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SciFly // 156 // Remote Speculations Week 59/60

Speculative Events, News & Resources | Sent 5/3


Hey SciFly Readers!

This week, some exciting news about PRIMER and a cool upcoming panel I'll be participating in!


PRIMER21: Now What?

The past year has been a radical departure from what many consider 'normal', causing us to pause and reflect on what is important and the question "Now What?". A year after COVID, we still seek better visions for tomorrow but are more aware of the work we need to do to reconcile our past so that together, we can co-create preferable futures. Across domains, geographies, and cultures we must examine how COVID has changed our daily lives and question how we want to live moving forward.
  • What lessons have we learned from COVID and how might they inform what we do now?
  • How has the last year changed how we envision preferable futures, for ourselves, our communities, and more broadly for humanity?
  • In what ways has COVID illuminated who benefits and who bears the costs of progress?
  • Most importantly, how might we navigate to preferable futures for all, together?
This year, PRIMER21 will be presented in a virtual format hosted in collaboration between our global Speculative Futures Meetups with the conference spanning 2 days 

Check out the call for submissions here!
 

ISHANYA21


Panel: Decolonizing the Future, Implementing more Futures approaches within Design Thinking and Organizations
I'm super excited to join some awesome people for a conversation at Ishanya21!

Our panel will take place Saturday, May 8th, 9am EDT, but the conference is much longer and has tons of other cool stuff!

ISHANYA, The Annual Festival of Design, Art, and Technology at the Department of Design-IIT Guwahati, entails the showcase of ideas through an exposition of events, projects, competitions, and exhibitions. Ishanya is back, this 5th to 9th of May, bigger than ever, bringing together exciting events and some of the biggest names in the industry and academia!

This year’s event is built on the theme ‘When Tomorrow Comes Today’ sparking curiosity, questions, and conversations in the context of the future and how as agents of change we respond to it, molding the course of the future. This edition will showcase inspiring stories of design gems, spectacular events that will nudge you to rethink possibilities and workshops to train your creative flair, and more. Open for design students & aspirants, design professionals, tech students & professionals. 

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As always, I hope you are all doing well, wherever you are!

Don't forget you can find me on the Speculative Futures Slack (which I pseudo-moderate) if you want to chat! @DocMartens

Stay safe in your speculations, and catch you next week!

❤️Doc

"The future is here, now let's distribute it." 
 

Doc Martens


SciFly is a design studio dedicated to leveraging speculative design and science fiction to imagine and prototype alternative futures enabled by today's emerging technology.
 
 
   
 
 
 

Online Events 🗓

Events are organized chronologically by week with events from Speculative Futures chapters listed separately at the end.

WEEK 1 - Tuesday, May 4th - Monday, May 10th

Tuesday, May 4


On the Horizon: Looking to the Future of Augmented Reality // 2pm - 3pm EDT // Free
As immersive technologies are paving the way to the future, augmented reality (AR) is at the forefront of it all. Is ease of use and accessibility the key components making AR a perfect starting point for many in their exploration of XR? Or is AR technology a step ahead of the industry? Join our industry experts in a discussion about the future of AR and find out what’s to come and what to expect in the coming years.
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DWeb Meetup May 2021: NFTs — Hope or Hype for Art? // 1pm - 2:30pm EDT // Free
NFTs certify the provenance of digital artifacts by tying them to a blockchain. That verification enables owners of the work to auction them off to the highest bidders. From digital artworks auctioned in galleries to Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, these verifiable objects are going for tens of millions of dollars in cryptocurrency. As technologists and creators, the DWeb community finds itself at the heart of the NFT boom. Digital artists are making the work, blockchains such as Ethereum are certifying them, and IPFS/Filecoin is becoming a preferred place to store the media. But at what cost?
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Wednesday, May 5

