How do stories create our future?

When we talk about technology, we’re really talking about ourselves. Emerging tech has become a container for our anxieties about future ways of living.

What stories do we tell ourselves about tech, and how do these narratives shape our futures?

11th November, 6.30pm Online.

Stories we tell about tech

Emerging tech has been shaped by hundreds of years of stories; technology is deeply enmeshed in the culture that surrounds it.

From Hephaestus, the first roboticist in Greek mythology to invent autonomous ‘servants’, through to Karel Čapek’s Roboti, HAL 9000, Knight Rider’s KITT, and Dick Tracy’s video wristwatch, distinguishing between technologies and our fantasies about them has never been easy.

How narratives are told

Storytelling shapes tech narratives; most films depict AI as having bodies because it’s a visual medium. 

Storytelling conventions are often created through the fears and desires of the cultures that produce them. How can new forms of storytelling impact how we understand our future?

Invented futures

While a small number of people are creating the tech that becomes the blueprint for what our future might look like, it’s necessary to keep in mind the limitless number of possible futures that can be created.

But which voices get to create these new narratives?

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