Real-Life Tomorrowland at Real Future Fair
If you or someone you know has ever gone to San Francisco, chances are you’ve taken a photo with the giant marble columns of the Palace of Fine Arts as backdrop. A bus stop away from the famed Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts is eminently Instagram-worthy. What’s less known is that it was built in 1915 to be the site of the World’s Fair—a collection of exhibitions that brought in millions of visitors to the city and which showcased the best of technology at the time, including electricity and long-distance telephony. So when I heard that the same site would host Real Future Fair, a modern-day equivalent with robots, drones, and virtual reality goggles, I wondered if the choice of venue had been deliberate.