Furuhata Yuriko | Plastics on Spaceship Earth // 7:30pm - 8:45pm EDT // Free
This talk analyzes Japanese “Metabolist” architects’ use of plastics as building materials in relation to current debates on anthropogenic climate change. I take their architectural design of prefabricated “capsules” as a point of departure to analyze how their vision of recyclable capsules echoes the mid-century ecosystem analogy of “Spaceship Earth” that gained traction among economists, and scientists in Japan and North America in the late 1960s. Once imagined as the gigantic space capsule covered with its atmospheric shell, the Earth also emerged as an object of technological intervention, namely geoengineering. This imagination of the planetary capsule has recently returned with vigor amidst contemporary debates on the Anthropocene. 
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Striking the Dis_cord: Recoding Feminisms across Digital Art // 1pm - 2:30pm EDT // Free
Recoding feminisms across digital art practice. This panel discussion, hosted on Zoom, will disrupt and reimagine the agency of feminist and female-identified perspectives within the context of an expanded approach to networked and digital art practices. How do contemporary feminist digital art practitioners interface with dominant skewed histories of cyberfeminism, and what are the new spaces emerging for the encoding of new creative languages of feminisms that engage with the complexities and discords across computational and networked feminist positions?
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Victoria McNulty Exiles Zine Workshop // 2pm - 4pm EDT // Free
Our cities are changing at an unprecedented rate. Modernity sees our housing stock being pushed to the limit, while leisure and public space is being transformed beyond traditional understandings. Technology and pollution present complex ethical conundrums, often at odds with the lives of ordinary people. In short, our cities are vibrant, complex but fundamentally flawed. Writing is a sharp tool in resisting urban development that does not serve a city’s citizens. It is how we air our grievances and imagine a better environment. This five-week series of workshops will explore common techniques of urban writing, touching on key themes pertinent to anyone living in modern cities.
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The Town That Could Be: Food and Abundance // 2pm - 4pm EDT // Free
Join us on 5th May for the next workshop of this series, in which we will imagine the food culture in Reading 2045. What kind of food will we grow and eat? How will we grow it? How will we ensure that everyone has enough to have a nutritious, delicious diet? And how will we avoid waste and ensure that the bounty of the land is preserved for future generations? Imagine all of these things and more with us.
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In the Air // 4:30am - 6am EDT // Free
This art-geography conversation will explore various conditions for sensing and representing atmospheric conditions. Serendipitous observations will revolve around a series of curated artifacts (small objects and images) sent via slow mail by Ph.D. student Lucy Sabin to her supervisor Andrew Barry. In responding to the artifacts, selected for their narrative and imaginative affordances, the speakers will contribute to alternative epistemologies of ‘air quality from both personal and speculative vantage points considering the material, chemical, affective and aesthetic dimensions among others.
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materials.cologne-Die Konferenz für Design und Innovation / Master Classes // 5/5, 2am EDT - 5/6, 2pm EDT // 140 € – 770 €
materials.cologne offers detailed insights into design, materials, and innovation. This year’s thematic focus is material and sustainability. The conference offers a platform for the interactive and creative exchange of designers, architects, interior designers, and other future-oriented professions. Follow the materials.cologne-Die Konferenz für Design und Innovation, with renowned speakers in the program.
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Reimagining Institutional Work as Community Building with The Black School // 1pm - 2:30pm EDT // Free
The theme of this year’s History of Art Series is Radical Legacies in Contemporary Creative Work. A series of four conversations curated by Shani Peters and Joseph Cuillier III of The Black School, focus on movement work from the perspective of Black artists and organizers from major cities throughout the country. These artist-led conversations, spanning from the institution to the individual, trace the topography of arts-based initiatives catalyzed by political unrest, guided by the span of organizing across time and place. Working between grassroots publishing, public art and community activation, the archival implications of photography, and the materiality of healing work, these artists and practitioners will discuss their activist trajectories, to demonstrate how their individual practices intersect with adjacent movements within the US.
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Digital Art for Singularity: Coding the Essence of Humanity // 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT // £0 – £5
Artist in residence, Ashley Zelinskie will present her project Exploration. A collaboration with NASA. How can humans hope to transmit our cultural heritage into the future when humanity’s entire existence is a mere blink of an eye on a cosmic time scale? What does this sense of scale—of the vastness of time and space—means for art? Utilizing a post-New Media approach, wherein the media employed are merely vehicles in service of underlying concepts, I am attempting the process of translating our vast history into a universal language meant to stand the test of time. By fabricating traditional objects in dual forms—as the classical entity and the data that represent them—my work seeks to focus a lens on our place as a small part of a larger whole. By drawing my inspiration from historical ideas and icons I am coding the essence of humanity into works of art—art for the singularity.
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Games for Change Series // 10:30am - 11:30am EDT // Free
VRE presents Games for Change Series a cycle of panel for exploring the Gaming as a multidisciplinary approach in Cultural, Artistic, Educational and Experiential field. XR Arts: Arts in the future, a panel with Boaz Lavie - Author, game designer and entrepreneur and Nicola Trezzi - Director of CCA – Centre of Contemporary Art di Tel Aviv e curator | Moderator: Valentino Catricalà: Curator SODA Gallery Manchester / Lecturer Manchester Metropolitan University / Dir. sez. arte Maker Faire – The European Edition / Art Consultant Paris Sony CS Lab.
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Liminal Landscapes, Dr Sarah Stevens // 9am - 10am EDT // Free
We live suspended between the digital and the physical, in a liminal space. The pioneers of digital landscapes we navigate realms unfettered by physical constraints, where stories can construct and reconstruct themselves at will, where time is not just static but can be reversed, where truth can be rewritten and history revised. Orientation increasingly turns to an expanding mirror world, the echo of Borges fiction, a 1:1 remaking of the world, where huge ships hide within the folds of fake signals, infrastructure is analysed through its digital twin and non-existent islands rise into being leading very real exhibitions to search for them. It can begin to paint a picture of an increasing retreat from reality into our imaginaries, with all the dystopian and problematic environmental consequences this could bring. Yet it also holds within it the potential to enhance and deepen our embodiment within the physical realm. 
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Gamecity Impulse: Why Video Games Can Save the World // 12pm - 2pm EDT // Free
These days, no-one can deny the importance of video games. Every second person in Germany plays games, but developers should examine the social responsibility this entails. How do the games we make influence society? Why is diversity important? Is the title of this talk just clickbait or can games really save the world? And is there actual proof for such grandiose claims? (Spoiler: There is.) Rebekka Niederländer from the initiative “Keinen Pixel den Faschisten” will answer those questions and more in her talk with the intriguing title “Why video games can save the world”. The talk is the first session in our new online event series Gamecity Impulse.
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Thursday, May 6


Critical Disability: Precarities and Imaginaries, A Conversation // 8pm - 9:30pm EDT // Free
A conversation between cutting edge thinkers and activists in disability studies: Dr. Jina Kim (Anatomy of the City: Race, Disability, and U.S. Fictions of Dependency), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice), Dr. Jasbir Puar (The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability) and Dr. Sami Schalk (Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction). They will be in conversation about disability, activism, capitalism, arts, and the academy.
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Cacophonic Clinic: Fire // 1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT // Free
What protocols and procedures define the scope of colonial listening? What forms of politics might dismantle its sonic constraints? Led by Jota Mombaça, Nottingham Contemporary’s writer in residency, this performative study session focuses on cacophony and multi-vocality as strategies of dissident convergence. Using the body as a repository of knowledge and listening in its transformative potential, the session reckons with the agency of fire as a non-linear and opaque extension of 'destructive care' (Mombaça, 2018). Exploring cacophony and polyvocality, the session incorporates a series of collective readings to unfold speculative fictions and histories of encounters with the element: the turning into ashes of archives, of bodies, of forests, of buildings, of that and those that cannot be controlled, as well as, burning as communal practice and ritual of rebirth.
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Re-search: Returns and accumulations in creative and theoretical processes // 8am - 10am EDT // Free
How does the cumulative and iterative practice of “research” question and perhaps unsettle accepted epistemological paradigms, inviting the researcher to consider the interconnected mechanisms that make up theoretical and creative activity? This training event explores the ways in which the process of research engages with the practice of moving between different materials that often overlap, intersect and accumulate. It encourages postgraduate researchers in the Arts and in the Humanities to consider the implications of attending to the “gaps” in between materials and perspectives, and of “re-searching” and “re-writing” knowledge and experiences across different mediatic, historical, cultural, artistic, and philosophical frameworks and paradigms.
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Embodiment 2: Panel Discussion on Eve 2050 // 12pm - 1pm EDT // Free
Join us for a panel discussion with artists and scientists who provided reflexions leading to the creation of Eve 2050, to revisit their conversations on the body, art, genetics, neurology, artificial intelligence, and the world in 2050, through the context of a global pandemic.
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TED Circle: How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism // 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT // Free
We will be screening a TED Talk - How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. How do you stand up to authoritarianism? And what does it mean to be "fearless"? In this powerful talk, housewife-turned-politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya describes her unlikely bid to defeat Belarus's long-time autocratic leader in the nation's 2020 presidential election. Painting a vivid picture of how small acts of defiance flourished into massive, peaceful demonstrations, she shares a beautiful meditation on the link between fearlessness and freedom, reminding us that we all have what it takes to stand up to injustice -- we just need to do it together.
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Friday, May 7


