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Literature: The Influence of Science Fiction on Innovation

Sunday School

Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (GMT)

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The role of the science fiction writer is not only to imagine new worlds, but also the new technology that shapes them, inviting us to wonder ‘if the world contained such wonderful new things, what would life be like?’ Both science fiction and innovation involve narratives that try to open our eyes to the opportunities and hazards of new technologies. But how big an influence has science fiction really had on technology and innovation? Does imagining technologies and societies in which they are used make innovation more or less likely? Easier or harder? And can it help forestall undesirable innovations?

Writer Jon Turney will talk about how we imagine the future of technology through design, speculation, and science fiction and how our views change as we experience the advent of new technologies, and react to an increasing accumulation of images of futures past. He was also examine the similarities between story-telling and technology that allow us to explore the meaning and purpose of innovation. 

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Jon Turney is a Bristol based science writer and lecturer interested in science and society, new technology, science fiction and futures. His books include Frankenstein's Footsteps (1998), which won the BMA Award for popular medical book of the year and The Rough Guide to the Future (2010), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society's science book prize.

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Pierhead, Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay

Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (GMT)

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Sunday School is a new event for Wales, which provides a place where people can hear from a range of inspiring speakers on a variety of subjects pertinent to Wales and the wider communities. Taking place fortnightly in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, our programme of free secular talks is open to curious minds everywhere.

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