At The Edge Dinner 2015 in Vancouver
Dinner Photo Album Below
A new generation of artists, writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, might create an abundance of new flowers and fruit and trees and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet. Most of these artists would be amateurs, but they would be in close touch with science, like the poets of the earlier Age of Wonder. The new Age of Wonder might bring together wealthy entrepreneurs ... and a worldwide community of gardeners and farmers and breeders, working together to make the planet beautiful as well as fertile, hospitable to hummingbirds as well as to humans. —Freeman Dyson 
In his 2009 talk at the Bristol Festival of Ideas, Freeman Dyson pointed out that we are entering a new Age of Wonder, which is dominated by computational biology. In articulating his vision for the future he noted that Edge  is the nexus of this intellectual activity. Edge, through its Master Classes , Seminars , Edge Annual Question , Dinners, gathers together the third culture intellectuals and technology pioneers of the post-industrial, digital age.
This "worldwide community of gardeners and farmers and breeders" referred to by Dyson as the leaders of the "Age of Wonder" has been getting together for an annual dinner since 1985, when, following the launch of the IBM personal computer, it convened a dinner in Las Vegas during the Comdex convention. The dinner in the ensuing years has had many names—"The Billionaires' Dinner "(1999), "The Edge  Science Dinner " (2003), "The Edge London Dinner " (2006), "The Age of Wonder Dinner "(2010), "The Edge Dinner " (2012)—and has been held in many different kinds of locales: A Chinese restaurant in North Beach, the boardroom of the investment banking firm of Allen & Co. in New York, The Ritz in Paris , the boardroom of Rockefeller University; Zilly Fish in London, Cibo's in Monterey; Spago in Beverly Hills, Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver; a Vietnamese restaurant in Rome, Ristorante Del Cambio in Turin .