Grand Questions: Glimpse the future of regenerative medicine // 10am - 11am EDT // Free
Last year, Medicine by Design challenged its researchers to think boldly about how they would solve regenerative medicine’s grand questions such as how to create tissues that outperform nature to resist novel infections or cancer or how to make regenerative medicine affordable and accessible to everyone. This discussion with the investigators leading Medicine by Design's Grand Questions projects will focus on why ambitious, provocative and non-obvious solutions are the future of regenerative medicine. 
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Trains, Texts and Tits: Sex work, Technology and Movement // 12pm - 2pm EDT // $0 - $100
If necessity is the mother of invention, that mama was clearly a hustler. Whether trains, texts or tits on film, sex workers have been some of the greatest innovators on the possibilities of harnessing technology and making news spaces desirable. While it seems like Congress has ramped up criminalization of sex workers who use technology over the last few years, sex workers crafting new spaces and then being legislated out of them is a story as long as American history. In this four part course, Hacking//Hustling is bringing you the history of sex work and tech in the US from the 1800s to today. We’ll explore how sex workers made the west liveable, the web accessible, and the criminalization and online censorship that followed with readings, videos and experts from the sex worker community.
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Saturday, May 8


Crypto Art Workshop for Beginners with Dr. Mollie Serena // 1pm - 2pm EDT // $15
Heralded as the future of art, Non-Fungible Tokens (or NFT’s) have sparked curiosity among artists and collectors as a potential way to sell and acquire artworks in the digital marketplace. However, as this topic contains a multitude of intricacies, it can be difficult to navigate. Hence, this workshop has been developed to detail the basics of crypto art. Given that there are some sensitive materials involved in the process such as banking, Dr. Mollie Serena has created a comprehensive PDF that outlines the full process of navigating the space. This PDF will be distributed before the class. The workshop will use Rarible as the primary example of the minting of digital collectable artworks, detailing its verification process. The workshop will also look at other platforms such as Foundation and Super rare which are more exclusive.
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Design to Divest X Quinlin Messenger | “Just” Design // 1:30pm - 3pm EDT // Free
Honoring the struggle and triumphs of his family’s diverse racial legacy, Messenger will share examples of how design has played a key role in shaping the systemic inequities that face the BIPOC community. Further, with a mission to inspire new opportunities for awareness, healing, and empowerment, this presentation will focus on 3 key stewardship as justice methodologies Messenger implores in his practice to spark equitable change through, Architecture, Sustainability, and Community Engagement: Reimagine existing buildings, Heal people, healing place, Co-create with the community.
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Traversing the Binaries: Unstable States and Dual Truths // 10am - 11:30am EDT // Free
As part of Goldsmiths Digital Arts Computing Third ____ online exhibition, Yasmin Morgan will host a panel discussion on Saturday 8th May to discuss with and how Paula Strunden, Julia Greenway and Ibiye Camp traverse the binaries of knowable⟷unimaginable; structure⟷agency; everyday life⟷unending history, in their artistic practices. We will also look at how different artists in the exhibition confront this in their work and sometimes hold two states at once, forming an other Third ____.
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Sunday, May 9

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Monday, May 10


Cli-Fi for beginners: Imagination for climate solutions // 2pm - 3pm EDT // Free
In 2020, as dystopia spills into real life, it seems the world can’t get enough of blockbuster dystopian fiction, either from Hollywood or bestselling novels. But we are #OverDystopia. Since lockdown started, a warm and friendly bunch from around the world have been meeting twice a month in quiet, creative rebellion. We are being bold, imagining a future we want, that thrives within planetary boundaries. Each month we take a climate solution from Project Drawdown; we explore, discuss and inspect it and then we write hopeful stories, projecting ourselves into the future as though that solution were already so. 
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Sustainable Matter // 1pm - 2pm EDT // Free
Open | Matter is a series of inspirational public engagement events for creatives and the general public interested in the design-led practice. Each event will offer creatively driven responses to themes of Sustainability, Identity, and Co-creation via performative online seminars. In our first session ‘Sustainable Matter’ we welcome Staging Change artists Josie Dale-Jones and Alice Boyd who have worked alongside David Shearing to create an audio manifesto that questions our sense of hyper-locality and how we might better attune to our surroundings and environment.  We invite you to move about the parameters of your local and reimagine your sense of place and surroundings. We ask how might creative thinking inspire alternative ways to tackle our climate crisis? Join us for a deeper conversation with invited respondent Dr. Rachel Hann.
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Archaeology of Sacrifice // 8am - 9am EDT // Free
This lecture will explore the political ecology of mining across the globe. The excavation, extraction, and exploitation of minerals – justified by the promise of immediate accelerated economic growth – means that spaces inhabited by communities become ravaged by desertification, contamination and expropriation, and sites of political and environmental dispute. I will hone in on ways in which local and transnational acts of resistance are making use of technologies (such as drones) in order to monitor the impacts of extractive industries and develop micropolitical strategies. These interventions position geological and technological forms, as well as human and non-human relationships, in the same landscape. I will focus on collaborative working methodologies as an important, indeed essential, strategy in the investigation and representation of sites impacted by extractive violence.
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Beyond Games // 5/10, 4am - 5/14, 1pm EDT // £48 – £300
A brand-new conference focused on the future of games, transmedia, digital entertainment and the creative industries. The future of media, games and technology has never been more exciting. As the lines blur between online experiences, social networking, games, and traditional entertainment formats, we’re aiming to help connect the dots and plot a vision of the future with a new five-day conference discussing the emerging opportunities in the digital entertainment sector. How will Hollywood utilise game-making tools and techniques? Why is Netflix hiring games executives? What is Sony Music working on with Unreal? Are TikTok and YouTube stars the future of media? When will VR and AR take over? Are we about to enter the metaverse?
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WEEK 2 - Tuesday, May 11th - Monday May 17th

