Predictive Fiction


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.)

  Date and Time




  • One Depot Street
  • Warner, New Hampshire
  • United States 03278
  • Building: New Hampshire Telephone Museum
  • Room Number: Lower Meeting Room
  • New Hampshire Telephone Museum

  • Starts 01 September 2018 09:28 AM
  • Ends 28 September 2018 09:28 PM
  • All times are America/New_York
  • No Admission Charge
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Jim of IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology


Predictive Fiction


Jim is President Emertius of the IEEE Computer Society, Past VP of the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology and a past IEEE Director.  He has been tracking the evolution of AI for some time, and also the related IEEE Standards activities on Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) (See http// ) --- Jim is also (technically) a professional Science Fiction author, having published at least 3 stories at a rate of more than 3 cents per word. 



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