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Jared Lindzon – Mining asteroids, an activity that could produce the world’s first trillionaire by 2030. 3D-printed cruises ships and hospitals. But no more taxi drivers, firefighters and (gulp) journalists. Indeed, the future of the world according to Thomas Frey is not quite what you might expect.
Frey is executive director and “senior futurist” at the DaVinci Institute, a 17-year-old think tank where he gathers a group of high-profile intellectuals for deep conversations about tomorrow. And we mean high profile: regular contributors to these “mastermind groups” include nearly every sitting governor of Colorado (the think tank’s home state), CEOs like Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, the commissioner of the U.S. patent office, university presidents and science fiction authors like David Brin.
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The Legendary Ben Bova
Ben Bova’s series of novels about the planets, including his newly released “Mars Life,” has been dubbed “The Grand Tour.” The six-time Hugo-winning author will be making a grand tour of sorts when he comes to Denver this week for the World Science Fiction Convention, where he will receive the Robert A. Heinlein Award.
Among Bova’s book-signing and speaking engagements is an appearance Wednesday evening at C.B & Potts in Westminster for the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” series, a program dreamed up by Louisville think-tank founder Thomas Frey that connects bright thinkers with intimate audiences.