 

Tuesday, May 11


Writing Sci-Fi Like A Scientist with Premee Mohamed // 7:30pm - 9pm EDT // $55
This workshop will cover accessing and organizing research sources, how to “vet” scientific research, how to read a paper, sci-fi idea generation, creating a solid narrative based on a science premise, avoiding the “As you know, Bob” effect in a story, and discussions of the current theme, tone, and trends. Writers will not need to produce work during the workshop, but ideally, there will be participation via reading, brainstorming, and discussion.
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Rural Renaissance: Xu Tiantian // 8am - 9:30am EDT // £4.33 – £7.48
Join us for the third event in the Architecture Anew talk series, a season of talks bringing people together to discuss new ideas about the role of architecture in designing a more sustainable future. Though the world’s population is increasingly shifting to inhabit cities, rural towns and villages still operate as homes and local economies for millions. How can architects support these communities and stimulate or enhance the ways in which they live? What role can architecture play in sustaining or building resilience in rural communities? Over the past six years, the Chinese architect Xu Tiantian’s has completed a series of considered small-scale projects, with her practice DnA_Design and Architecture, across Songyang in rural China that directly addresses these questions.
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Interaction Design for Digital and Hybrid Performance // 9:30pm - 11:30pm EDT // Free
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started a year ago, we have seen so many resilient performing artists, collectives, and organizations adapt and take their work online. But digital shows are a brave new world, and that world has its own language (and I’m not just talking about Python or C++). Join artist-in-residence and interdisciplinary artist, Savanna Harvey, online from her studio at cSPACE for a live show presentation, demo, and Q&A on digital dramaturgy and designing/writing/devising for interaction. Learn how to create and implement exciting audience engagement devices for digital production IRL and in real-time: testing new contraptions, props, bots, and hacks. The event will focus on applied methods for online audiences to interact with a performer and their physical environment. 
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Lecture Keller Easterling "Medium Format" // 12pm - 2pm EDT // Free
Medium Design inverts the typical focus on object over field, to work on the medium—the matrix space between objects, events, and ideological declarations. And it disrupts some habitual approaches to the world’s intractable dilemmas—from climate cataclysm to inequality to concentrations of authoritarian power. From this perspective, solutions are mistakes, ideologies are unreliable markers, and innovation can be a protocol for the way things combine. Rather than the modern desire for the new, designers find more complexity in relationships between emergent and incumbent technologies. Encouraging entanglement, the medium design does not try to eliminate problems but rather puts them together in productive combinations. It offers some additional activist tools for outwitting political superbugs and modulating power and temperament in organizations of all kinds.
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Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures Conference // 5/11, 8am - 5/14, 12:30pm EDT // Free
This conference examines how LGBTQ representation has changed through time, continues to evolve in the present, and what role it might play in the future. It draws on recent developments in queer representation in order to trace how LGBTQ media comments on both the current state of queer rights, as well as the possibility of queer futurity. The conference seeks to represent a multiplicity of queer experiences, spanning divergent historical and geographical areas of representation, as well as the plurality of ideas of what it means to identify as queer today, and what this identification might look like in the future. With our inclusive focus on transmedia representations of queerness, we aim to examine narratives of sex, identity, politics, family, and gender across a broad range of contexts, mediums, and artforms. 
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Wednesday, May 12


If We Ruled the World II // Wednesdays, 5/12 - 6/9 // €187.64 – €272.87
How can we imagine and visualize new societies and future scenarios using speculative design and 3D world-building techniques? ‘If We Ruled the World’ is a strategy exercise in which participants rethink global systems using tools from speculative design and worldbuilding. The live session refers to Buckminster Fuller’s World Game, proposed in 1961, for the era of the global crisis and economic emergency. Fuller proposed the World Game as an information system that makes the resources around the world visible so they might be acted on. By adapting ideas from the World Game, we hope to design strategies to address issues related to the ongoing public health situation, labour crisis, and power shifts. Furthermore, we aim to picture future scenarios in 3D to add a visual layer to the discussion. (6 Week Class)
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Creative AI: Augmented Intelligence // 6pm - 8pm EDT // $10
Artificial intelligence will transform all aspects of our society and economy. Currently, much of the energy is directed toward corporate and government priorities. However, artists and creators are gradually coming to integrate machine learning and advanced algorithms into their practice. Turkey-based new media artist Refik Anadol and Berlin-based designer and artist Caroline Sinders are well-known examples, but globally, many artists are recognizing the power of AI to augment their work and to serve as a new source of ideas, directions, and reflections. This participatory workshop will share trends and examples of art integrating experimental approaches to AI and point to tools and techniques that amateur and professional creators can consider when looking for inspiration or new directions.
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Thursday, May 13


