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Tech Concept Lab, Ericsson Consumer Lab, Hyper Island Design Fiction Sprint
May 24, 2024
A 24 hour Design Fiction Sprint to Imagine Possible AI Futures Artifacts...
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Episode 088 - School of the Possible with Dave Gray
May 08, 2024
..There's no question in my mind that you could create a whole community just around collecting rocks that look like shoes. If you start putting your passion onto the Internet, you're going to attract other people who have similar interests. It's a wonderful machine for that. Or it's a ecology...
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Here Be Angels
Apr 23, 2024
A short essay on the ontologies of Art and Money, Creativity and Rationality, and Imagination and Structure written for the Design & Critical Thinking community and also published at https://www.designcriticalthinking.com/the-state-of-design-2024-all-contributions/....
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Design Meets Design Fiction: Exploring the Intersection of Science Fiction & Design
Apr 13, 2024
Design Meets is a Toronto-based and online event about people getting together and sharing their ideas. This presentation by Julian Bleecker will present Design Fiction, a design-led approach to augmenting analytic research by grounding the implications of research into tangible, relatable artifacts....
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Creative Vitality Summit 2024
Apr 03, 2024
Discussing the futures of creative arts practices, innovation, policy, and the creative economy...
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Design Fiction at Causal Islands LA
Causal Island LA
Mar 25, 2024
An unconference right in Korea Town Los Angeles...
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Digests of General Seminar S05/E01
Mar 21, 2024
Looking for work in an AI Future? Pass the classifieds section.....
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Mar 21, 2024
north of patient podcast...
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(Street) Signs of Change - A Design Fiction Workshop at SxSW 2024
Mar 12, 2024
Imagining possible futures through street signs! The street sign is a fantastic Design Fiction archetype. It's an artifact that is quite legible and recognizable as an indicator of social norms, rules, policy and thereby a small signal of a culture....
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What's for Breakfast in an AI Future?
Mar 07, 2024
General Seminar S05 E01...
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Poem_OS
Mar 02, 2024
Reflections on a Poem Operating System and the relationship between art and technology, I consider the Poem vibe through a short study in the Studio I did last week with OpenAI, Python, Warwalking, Psychogeography, and a Past Project...
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Chapman University Bensussen Lecture in the Arts
Feb 29, 2024
A visit on February 28th 2024 to deliver the annual Bensussen LEcture in the Arts Series at Chapman University...
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W7 2024
Feb 25, 2024
Week Notes! Just a few picks of bleeding-edge content posted to the NFL Discord during Week 7 of 2024...
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NFL Podcast Episode 084: Thrilling Wonder Stories
Feb 17, 2024
NFL Podcast Episode 084 - 'Thrilling Wonder Stories' - a tape recording found from the year 2011, when the Internet was weird, friendly, and a wandering/wondering place....
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A Design Fiction in the archetype of a print ad for a company that provides 100% human coding
The Thing Got a Human to Build a Thing
Feb 15, 2024
"What I learned was that programming is not really about knowledge or skill but simply about patience, or maybe obsession. Programmers are people who can endure an endless parade of tedious obstacles." -James Somers...
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W6 2024
Feb 14, 2024
It was Week 6 of 2024 here Last Week at Near Future Laboratory Global HQ and this week is all about Collaboration, Coordination, and Amplification....
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Spark Podcast
How to set our imagination free to build the technological futures we want
Feb 12, 2024
This podcast episode, hosted by Nora Young, explores the vast potential of human imagination in shaping technological futures It features insights from Ruha Benjamin, Julian Bleecker, and Jennifer Gossetti Ferenczi on harnessing creativity to address societal challenges, the role of imagination in innovation, and practical ways to cultivate imaginative thinking....
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Global brand IKEA uses Design Fiction to help with its strategic decision making and product design.
Embracing Design Fiction: A Strategic Guide for Business Leaders
Feb 11, 2024
In today's kinetic business environment, marked by rapid technological advancements and shifting consumer preferences, staying ahead of the curve is a formidable challenge for any executive. The landscape is characterized by volatility, with new opportunities and threats emerging at an unprecedented pace. Adaptability is crucial, yet there's a strategic approach...
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Near Future Laboratory Podcast Episode 083 with Ruth Guerra
Feb 07, 2024
We talked with emerging practitioner, futures designer, and design researcher Ruth Guerra...
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Relax. The Bunker Is Safe.
W5 2024
Feb 04, 2024
It was Week 5 of 2024 and we were still talking about a Magazine from a Possible AI Future, wondering what the Imagination does, Radha Mistry has a podcast, as does Theo Priestley and so does Nora Young and Julian was on all of them which means that Julian is...
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What is Design Fiction?
Feb 01, 2024
Design Fiction is a method that combines elements of science fiction and design to create tangible prototypes that envision possible futures, helping to illustrate the consequences of today's decisions. Originated by Bruce Sterling and Julian Bleeker, this approach uses fictional artifacts to challenge and expand our understanding of future technological...
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W4 2024
Jan 28, 2024
Week 4 of 2024 and we're talking about Chris' podcast with Kevin Kelly, A Magazine from A Possible AI Future, and And Generally Unhelpful Imaginaries of AI Futures...
