Future Fair. Through commissioned projects, live visuals, an open call for art, and a panel with participating artists, Fusion and NewHive are teaming up to present visitors with an exciting vision for the future of art. NewHive is a multimedia publishing platform for artists, writers, musicians, performers, and technologists, who are making the freshest and most creative multimedia work on the web today. Deemed a "strange – but inspiring – visual rabbit hole” by WIRED and a "vibrant hub for all sorts of forward-leaning artwork" by The Boston Globe, NewHive has made a name for itself as the go-to source for discovering cutting-edge trends before they hit the mainstream. www.newhive.com
Dan Tentler (@Viss) has been working in the field of computer security since 2008. Having begun his own consultancy, he was contracted to assist with both the attack and the defense of software companies, financial organizations, electrical utilities and social media companies. Dan has trained himself in the ways of the skilled attacker, and keeps abreast of the current threat landscape in an effort to bring only the most precise, most refined tradecraft to his clientele. Now, as the CTO of Carbon Dynamics, Dan routinely conducts security engagements for a wide variety of industries and businesses.
Cleo Stiller (@CleoMSF) is an award winning health, sex, and technology reporter for Fusion. She is the host and creator of the digital video series "Asking for a Friend..." and the Snapchat health and relationships series "Fusion Quickie."
Danielle Friedman (@DaniAFriedman) is the founding editor of Fusion's Sex and Life section. She lives in New York City.
Fusion, a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and Disney/ABC, is a multi-platform media company that champions a young, diverse, and inclusive world. Open minds seeking intelligent news and culture coverage can find us anywhere they are - across TV, digital, social, live events and emerging platforms.
About Real Future
Reporting on how technology is changing our world, Real Future brings your daily online reporting, live journalism events, and coming soon our very own TV show.
Real Future of Deceit
From catfishing to fakecations, our lives online are often far from the truth, but does technology ultimately make it easier or more difficult for us to lie? The Real Future of Deceit will look at the intersection between technology and our human compulsion to deceive. From apps that detect your mood in real time, giving you feedback on emotions we might prefer to mask, to the ins and outs of faking an online business, expect in-depth reporting and interactive stage magic in our own unique blend of live journalism.
With stories by Akilah Hughes, Kashmir Hill, Cristina Constantini, Kristen Brown, Taryn Harper Wright, Cara Rose DeFabio, and with music by Ashkon Davaran. Hosted by Fusion’s Editor in Chief Alexis Madrigal, with a reception to follow, the whole Real Future team looks forward to meeting you!
Real Future of Romance
Real Future of Romance looked at technology's role in the human quest for love in our modern world. The evening of live journalism included thought-provoking stories tailored for the stage, ranging from an investigative report into the workers supplying intimacy online, to a micro-documentary on the emerging world of teledildonics. The audience was encouraged to contribute content via their phones during the show, texting in for a live poll that yielded real time infographics, and even joining on stage for a game show that was part Dating Game, part Turing Test. Finally our host Alexis Madrigal sat down with Peabody Award-winning radio producer Lea Thau, on the extraordinary episodes of her podcast Strangers, to discuss why Love Hurts.