NIAC projects involve technologies at the leading edge and often just a bit beyond.
Videos of the presentations are available online at 2015 NIAC Symposium on Livestream.
Lots of interesting talks. Here, for example, is a keynote address by noted science fiction author Joe Haldeman (starts at 31:30):
And here is one of the sessions:
Larry Matthies, NASA JPL – Titan Aerial Daughtercraft • David Wettergreen, Carnegie Mellon University – Nomadic Exploration: Following routes of solar sustenance and temperate climate • Robert Winglee, University of Washington, Seattle – Sample Return Systems for Extreme Environments
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