Creative conversations on how technology is changing our world. Come meet the people shaping our future.


01 Real Future of Sound
Saturday, November 7 — 7:30pm-10:30pm A 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.

02 Future of Sound

Saturday, November 7 — 7:30pm-10:30pm

A 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.

03 Schedule

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.

9:00am
Future of Storytelling
A round table discussion with storytelling talents from across different disciplines, revealing what they think makes a good story and how they see technology changing their fields. With insights from Nonny de la Peña, John Hanke, Robin Sloan, Susie Cagle, and Aina Abiodun.  Featuring Facebook’s Julie Zhuo in conversation with Alexis Madrigal.
10:45am
A sneak peek at Real Future
A new documentary series, introduced by Kevin Roose.
11:00am
Future of Law
Arguing possible cases from future courtrooms with Tim Hwang, Parker Higgins and Andrea M Matwyshyn.
11:40am
Future of Gaming
Latoya Peterson discusses her new digital series, Girl Gamers.
1:15pm
Future of Food
Food futurist Sarah Smith explores how eating might change as technology evolves, and Alexis Madrigal sits down for an interview with Allison Kopf, founder of Agrilyst, to talk about how data is changing farming.
2:00pm
Future of Sex & Health
Cleo Stiller-Farrel goes to a therapy session with a digital avatar and looks at the emerging world of teledildonics. Featuring 23andMe co-founder Lindy Avey in conversation with Alexis Madrigal.
3:30pm
Future of Privacy
Kashmir Hill dives into the new possibilities and perils of technology with Cindy Cohn from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ross Mcnutt of Persistent Surveillance Systems, and security expert Dan Tentler.
4:15pm
Future of Money
Featuring Trekonomics author Manu Saadia in conversation with Felix Salmon.
5:00pm
Future of Art part 1
Art partner NewHive explains what sets internet art apart, artist Jenny Odell shares stories from her residency at the SF dump, and Counterpulse Artistic Director Julie Phelps facilitates a conversation about art and tech collaborations, with a performance by Dohee Lee and Donald Swearingen.

Robot Cocktail Party

6:00pm-9:00pm

Visit 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.

11:00am-5:00pm
Fusion VR Media Lab
11:00am-5:00pm
Aerial Sports League Drone Wars
11:00am-5:00pm
Robot Petting Zoo
12:30pm
Welcome to the future, Alexis Madrigal
1:00pm
How to Hack your City, with Code for America's Andrew Hyder
1:00pm-4:00pm
Crypto & Privacy Village
2:00pm-3:00pm
Oddball’s Past Futures Film Festival
3:00pm
Future of Art part 2, NewHive
4:00pm
The Long Now, Alexander Rose

04 Real Future of Sound

Saturday, November 7

Doors: 7:00pm Show: 7:30pm

A 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

05 Experiences

Fusion VR Media Lab

Friday & 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 League

Saturday, 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 Zoo

Saturday, 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 America

Saturday, 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 Village

Saturday, 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 Festival

Saturday, 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 Art

Fusion 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


06 People
Marc Kate
Marc Kate is an electronic musician from San Francisco. He creates static experiments in synthesis that embody the opposite of New Age music. These scorched, spacious sounds, while haunting and etherial, are anything but spiritual. Instead, Kate’s music is visceral, material and deeply human. Originally trained as a filmmaker and visual artist, Marc Kate applies a cinematic and conceptual approach to music and audio production. He also produces electronic post-punk under the alias Never Knows. http://marckate.com
Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews joined Pixar Animation Studios in December 2000 and in his time at the studio he has worked on four of the studio’s feature films. He served as story supervisor on the Academy Award®-winning feature films “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” and as a storyboard artist for the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” Most recently, Andrews was the director of Disney•Pixar’s 2012 Golden Globe® and Academy Award®-winning feature “Brave.” He also contributed to the story of the critically acclaimed, award-winning, “Toy Story 3.” In addition to his work on Pixar’s feature films, Andrews co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award®-nominated short film, “One Man Band.” Andrews is currently working on an upcoming Pixar project.
Kelela
"I think there’s something particularly ‘Kelela’ about starting on a somber note;" this is how Kelela introduces her sublime, shape-shifting new EP, and in particular the cavernous tumble of its first song “A Message." While the track continually falls to pieces and puts itself back together again, Kelela duets with a disembodied spectre of herself recounting the emotional purgatory of a newly abandoned relationship. It’s more than an opening song, it is the moment that launches the narrative arc that is the backbone of the EP, titled Hallucinogen. @kelelam
Dan Tentler

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-Farrell

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."

