Register for Future Telling: Does the Future Compute?

This Free Event Virtual Event is Scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 PM (CST)

In honor of Grace Hopper’s birthday, we’re exploring the past and future of computing. Join computer scientists across multiple disciplines from Argonne National Laboratory to see what’s new and what’s next in everything from data visualization to cyber security to super computers.

Then, hear from authors Aaron Starmer and Joelle Charbonneau as they share their visions of the future and the story starters they’ve brainstormed based on the scientists’ talks.

The Future Telling events are a collaboration between Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read and the NIU Libraries. These fun, fast-paced webinars include panel discussions and Q&As with authors and experts about hot topics in researching and writing science fiction. Our goal is to introduce writers to bleeding-edge concepts, to invigorate STEM experts with mind-bending views of the future, and to celebrate the connections between STEM and storytelling.

The event will be recorded and posted to our YouTube playlist and the Future Telling website, where you can find recordings of all of our past webinars.

This Month’s Featured Authors

Aaron Starmer (The Riverman Trilogy, The Only Ones). His latest book, Meme, is “a tense, psychological thriller for the internet age about the destructive combination of self-important goals and self-serving plans.” His sci-fi comedy Spontaneous was adapted as feature film by Brian Duffield and starring Katherine Langford.

Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy, Dividing Eden). Her recent novel Need explores the dark side of a social networking site where everyone can get anything they desire…for a price. Her latest series Verify and Disclose imagine a future where the government has used digital and technological means to erase words, alter the truth, and censor the past.

This Month’s Featured Computer Science Experts

Aaron Oaks is a nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. Due to increased energy demands and the need for energy security, Aaron chose to focus his scientific pursuits on nuclear energy.  His research and development of models and databases for metallic nuclear fuels helps us better understand how nuclear fuel performs over time. Recognizing how his early passion for science influenced his future, Aaron is an active volunteer at outreach events promoting the importance of STEM.

Jennifer M. Fowler is a cyber security analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Information Security from Lewis University. Jennifer is an Adjunct professor, and teaches a graduate-level course on Encryption and Authentication Systems. She enjoys learning and teaching about the applicability of tools and exploits. Her areas of interests include cryptography, cryptocurrency/anti-money laundering, data privacy, social engineering, Internet infrastructure, and IoT.

Marius Stan is the Intelligent Materials Design Lead in the Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Materials division. Stan is a computational physicist and chemist interested in complexity, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, heterogeneity, and materials design for energy and electronics applications. He uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and multi-scale computer simulations to understand and predict properties and evolution of complex physical systems.

Spencer Wagner is a math and computer science teacher in Aurora, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education. He has a passion for teaching, coaching, and solving complicated games of strategy. In his free time, he enjoys playing and coding video games as well as researching the future of artificial intelligence and humanity. Spencer is also an alum of Science Riot. Science Riot’s science communication workshops teach scientists the basics of comedy writing and performance then throw them onstage to deliver a comedy talk. Spencer will share his routine during the event.