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W3 of 2024
Jan 24, 2024
Proposals for AI Futures and Tourism Futures, plus Workshopping Metaverse Futures, Slow Messagers, and Inlining CSS...
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The Assignment by Taryn O'Neill
Jan 20, 2024
'The Assignment' is a production of Sciren directed by Taryn O'Neill and produced in association with the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. This film is a trailer for The Climate Action Almanac. To read the book, visit https://www.climatealmanac.org....
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Winning Formula — a newspaper we created from the future of sports
This Is Design Fiction. But This Is Not.
Jan 16, 2024
Design Fiction is not 'storyboards'. Nor is it science-fiction. Science-fiction is science-fiction. It's also not scenarios, because scenarios are scenarios, just like a table cloth is a table cloth, not a plate or coffee mug. This fact as to what Design Fiction is is stated quite clearly in all of...
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Weeknotes: Week 2 of 2024
Jan 13, 2024
Project Dryden — an Annual Report from an Energy Future and Project Outersense — a Magazine from a Possible AI Future. Plus, integrating AI, the Near Future Laboratory Discord, and an SSG Digester....
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It's a drawing of a cat.
The Critical Function of Design Fiction
Jan 13, 2024
Design Fiction has the vital function of grounding speculation in the form of things we can relate to, that are familiar perhaps even mundane....
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In Clear Focus Podcast Part Two S13E11
Jan 02, 2024
The second part of a two part podcast where design fiction meets innovation. I discuss the process of transforming strategic concepts into tangible experiences, working with major brands to envision future scenarios. My conversation with Adrian Tennant covers the impact of design fiction on strategic planning and the creation of...
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In Clear Focus Podcast Part One S13E10
Dec 27, 2023
A podcast episode where I discuss the concept of Design Fiction and how it can aid brands in strategic planning. Design Fiction offers a unique approach to envisioning the future, emphasizing the creation of tangible, thought-provoking scenarios over traditional analytical methods....
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The Future Mundane
Nov 23, 2023
Imagination Lancaster explores The Future Mundane, a design philosophy focusing on the practical, everyday aspects of future technologies rather than speculative, heroic, or overly idealized visions....
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Monday Meeting Podcast
Jul 31, 2023
This is Monday Meeting Podcast, an episode titled 'A Journey Into Design Fiction' where I introduce the concept of Design Fiction to an adjacent creative community of motion graphics professionals. We talk and Q&A about how visual creativity is used to in the practice of futures design and Design Fiction,...
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A Deep Dive Into A Design Fiction Archetype
Apr 16, 2023
What do I mean when I say 'Design Fiction Archetype'?...
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The Design Innovator's Design Dilemma
Apr 13, 2023
It's time to imagine harder....
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What Is Design Fiction
Sep 28, 2022
What is Design Fiction?...
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An Email With Three Design Fiction Questionss
Jul 06, 2022
Design Fiction Archetypes are the containers into which a Design Fiction is embedded. Want to know more?...
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Where is Design Fiction?
Jul 04, 2022
I describe the essence of design fiction through an exploration of material culture as a lens for envisioning future possibilities. This short essay delves into how everyday objects, from breakfast cereal to speculative artifacts, serve as powerful tools for understanding potential future scenarios without resorting to grandiose predictions. Learn how...
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5 simple complicated things to be considered
Mar 30, 2022
5 simple complicated things to be considered...
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Brain Burpies
Dec 07, 2021
Human imagination has a unique role in envisioning change and different futures. Imagination is what takes us from status quo to unexpected beauty and visionary opportunities....
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Blue Boat
Jul 12, 2021
The tale of 'Blue Boat,' a simple skiff that was a container of of adventures and memories, helped me think about the notion of value that has nothing to do with numbers....
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A Strange Thing Happened
May 14, 2021
a strange thing happened...
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Design Fiction As The Epistemological Monkey Wrench
Apr 08, 2021
We can use Design Fiction to monkey around with what we know and understand about the world, and why....
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Cornell Box Futures
Feb 19, 2021
The unique role of Design Fiction in creatively envisioning realistic, context-rich futures, moving beyond idealized representations to incorporate everyday, mundane elements that make future scenarios more relatable and engaging. We call that the 'future normal', 'normal, ordinary, everyday', 'future mundane', 'everyday familiar'. They are important concepts to help ground the...
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When Caleb Gets A Call
Jan 29, 2021
when caleb gets a call...
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Commission File No 1923172
Jan 21, 2021
A Design Fiction in which algorithms are regulated, akin to how the government oversees other aspects of public safety, to mitigate their negative impacts while harnessing their potential for positive change....
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Unintended Use Cases The Unknown Knowns In Design
Dec 24, 2020
The unknown knowns in design...
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What's Breakfast Cereal Got To Do With The Future?
Dec 09, 2020
This is an essay describing the concept of diegetic prototypes and design fiction through the lens of the Stephen Spielberg film based on the P.K. Dick story 'Minority Report.' I discuss how seemingly mundane objects in science fiction, like a cereal box, can offer insights into future technologies, cultures, legal...
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Why Do Future Visions All Look Like Future Visions
Dec 09, 2020
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