For someone who works at a tech startup, I am both extremely old and also extremely out of the loop when it comes to topics like VR, AI, Soylent, drones, and electric skateboards, but I’m thinking that a trip to this weekend’s Worlds Fair Nano at the Brooklyn Expo Center could be a good primer to get me up to speed. The two-day festival, which runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, is a smorgasbord of cutting edge technology and futurism that seems to have something for everyone. There are hands-on opportunities to play with tech in a VR Theater and a Drone Zone, you can hear talks about the future of various aspects of our lives from industry leaders and androids alike, and there will be interactive art to play with, including sound and light sculptures. Along more traditional lines, there will live music, beer, and snacks available for purchase, but with a futuristic twist: You can try innovations like chewable coffee and cricket powder protein snacks, as well as hear the first VR gesture electronic music duo perform. Tickets for a one-day pass are $55 each.
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