Pamela Z
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency. www.pamelaz.com
Julie Zhuo
Julie Zhuo (@joulee) is director of product design @ Facebook. Her team works on designing News Feed, Groups, and other core experiences like like sharing with friends, catching up on news and media, and developing design standards and tools for Facebook. She also writes about design, tech, and various other topics at medium.com/@joulee.
Cindy Cohn
Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-­2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography.
Danielle Friedman

Danielle Friedman (@DaniAFriedman) is the founding editor of Fusion's Sex and Life section. She lives in New York City.

Felix Salmon
Felix Salmon is a senior editor at fusion. You can find him on twitter at @felixsalmon
Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal is Fusion's Editor-in-Chief. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired. He's the author of Powering the Dream and a visiting scholar at Berkeley.
Kashmir Hill
Kashmir Hill is the editor of Fusion's Real Future and is excited to be exploring the future of law and privacy at the Forum. She has hacked a stranger's smart home, lived on Bitcoin & paid a surprise visit to the NSA's Utah datacenter, all while trying to prove privacy isn't dead yet. She's on Twitter @kashhill.
Nonny de la Peña
Nonny de la Peña has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers.
Susie Cagle
Susie Cagle is a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine, and a frequent contributor of illustrated, animated, and plain old written journalism to outlets including Fusion, the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and others. She lives and works in Oakland, California.  
Aina Abiodun
Storyteller, futurist, and digital culture pioneer, Aina co-founded and steers StoryCode, a global organization for cross-platform and immersive storytellers which created the world's first story hackathon.
Manu Saadia
Manu Saadia, author of Trekonomics (forthcoming, spring 2016), fell into science fiction and Star Trek fandom at the age of eight, back in Paris, France, where he was born and raised. Manu studied history of science and economic history in Paris and Chicago. After many happy years in the Ivory Tower, he yielded to his childhood passion for the future. He embarked on a continuing mission to explore strange new worlds by boldly going where many have gone before - Los Angeles, CA, where he advises and (occasionally) builds tech companies.
Tim Hwang
Tim Hwang researches the policymaking impact of intelligent systems. He is the co-author of The Container Guide, a field guide to shipping containers and the logistics corporations that operate them.
Sarah Smith
Sarah uses design as a medium to visualize complex systems and provoke people to think about the future in new ways. As a research manager in IFTF's Food Futures and Health Futures Labs, she draws from her experience in a range of disciplinesinternational studies, graphic design, creative writing, and the food service industryto explore how emerging technologies and social practices will change the way people and communities create well-being. @eat_the_future
Andrew Hyder
Andrew Hyder is a civic hacker who enjoys making apps and maps. He is the developer relations engineer at Code for America where he travels the world helping volunteers build useful technology for their cities. As a 2013 CfA Fellow in Kansas City he advised on open data legislation, helped organized a volunteer Brigade, and developed BizFriend.ly to help small business owners adopt new technology. A trained urban planner he has built school yards, bicycle paths, and neighborhood parks around the Bay Area. @hackyourcity
Ross McNutt, Ph.D.
Dr. McNutt is the president of Persistent Surveillance Systems.  Persistent Surveillance Systems is the developer and provider of a new generation of affordable airborne and ground-based wide area surveillance systems and services that support communities and local law enforcement organizations. Dr McNutt has worked and continues to work in a very open and transparent way with a range of groups to develop an acceptable balance between legitimate privacy concerns and benefits of effective law enforcement support.
Allison Kopf
Founder and CEO of Agrilyst, the intelligence platform for indoor farms, and winner of Techcrunch Disrupt 2015
Alexander Rose
As the director of Long Now, Alexander founded The Interval and has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.

07 About

About Fusion

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.

Past Events

Real Future of Deceit

Brooklyn

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

Los Angeles

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.

With stories by Kashmir Hill, Jorge Rivas, Cleo Stiller-Farrel and Cara Rose DeFabio.


08 Location
Innovation Hangar, 3601 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA