SAT 7:00 PM Atrium 1
What is Intelligence?
Ted Chiang's "Understand" asks and then attempts to very thoroughly answer the question of what it would really be like to be super-intelligent. Along the way, it delves into the definition of intelligence, and whether greater intelligence necessarily means greater morality. What's our current definition of intelligent? What is intelligence? Is our definition something that could evolve? Could we achieve super-intelligence with performance enhancing drugs? What would it mean to be super-intelligent?
Jason Wittman, Marissa Lingen (M), Martin Summerton, Steven Halter, Ted Chiang
SAT 8:30 PM Krushenko's - Atrium 7
Crossing over from SF to Mystery
Can SF and Mystery successfully co-exist in the same book? What qualities do the respective genres have that play nicely together, and which elements squabble bitterly? How do their respective backgrounds in the niche market of pulp make them unique? What are some of our favorite authors who successfully navigate the blending of these two popular styles?
Christopher Davis, CJ Mills, Dana M. Baird (M), Lois McMaster Bujold, Marissa Lingen
SUN 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Atrium 2
Reading: Marissa Lingen
That's how the programming schedule lists readings. It does not say, "Awesome cookies." But there will, in fact, be awesome cookies at my reading. Just FYI, if you're having a Sunday con afternoon, and you're thinking, "Hmm, should I do something strenuous, or should I listen to a story and eat a cookie?" They are mostly oats and pecans by volume, so they are totally health food, these cookies. They also contain chocolate, orange zest, spices, and awesome. And also I will read, but not for long enough to bore you. If you're around, you should come.