Alternative Futures for Fashion // 6am - 6:45am EDT // Free
In transitional times societies are characterized by complexity and contradiction, where old systems are crumbling while new ones have not yet emerged. In a global context driven by chaos, fast pace changes, sustainability challenges, and erratic societal behaviors, rethinking fashion is crucial. To explore the futures of fashion we invite you to experiment with speculative design and foresight methods in a participatory hands-on session. You will dive deep into alternative futures of fashion in the year 2050. You will be invited to stretch your imagination and experience a collective intelligence knowledge creation to imagine different futures, to allow a plurality of visions, and to appreciate the novelty.
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Auraldiversities: Future Listening (Session 5) // 6:15am - 1:30pm EDT // Free
What is to become of vibration? What is its future receptacle? These two sessions extend tentacles into possible aural futures, via specially designed convivial, collaborative and multisensory activities. A year-long programme addressing the ‘auraldiverse turn’ in Arts and Humanities research and theory, questioning how and what we hear, what we listen to and why, as situated within our contemporary milieu: that of ecological, existential, social, economic and epidemiological crises. Entwined with sonically sensile organisms, sessions extend well beyond human worlds into speculative acoustic realms of future listening.
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Playful disruptions: loopholes, networks, care // 5/13, 10am - 6/24, 11:30am EDT // Free
How do we forge intimacies as we are pushed further apart? These workshops convene a peering collective in search of playful practices for disruption. Cutting through individual isolation and auto-affection, cultivating co-affecting networked relations, the ruptive effects of play are staged throughout this series. Partial effects are looped, sharing in considerations around care, becoming cacophonous. Dwelling in loopholes, otherwise exploited and evacuated, frames and facilitates communal spaces for fragile convalescence, resting and in and from this, resisting. The network is embodied across earth surfaces; bodies, minds, and screens sharing-in-difference. In total, this workshop series tests and transforms the notion of generatively intimate disruptions, and in this the limits and thresholds of our collective capacities for communing (with) care.
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The Economy of Care with Cassie Thornton // 2pm - 4pm EDT // Free
In this talk, Cassie Thornton will join us in exploring the entanglement between the economy and socio-political public life. We will consider oppressive financial structures and their impact on individual freedoms and wellbeing. How do we organize care under current neoliberal conditions? What is precarity's impact on our collective mental practices? Can precarious conditions lead to uncovering new solidarities and organizational forms? The artist talk will be followed by an informal Q&A session.
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Handmade: a scientist’s search for meaning through making // 2pm - 3:30pm EDT // £0 – £21.14
Science has given us a good understanding of the properties of many different materials. It’s the people who know what it feels like to blow up a balloon of glass or measure the temperature of steel just by looking at it. Join material scientist Anna Ploszajski as she explores the hands-on trial and error that has been built on by generation after generation of experimenters and tinkerers as they understand the materiality of objects far more than any scientist with a textbook. In this talk, Anna discusses the materials we encounter every day and the young women and craftspeople who are at the forefront of materials science.
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On the Border: Where Science Meets Gaming // 7pm - 8:30pm EDT // Free
Developed in partnership with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and the Microsetta Initiative, Borderlands Science is a mini arcade game located within the popular video game Borderlands 3 that contributes to real-world scientific research. By solving simple block puzzles, players earn in-game rewards AND organize data so scientists can map the DNA of bacteria found in the human digestive system. Co-creator and McGill Associate Professor Jérôme Waldispühl shows us how. This innovative approach to citizen science helps train artificial intelligence to do the same thing faster and contributes to a better understanding of the human gut microbial ecosystem in relation to diseases and conditions like diabetes, depression, autism, anxiety, obesity, and more.
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Friday, May 14

Our Digital Future & Facial Recognition: the Tech to Prison Pipeline // 11:30am - 1pm EDT // Frere
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? Join the Cybersecure Policy Exchange and the responsible technology community for two powerful conversations with leading experts about the role of artificial intelligence in our digital future. When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.
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Saturday, May 15

World Building // 3pm - 4:30pm EDT // $50 - $65
Whether you write science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, poetry, or even creative non-fiction, the world in which your characters live is important. Dennis Valdron will show you what you should consider when describing the settings in your fictional or non-fiction world. What are the basics of world-building that you need to consider in order to allow the reader to immerse themselves in your story?
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Intro to 3D Printing - Focus on 3D Printed Clothing Design // 2pm - 3pm EDT // Free
 We are doing another intro to 3D printing session, with a spotlight on using how 3D printed food has been used in movies and fashion. 3D printed clothing has a wide range of utilization. Many are using 3D printing to create unique and physics-defying fashion. There is also quite a lot of public interest in creating customized clothing at home. In this class, we will cover all our usual basics of 3D printing from start to finish, with just a few talking points on a few popular 3D printed outfits, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of making your own clothing at home. Find out more by signing up for this workshop and we look forward to seeing you in the class!
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Keep Calm and Spot the Design Tricks | Workshop // 4:30am - 6am EDT // Free
This workshop explores the world of persuasive design and design tricks, which are design decisions on websites, apps, and in advertisements that provoke us emotionally and persuade us to click, share, and buy. By becoming aware of our physical and emotional responses to stressful stimuli and the persuasive designs of tech which are rooted in basic psychology, this workshop will help you keep calm and spot the design tricks.
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Sunday, May 16

Archival Practices - Speculative Imaginings Workshop with Rea Tajiri // 1pm - 3pm EDT // $25
Co-presented with Wendy's Subway, a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Rea Tajiri is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker who grew up in Chicago, Illinois. After her family relocated to Los Angeles, Tajiri earned her BFA and MFA in Post-Studio Art from the California Institute of the Arts. Poetic, subtly layered and politically engaged, her work advances the exploration of forgotten histories, multi-generational memory, landscape and the Japanese American experience.
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Painting With Bioluminescent Bacteria // 11am - 2pm EDT // $25 - $50
Bioluminescence, or the ability of organisms to emit and produce light, is a phenomenon that is both aesthetically beautiful and scientifically intriguing. In this workshop, we’ll explore bioluminescent bacteria as a material for experimental art and design applications. You’ll design your own Vibrio fischeri bioluminescent bacteria culture and use experimental art techniques to design the growth and shape of your culture. We’ll also dive into some of the science behind why bioluminescence occurs, and speculate on the potential of using sustainable bioluminescent life as a light source.
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Monday, May 17

Biohacking: A Conversation Between Artists and Scientists // 12pm - 1:30pm EDT // Free
Who owns your DNA? The answer to this is not nearly as self-evident as one might expect. As corporations collect and commercialize genomic data, artists and activists have turned to biohacking to assert their own autonomy at the molecular level. Biohacking: A Conversation Between Artists and Scientists brings together Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Sophie Zaaijer to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of DIY bioengineering. With moderator Dorothy Santos, the panel will consider how biohackers can foreground autonomy and biomedical consent even as genomic data is increasingly capitalized as a surveillance tool, among other topics.
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AIDS Cultural Activism and Speculative Health Promotion // 1pm - 2pm EDT // Free
Thinking through Leo Herrera's The Fathers Project (2018-19) and Russell T. Davies's It's A Sin (2021), Chase explores how these media reinvent HIV health promotion messages (both historical and contemporary) by speculating potential futures. He demonstrates how these media reinforce institutional messages about HIV prevention but also engage in a social critique that contests and queers institutional perceptions of the "future" and "end of AIDS".
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Zines and Magazines: Expanding Worlds in Speculative Fiction // 10pm - 11pm EDT // Free
Join prominent Black editors of online zines and magazines as they discuss their journeys into editing and the role editors play in creating space for the voices of BIPOC communities in the speculative fiction field. Featuring: Eboni Dunbar (FIYAH Magazine), Craig Laurance Gidney (Baffling Magazine), Brent Lambert (FIYAH Magazine), Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana/Anathema), and LaShawn Wanak (Giganotosaurus).
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Exploring How Video Games Create Spaces for Transformation // 4pm EDT // Free
Ryan Green and Gabo Arora will discuss the future of the video game medium. For over 40 years, the presiding cultural narrative is that video games are simply a means to escape the grind of life through play. Often they are derided as a mechanism to waste time, or a hobby best left to childhood. Ryan will recount how his own journey as a game designer led him to discover the transformative power of the video game medium through the creation of a videogame to memorialize his dying son. Through choosing to encode the echo of his son’s life in videogame form, Ryan and his collaborators discovered that videogames can convey players into sacred spaces; spaces where players can mourn, find catharsis, examine deeply held convictions, and emerge transformed through their willingness to share in the suffering of others.
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Upcoming Speculative Futures Meetups 


