Pop culture may be obsessed with science, but it's rare to find a scifi story that gets it right. That's why a group of Hollywood mucky mucks have hooked up with a bunch of scientists to create the Science and Entertainment Exchange. The group holds regular symposia where they bring together Hollywood creators with people like Rodney Brooks from MIT's artificial intelligence lab, in an effort to make pop science more realistic. Tomorrow, the group is holding a meeting in Los Angeles that sounds terrific, with lessons from top researchers on everything from plagues and climate change to robots and space travel. We can only hope that Jerry Bruckheimer is on the exclusive invite list. The group is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences, which is a very good sign that we can look forward to a day when I'll be able to refer to the "scientific entertainment complex." Cannot wait. Science and Entertainment Exchange [official site]
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