It’s always a pleasure to write for the British Science Fiction Association’s Focus magazine & it was great to receive the autumn copy today which includes my article on the (possible) programmable pound of the future.
A lot of the thinking came from the 22 Ideas About the Future project with Cybersalon, especially from David Birch, and from reading David Graeber and Mark Carney.
I hope it inspires some great sci-fi, and even some policy pondering about a programmable pound.
Now available on my Youtube channel – the closing “Futures Imaginaries” talk at the Goethe-Institut Indonesien’s Digital DiscoursesScience/Fiction conference, looking at how future-shaping technologies are changing the way we live, work, and eat.
I talk a bit about the interactive role of stories, and in particular speculative fiction, with future(s), describe a project with King’s College London and a project with Cybersalon, read a short story designed to raise ethical issues with AI predicting future mental health, and then answer audience questions.
Influencing and predicting the future using speculative fiction:
What is the role of science fiction in imagining the future?
Do science fiction’s predictions affect the future?
How can fiction raise ethical issues around the future of technology and society?