The Future of Intimacy // Speculative Futures The Hague x Rotterdam // 5/10, 6am - 5/16, 6am EDT // Free
We are excited to present our next event: ‘The Future of Intimacy’. This event is a special one, as the chapters of The Hague and Rotterdam are teaming up! Intimacy is a personal matter that concerns us all. Intimacy is much more than ‘being intimate’ with someone; intimacy can stem from the privacy of being with your own thoughts, from sharing a special memory with a friend, or taking care of a sick family member. The way we are intimate with one another is changing. Of course, the covid-pandemic has been a major game-changer in that regard. How to create intimacy without proximity? With mandatory mask-wearing and physical distancing of at least six feet becoming the norm around the nation, we are confined to our own personal bubble. Technology is another game-changer for our intimate encounters. Social media, for example, has changed how we interact with our loved ones, mediating our intimate relations through digital messages or video calls by facilitating direct contact even while being physically distanced. The abundance of dating apps has changed the romantic landscape into an exercise of swiping left or right. The growing developments in digital sex toys change how we understand sexual relationships. How will these global and technological developments continue to influence our intimate interactions? In what forms do we experience intimacy, and how will this look like in the future? We invite you to join us on Gathertown to explore the Future of Intimacy.
For this next event, we will present a new format: the asynchronous workshop. The online fatigue is real, but the need for inspiration and exploration as well. To accommodate this, we have developed this new format, in which you are welcome to participate at any time that best suits you. With thought-provoking exercises, you are invited to explore the future of intimacy, and you can do so at your own pace. In the environment of GatherTown, you are able to explore various rooms containing reflections on the future of intimacy. Get curious, inspired and leave your thoughts to co-create an exhibition on the future of intimacy. We will share the link on 10 May so please, keep an eye on our channels!
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The Futures of Money //  Speculative Futures Montréal x Ottawa // Wednesday, May 12th, 6pm - 10pm EDT // Free
🇨🇦 For this new Canadian edition of Speculative Futures, a series of speakers from different backgrounds will join us to share their unique views on the role money should play, or not, in our society and communities. 🔭 In the first part of the event, Cyprien - one of the Montreal chapter co-organizers - will introduce the topic with a short presentation on the role of money in society. Why do we need money to function as a society? What problems has money been solving? What might the future of money look like based on current trends? 🔮 Then, we will invite our guests to join him to discuss and speculate on the future for money. Together, they will discuss how different aspects of their experiences could be integrated to build an 'ideal' vision for the future. We will use the following provocation as a starting point: Can we build resilient societies without money? 💱 During this exchange, guests will start by sharing their unique perspectives based on their own experiences. Then, they will discuss possible, potential, and plausible scenarios for the future of money. You can expect a deep dive into topics such as implications on the structure of society, alternatives to facilitate a social contract, and second-order effects for lifestyles in a world without money. 💬 Throughout this casual and open conversation, participants will be invited to ask questions and join the discussion if they are interested to comment or share their perspectives.
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Speculative Book Club: "How to Future" // Speculative Futures Seattle // Thursday, May 13th, 9:30pm - 10:30pm EDT // Free
For our first book club, we'll read "How to Future: Leading and Sense-making in an Age of Hyperchange" by Scott Smith & Madeline Ashby. We'll cover two chapters every other Thursday at 6:30 pm and combine discussion with practical application. If you attend all 4 sessions, you'll be entered to win a special prize! (Week 2)
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Futures Reading Club #001: What Futures Studies Is, And Is Not // Speculative Futures Atlanta // Thursday, May 13th, 6pm - 7pm EDT // Free
Interested in Futures Studies and Foresight but not sure where to start? Or just looking for an excuse to reconnect with the Futures community in Atlanta? Join us for the first in a series of casual Reading Club conversations, where we'll be discussing Jim Dator's brief "What Futures Studies Is, And Is Not" Even if you don't end up reading the paper in advance, feel free to join us anyway!
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Speculative News & Resources 📰

News, resources, and musings about emerging technology, speculative practice, and futures design and related topics.

