I’m pleased to have been asked to contribute to this event looking at Social Robots for Health and Well-being in Ageing Societies; I’ll be reading and discussing my story, Eating Robots.
“This interdisciplinary workshop develops a critical approach to the research and development of social robots for health and well-being. […] The workshop brings perspectives from HRI, STS, Age Studies, and neighboring fields into conversation to develop aspects of an agenda for more reflective, holistic and appropriate development of social robots for older adults in ageing societies.”
The event is organised by Andreas Bischof and Sanna Kuoppamäki (members of the socio-gerontechnology network)
I love that people ask me how it’s going, being a part-time writer. So, here’s an insight into this week’s two days of writing.
I woke up today with some new thoughts about the novel I’m writing, mulled them over and then made sure I had written them down before being awake crashed in. Then, as I was pondering the next CyberSalon event that I’m co-hosting and writing a piece of flash fiction for on the future of money, I came across an event on quantum computing and crypto, and helpfully it’s on a Thursday so I can attend.
Later this morning I’m meeting someone from Central Saint Martins to talk about contributing to their innovation magazine, followed by a telephone call with a professor in Germany about my part in a workshop on healthcare and robotics.
And, then for the rest of the day and tomorrow it’s back to the novel to begin writing the middle section, having completed the second draft of the first third.
Recently, I wrote a story for the first in a CyberSalon series of interdisciplinary, technology and policy investigations through science-fiction storytelling.
The first was on health and it’s worth taking a look; you can read the summary, watch the event and read the stories.
Eva Pascoe, chair of CyberSalon, describes the four stories as: “ranging from Robo-Bot for Health Insurance app going tragically wrong (by Jule Owen), a food-whores brothel where people pay vagrants to eat the unhealthy food for them (by Stephen Oram), examining the case of elderly medical surveillance app gone rouge (Britta F Schulte), to being lured into swapping your health data for a rare chance to travel to space (Ben Greenaway).
Take a look, and have a think… what future do you want (to avoid)?