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The Privilege of the Future (SweCon 2015 GoH Speech)

The Privilege of the Future (SweCon 2015 GoH Speech)

A note: I wrote these remarks after having watched the reception to my interview in The Atlantic about the need for women in futurism. A relevant snippet: Ashby says that any time she speaks in front of a crowd, and offers a grim view of the future, someone (almost always a man) invariably asks why she can’t be more positive. “Why is this so depressing, why is this so dystopian,” they ask. “Because when you talk about the future you…

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No one cares about your jetpack: on optimism in futurism

No one cares about your jetpack: on optimism in futurism

This review of Disney’s Tomorrowland (and others like it that I have read) got me thinking about something I was asked at the Design In Action summit last week in Edinburgh. I was there participating in the “Once Upon a Future” event, where I read a story called “The Dreams in the Bitch House.” It’s about a tech sorority at a small New England university. And programmable matter. After I did my keynote and read my story, I did a…

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Plotting the recovery: optimism, SF and Squid

Plotting the recovery: optimism, SF and Squid

All I ever wanted was a world without maps. –Michael Ondaatje This is footage from a flashmob snowball fight in Washington, DC that was organized via Twitter. During the snowball fight, a snowball hit the Hummer of an off-duty police officer, who proceeded to pull over and exit the vehicle before waving his gun around. What’s interesting is that at first, the crowd just laughs. They have every right to. This is ridiculous behaviour. It’s a temper tantrum. I saw…

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