No, I’m not saying that Easter is a con; you really do have to stop reading everything as if it’s clickbait 😉
But seriously, I’ll be at the annual British science fiction convention over Easter and am really looking forward to giving a talk, being on panels and reading from my forthcoming collection –Extracting Humanity.
It’ll be good to catch up with a few people too and to sit and absorb all the wisdom (and humour) which is the fuel that these events run on (as well as lots of fantastic volunteers, of course).
If you’re going to be there and want to see what I’m up to then it’s listed on my events page – come and say hello. Equally, if you’re not going to be there and want to see what you’re missing then that too is on my events page.
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?
I’m busy thinking about and planning my talk at the Goethe-Institut Indonesien’s Digital Discourses Science/Fiction conference. As always I find it interesting to stop and consider the what and why of this aspect of my work.
The conference is looking at how future-shaping technologies are changing the way we live, work, and eat. And, I’m talking about whether science fiction can influence / affect / predict the future and my experiences of writing near-future fiction to raise ethical issues in public engagement events with scientists and technologists.
If you want to know a bit more feel free to join me for some pre-event Q&A on twitter (5pm Jakarta time on Monday 24 October).