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Predictive Fiction

September 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We (professionals, public, policy makers, etc.) need to try to get a handle on where technological change is going, and how to anticipate some of the impact of the various trajectories.  A tool for doing this is a fairly constrained form of Science Fiction I call “predictive” fiction.  Stories that are build on our current understanding of science/technology and project a modest distance into the future to explore how these things may affect society.

Now, in 2018 this concept is being used in industry as “Fiction Prototyping” .. see the MIT Tech Review article on this or the scholarly paper from Cornell
This talk will explore this concept by “Looking Backward” (1887 book by Edward Bellamy), one example of the genre — Fiction lets us explore the possible implications of emerging technology before we have to deal with the reality.  The downside is “dramatic tension” which leads to the “Critionization” of science (where science becomes the problem .. see works of Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park, etc.)

Speaker(s): Jim,


We welcome guests to arrive at 6:30 and wander the museum

7:00 pm on Friday

Room: Lower Meeting Room
Bldg: New Hampshire Telephone Museum
One Depot Street
Warner, New Hampshire


September 28, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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