Science and fiction, technology and utopia – reality and the imagined are often closer together than one might think. It seems that the time frames of vision to realisation to monetisation have become smaller and shorter.

The science:fiction track seeks to cover all areas where science and technology intervene in our daily lives: where development and innovation meet culture and society and where culture and society fuel development and innovation.

We're also interested in looking to the future. What drives our imagination and what makes us dream up new paths in technology and science? The “Internet of Things” was first mentioned in 1999, today we're closer to “embedded intelligence”. Can devices keep up with this global technological adaptation?

In 1969, future visions prophesied a data network. In 2000, Arthur C. Clark said: “We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be.” And: “It will be possible in that age … for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London.”

It is common for technological developments to have their origins in pop-culture. “Star Trek” had the holodeck and universal translators, “2001: A Space Odyssey” previewed tablets and digital media, while the stories of Frankenstein and Golem are the moulds for scientists' quest for artificial intelligence.

This track examines the visions and potentials of science, technology, and research. A glance at the tech industry already shows us that today's significant development can be tomorrow's serious concern. Finally, we are interested in dreams, puzzles, design, new materials, making, and hacking. At re:publica, technology is our vehicle for an optimistic future: robots are our friends!

Photo credit: re:publica/Sara Dacci (CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • Science Fiction
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    Workshop for the assembly of a robotic arm and associated controller.

    In this workshop the participants will learn the basics of mechanical assembly, electronics, programming, and the interrelation between them for the consecution of a final device. During the wokshop the concepts of team work, communication and task division for the accomplishment of the goal will be transmitted.
  • sub:marine
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    Dieser Vortrag erzählt davon, wie die Tiefsee erforscht wird und wie in den letzten Jahrzehnten durch bemannte und unbemannte Tauchfahrzeuge bisher unbekannte, hochproduktive Ökosysteme entdeckt wurden.

    Da der Mensch nicht die Tiefsee begehen kann wie Astronauten den Mond, geschieht die Erkundung und Entdeckung solcher Lebensräume vor allem mittels digitaler Techniken – Roboter übertragen Bilder und Daten, die Wissenschaftler und Tauchpiloten sitzen auf dem Forschungsschiff und müssen die Informationen integrieren um sich in der Tiefe zurecht zu finden und Lebensräume zu kartieren zu und beproben.
  • 14 Tracks, 500 Stunden, 700 Speaker – hier den Überblick zu behalten, ist nicht leicht. Doch wir führen euch Stück für Stück heran. Das Programmteam stellt die #rp17 vor.

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    Die klare Trennung von Science-Fiction und Business Reality fällt zunehmend schwer. Während zeitgenössische Science-Fiction-Produktionen nahe Zukünfte ausloten, arbeitet das Silicon Valley an Projekten, die direkt aus Science-Fiction-Welten stammen könnten. Diese Konvergenz von Fiction und Business eröffnet eine neue Perspektive – nicht nur auf technologische, sondern auch auf gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen. Kurz: In Science-Fiction-Erzählungen zeigen sich die zentralen Themen unserer Zeit.
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    Berlin-based space company PTScientists are on a mission. A Mission to the Moon in fact. This is not science fiction. This is not fake news. This is a step towards making space more accessible – and it starts right here in Berlin.

    Come and meet the PTScientists and find out how they’ve been working with technology partners Audi and Vodafone to make their #MissiontotheMoon a reality, and learn how social media is key to engaging a global audience with space exploration.
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    One might argue that the collapse of communism is the loss of the future that really never was, but the fundamental source of fear of Utopianism is rooted in its formal necessity of Utopian closure and its origin in the idea of an idealized settlement and colonization. Can we reclaim Utopia to help us generate new ideas for how to survive and transcend postmodernism?
    Here's an idea: anti-anti-Utopianism.
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    Du bist WissenschaftlerIn, WissenschaftsjournalistIn, VertreterIn einer Hochschule oder Forschungseinrichtung oder ganz einfach allgemein an der Kommunikation von Wissen und Wissenschaft in den (digitalen) Medien interessiert? Dann lasst uns mal sprechen! Egal ob Blogs, Podcasts, Snapchat, Twitter - oder „klassisch“ Print: Was sind eure Erfahrungen? Welche Herausforderungen habt ihr zu bewältigen? Womit habt ihr gute oder schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht? Was können wir beim Transfer von Wissen(schaft) in die Gesellschaft besser machen?
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    In a time where contact between people happens increasingly online, the SPEKTRUM art space in Berlin set up a community program to connect people in a physical space to stimulate joint experimentation, knowledge sharing and the creation of new ideas and collaborations. Since 2015, communities around topics such as olfactory art, live cinema, sonic coding, gaming, motion technology and digital fabrication have been started up. This talk will give an overview of the creative synergies formed so far, and the process of community building itself.
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    Coverage about the ethics, safety, and societal impact of Artificial Intelligence come back to the same tired science fiction shorthands (HAL 9000, Terminator, Minority Report) that play out worst case scenarios. We need to get more creative with the ways we frame the conversation about societal concerns with AI because stories we tell about technology direct our attention and determine our future.
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    In seinem Roman "The Fountains of Paradise " hat Arthur C. Clarke 1979 die phantastische Vision des Weltraumaufzuges aufgezeigt: Statt aufwendiger und teurer Raketen befördern Aufzugskabinen Astronauten und Nutzlasten ins All. Neue technische Entwicklungen in der Chemie und der Raumfahrttechnik bringen diese Vision in erreichbare Nähe.
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    The speakers will discuss examples of technologies presented in the science fiction show Black Mirror. Together, we will reflect on the presented technological capabilities according to our own fantasies, fears and hopes. The speakers will invite the attendants to explore the positive and negative implications of technology on our daily lives. Are these tools developed to make our life better? Are they monitoring us and diminishing our humanity? Are we becoming smarter or stupider? Is there a way back?
  • Politics & Society
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    Blockchain technology changes more than the financial industry. Scientists have proposed revolutionary concepts for managing our democracy, forests and other natural systems as well as the way we work. Discussing potential benefits and risks, Thomas Wagenknecht introduces “Futarchy” and similar DAO governance models to change political systems, “terra0” which proposes a self-owned augmented forest and a concept to compensate founders and employees.