“Build Back Better” – Used futures as the cornerstone for the new normal? // JFS Digital
The extraordinary social and economic impacts of COVID-19 have profoundly disrupted the operations of social purpose organizations and shifted the needs and perspectives of the communities they serve. At the same time, the importance of maximizing the impacts of activities that create meaningful and long-term social transformation that is relevant to present and future generations has never been greater. This presents a complex and critical problem at the level of both business and beneficiaries. Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) is a method for deepening the process of addressing complex social problems and formulating alternative futures. 
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These Materials Could Make Science Fiction a Reality // New York Times Currents
Metamaterials, which could improve smartphones and change how we use other technology, allow scientists to control light waves in new ways. Imagine operating a computer by moving your hands in the air as Tony Stark does in “Iron Man.” Or using a smartphone to magnify an object as does the device that Harrison Ford’s character uses in “Blade Runner.” Or a next-generation video meeting where augmented reality glasses make it possible to view 3-D avatars. Or a generation of autonomous vehicles capable of driving safely in city traffic. These advances and a host of others on the horizon could happen because of metamaterials, making it possible to control beams of light with the same ease that computer chips control electricity...
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Scientists brew cannabis using hacked beer yeast // Nature
The yeast that people have used for millennia to brew alcoholic drinks has now been engineered to produce cannabinoids — chemicals with medicinal and sometimes mind-altering properties found in cannabis. The hope is that this fermentation process will enable manufacturers to produce THC, CBD and rare cannabinoids that are found in trace amounts in nature more cheaply, efficiently and reliably than conventional plant-based cultivation.
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NFTs are much bigger than an art fad. Here’s how they could change the world // FastCompany
History tells us to be careful about dismissing NFTs as a passing fad, since the importance of technological innovations often becomes clearer once the hype dies down. Sotheby’s has become the latest establishment name in art to dive into NFTs (non-fungible tokens) through its collaboration with anonymous digital artist Pak and NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway. The auction house sold The Fungible Collection, a “novel collection of digital art redefining our understanding of value,” for more than $17 million...
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Barney The Swiss Robot Bartender Ready To Shake Up Cocktails // Yahoo
Barney is a bit different from your usual Swiss bartender. He is fully automated, mixes dozens of cocktails, and even makes terrible jokes. Developer F & P Robotics says it is seeing rising interest in "The Barney Bar" and hopes it will be a hit among hotels, bars, and shopping centers looking to reduce human contact during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Barney can mix 16 different spirits and eight different sodas for customers who place their orders via their mobile phones, as well as offering beer and prosecco...
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This ceramic ink can 3D-print bones directly into a patient’s body. Here’s how // World Economic Forum
A new 3D printing process that can be used inside the human body is offering hope to trauma and cancer patients who need bone replacements, reducing pain and speeding up recovery time. The treatment of bone cancers can lead to sections of bone being removed and accident victims may require extensive bone repairs. Up to now, 3D bone printing has involved producing material outside the patient’s body...
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A New CRISPR Tool Flips Genes On and Off Like a Light Switch // SingularityHub
CRISPR is revolutionary. It’s also a total brute. The classic version of the gene-editing wunderkind literally slices a gene to bits just to turn it off. It’s effective, yes. But it’s like putting an electrical wire through a paper shredder to turn off a misbehaving light bulb. Once the wires are cut, there’s no going back. Why not add a light switch instead?
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How Long Can We Live? // The New York Times
In 1990, not long after Jean-Marie Robine and Michel Allard began conducting a nationwide study of French centenarians, one of their software programs spat out an error message. An individual in the study was marked as 115 years old, a number outside the program’s range of acceptable age values. They called their collaborators in Arles, where the subject lived, and asked them to double-check the information they had provided, recalls Allard, who was then the director of the IPSEN Foundation, a nonprofit research organization. Perhaps they made a mistake when transcribing her birth date? Maybe this Jeanne Calment was actually born in 1885, not 1875? No, the collaborators said. We’ve seen her birth certificate. The data is correct...
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3 Reasons Climate Prompts Some to Not Have Kids // Futurity
Overconsumption, overpopulation, and uncertainty about the future are top concerns of people who say climate change is affecting their decision whether or not to have children, a survey finds. Many survey respondents worried about bringing children into a world with an uncertain future. However, many also suggested children provide hope for a better and brighter tomorrow...
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This Flying Electric Ferry Could Revolutionize Coastal Travel // Digital Trends
Imagine living in a coastal community and heading to the harbor for an ultra-low-altitude flight aboard an electric aircraft to a neighboring town just along the water. Boston-based startup Regent is already working toward such a reality with its 10-passenger “seaglider” that it says could be carrying paying passengers as early as 2025...
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Vandals are Stuffing Meat Into Electric Charging Stations // Futurism

As electric vehicles become more popular, a growing number of detractors have come out of the woodwork to express their anti-electric car views. While most just simply turn to social media to voice their opinions, there are a few out there who have taken a more hands-on approach. Or at least that was the case for some vandals in Germany who stuffed ground meat into some connectors at an electric charging station, according to Teslarati...
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now // The New York Times
Sitting on a stool several feet from a long-armed robot, Dr. Danyal Fer wrapped his fingers around two metal handles near his chest. As he moved the handles — up and down, left and right — the robot mimicked each small motion with its own two arms. Then, when he pinched his thumb and forefinger together, one of the robot’s tiny claws did much the same. This is how surgeons like Dr. Fer have long used robots when operating on patients. They can remove a prostate from a patient while sitting at a computer console across the room...
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Wearable biofuel cells could generate electricity from sweat // Knowridge Science Report
It cannot be denied that, over the past few decades, the miniaturization of electronic devices has taken huge strides. Today, after pocket-size smartphones that could put old desktop computers to shame and a plethora of options for wireless connectivity, there is a particular type of device whose development has been steadily advancing: wearable biosensors. These tiny devices are generally meant to be worn directly on the skin in order to measure specific biosignals and, by sending measurements wirelessly to smartphones or computers, keep track of the user’s health...
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Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Working Poverty Epidemic // IFTF Medium
During the 1930s, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and other photographers traveled around America to document the lives of people living in poverty. The photographers were recruited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Farm Security Administration to bring into the public eye the haunting reality of rural poverty and thus gain support for government assistance to agricultural areas hard hit by the Depression. Lange’s 1936 portrait of Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old Dust Bowl migrant, surrounded by several of her seven starving children, became an iconic image of the era that hasn’t lost its power to tell a story of destitution without words...
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Skates, sewing machines, and sex toys: See the everyday objects that got us through COVID-19 // Fastcompany
The pandemic has changed our relationship to stuff. More than a year into the COVID-19 crisis, my blazers, work pants, and heeled boots—typically worn down after a couple of seasons—remained untouched in my closet as relics of my last day in the office, right next to my whiteboard calendar that still reads “March 2020.” A winter’s worth of sweatpants later, the things I use every day have been very much replaced...
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Stone Soup Scenarios: How to Pull in Multiple Perspectives When Forecasting the Future // IFTF Future Now Blog
What happens when 20 futurists team up to investigate the future of family?” Institute for the Future Director of Game Research and Development Jane McGonigal tweeted this upon the release of  “Families in Flux,” IFTF and Family Story’s report exploring scenarios about the next generation of families in the U.S. Indeed, right on the first inside page, you’ll find a long list of acknowledgments, including the names of the 20 aforementioned futurists, and many more important contributors...
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Exoskeleton Could One Day Boost Walking Speed of Older Adults // Futurity
Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system—which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe and is externally powered by motors and controlled by an algorithm—increased the self-selected walking speed of people in an experimental setting...
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Tattoo made of gold nanoparticles revolutionizes medical diagnostics // Phys Org
The idea of implantable sensors that continuously transmit information on vital values and concentrations of substances or drugs in the body has fascinated physicians and scientists for a long time. Such sensors enable the constant monitoring of disease progression and therapeutic success. However, until now, implantable sensors have not been suitable to remain in the body permanently and require replacement after a few days or weeks...
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This tech was science fiction 20 years ago. Now it’s reality // Digital Trends
Twenty years really isn’t all that long. A couple of decades ago, kids were reading Harry Potter books, Pixar movies were all the rage, and Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation were battling it out for video game supremacy. That doesn’t sound all that different from 2021. But technology has come a long way in that time. Not only is today’s tech far more powerful than it was 20 years ago, but a lot of the gadgets we thought of as science fiction have become part of our lives. Heck, in some cases, this technology has become so ubiquitous that we don’t even think about it as being cutting-edge tech...
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In Stunning Reversal, NASA Halts $2.9 Billion Contract with SpaceX // Futurism
NASA has told SpaceX to cease all work on their multi-billion dollar lunar lander contract after two other private aerospace companies protested the deal.  Blue Origin and Dynetics both protested the agency’s decision to award a $2.9 billion contract to build the Artemis program’s lunar landing system solely to SpaceX, according to The Verge.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which manages federal contract disputes, is now tasked with deciding whether or not their protests warrant a reversal of the contract...
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Fun Stuff 🚀

