Invented Futures, Bristol Technology Festival 2019

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Invented Futures, Bristol Technology Festival 2019

Join Invented Futures for an evening of wrangling all possible futures into one room with discussion, speculation and drinks down at Framework co-working on 7th November.

A part of Bristol Tech Festival 2019, we'll have AI researchers, VR enthusiasts, engineers, writers, artists and everyone with an opinion on Westworld gathered in one place.

The panel so far:

Julia Scott-Stevenson - Julia is a research fellow in interactive factual media with Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE, and an Immersion Fellow at South West Creative Technology Network. She is exploring whether immersive media technologies might offer ways of imagining a preferred future, and so help us identify a path to get there.

Pete Bennett - Pete is a designer, musician, academic, artist and creative technologist. Pete spends half of his time lecturing in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol Computer Science department, and the other half as a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio.

Coral Manton - Coral Manton is a creative technologist, researcher and game developer. She is Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University. With her collaborator Birgitte Aga, she creates work that critiques the commercial pursuit of humanising AI technologies and challenges the bias, stereotyping and pervasive influence embedded within, including Women Reclaiming AI.

Cheryl Morgan - Cheryl Morgan is a critic, editor, publisher and a four-time winner of the Hugo Award. In the past year she has given a keynote speech at an academic conference in Graz, Austria; has been a Guest of Honour at the Finnish National Science Fiction Convention; and has delivered a talk on the Prehistory of Robotics at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin. She is on Twitter as @CherylMorgan, blogs at Cheryl's Mewsings, and creates the fanzine, Salon Futura.

The stories we tell about emerging tech: intelligent robots, Greek myths and Dick Tracy's wristwatch

When we talk about technology, we’re really talking about ourselves. Emerging tech has become a container for our anxieties about future ways of living. What stories do we tell ourselves about tech, and how do these narratives shape our futures?

Emerging tech has been shaped by hundreds of years of stories; technology is deeply enmeshed in the culture that surrounds it. From Hephaestus, the first roboticist in Greek mythology to invent autonomous ‘servants’, through to Karel Čapek’s Roboti, HAL 9000, Knight Rider’s KITT, and Dick Tracy’s video wristwatch, distinguishing between technologies and our fantasies about them has never been easy.

New ways of telling stories

Storytelling conventions are also often created through the fears and desires of the cultures that produce them. Storytelling itself shapes tech narratives; most films depict AI as having bodies because it’s a visual medium.

How can new forms of storytelling impact how we understand our future?

Alternative futures

While emerging tech is taking hold of the imaginative ground for what our future might look like, it’s a necessity to keep in mind that a limitless number of possible futures can be created.

But which voices get to create these new narratives? And how can speculative thinking be useful when reality is so strange, and public discourse so bleak?

Visit the Invented Futures website here.

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