Cool projects, articles, games, books, and other nerdy speculative things that I've discovered recently.

Open Calls/Submissions/Opportunities & Cool Projects

Open Calls, Submissions & Other Opportunities

Leonardo Criptech Incubator Call for Participants // No Deadline, Info Session 5/3
CripTech Incubator is an art-and-technology fellowship centered on disability innovation. Encompassing residencies, workshops, presentations, publications,s, and education, this innovation incubator creates a platform for disabled artists to engage and remake creative technologies through the lens of accessibility. Employing a broad understanding of technologies, including prosthetic tools, neural networks, software, and the built environment, CripTech Incubator reimagines enshrined notions of how a body-mind can move, look, communicate.
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Innovate for the Future: 3D Printing Design Competition // Deadline 5/9
As part of our mission to make 3D printing more accessible to the public, we believe 3D printing is not a standalone technology, but a tool to empower people's creativity, whether you've already been using the tool or not. Design a 3D printed tool that helps solve a problem you perceived, whether it's an everyday problem around you, or a challenge existing in our society.
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MIT Reality Hack XR Hackathon // 6/17 - 6/21 // Rolling Applications
I've participated in this one in the past, and it was a blast!!!

Reality Hack is an annual community-run XR hackathon comprising thought leaders, brand mentors and creators, participants, students, and technology lovers, who come together and attend tech workshops, talks, discussions, fireside chats, collaborations, hacking, and more.Participants of various backgrounds and all skill levels attend from all over the world. It is typically held at MIT co-hosted by a team of community volunteers (alumni, friends, and others) with the Reality Hack Organization 501-c3 and a student org VR/AR@MIT. We all share a common goal: to educate, empower and enable people to be part of the XR industry. This year, things will be different as we host a smaller, hybrid virtual and in-person event.
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Buckminster Fuller Institute Trimtab Space Camp // 4 Week Online Course // 5/3 - 5/28

Buckminster Fuller, the Leonardo DaVinci of the 20th century, was way ahead of his time - he could see the future, anticipated humanity's needs, and thus designed hundreds of artifacts for a world that works for 100% of life, all through looking to nature for design inspiration. His methodology was called Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science. We call it Design Science for short. You can think of it as a mash-up between design thinking, biomimicry, futurism, and regenerative development. It’s time we revisit this lens, bring it to the 21st century, and co-develop a Design Science Toolkit. Join us for a four-week learning journey to dive into Fuller’s Design Science and see how we can apply it to today’s global transition. We’ll learn from leaders in Biomimicry, Design Thinking, Living Systems, and Rapid Prototyping. 
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Museum Futures Conference Call for Projects // Deadline 6/12
As museums navigate uncertain times, some seek to look back in the hope that the new normal will recover the lost publics, most of whom can only be reached online intermittently and in between lockdowns and restricted access procedures. Others have slowly but surely embarked on systemic change. At this point in time, we might ask whether museums can morph into genuinely democratic, inclusive, and polyphonic spaces for critical conversations about pasts and futures. We could also question whether museums can ever be fully integrated within communities, acting as co-catalysts for radical changes in ways of seeing and living. Indeed, will a human-centered museum, in harmonious existence with the natural environment, ever see the light of day? 
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Cool Projects

Resurrection Lands // Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
Having lost all our history, we needed a way to bring it back. So we resurrected our Black Trans ancestors using the most advanced technology we had.  Those that were resurrected now live out their second life in a digital environment built to sustain them. However, when this environment begins to be appropriated for trans tourism, a group of Black Trans people decides to form a team to prevent the exploitation of the archive. Resurrection Lands is a new online game by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley about the effects of Trans Tourism and how to protect those who are most at risk of being erased by history. Here speculative fiction is used to re-imagine those from the past that we have lost. The act of crafting Pro Black and Trans environments can help us visualize futures that seek to appreciate Black-Trans existence. A world that is healthy for Black Trans people to live in. Challenging the idea of what an archive can be and how they are accessed, Resurrections Lands offers an alternative look into what it means to archive someone that history once erased.
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The Nexialist // Rodrigo Turra
Cool new newsletter I found in one of my many cool slack communities, featuring 'serendipitious brain-sparking content'. Issue 17 features Sci-Fi Playlist | Self-Outsourcing Age | Beyond Human-Centered Design | Cozy Futurism | techDetector | Should This Exist? | Filters & Fembots | Art ft. Tech | LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS and more...
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Gaming, Shows, Books & Other Random Cool Stuff

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First Prescription Video Game Receives FDA Approval--A Post-COVID Treatment for Persons with ADHD // Tech Times
You won't believe that health experts have been exploring the capabilities of a video game to contribute to the patients' well-being during post-COVID-19 treatment. Recovering from the disease might seem to be a long way especially since other people are found to have difficulty in doing their usual tasks...
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What I'm Reading

Here is a quick snapshot of my favorite books, podcasts, and articles this week.

Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson

The Peripheral
William Gibson

Uh, Epic Games Bought ArtStation
Luke Plunkett

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