Jan 21: Examples from readings

Reading 2. Julian Bleecker. Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction. 2009.

Paul Dourish & Genevieve Bell

– Resistance is Futile: Reading Science Fiction Alongside Ubiquitous Computing.

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Notes on Ubiquitous Computing’s dominant vision.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

– Piers Bizony, 2011:Filming the Future, 2000.

– HAL Project & HAL 9000 screensaver.

Minority Report (2002) & Ubicomp

– John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI (TED talk)

– Tangible Media Group, The Luminous Room, 1998.

Other work

The Near Future Laboratory, Slow Messenger, 2010.

Tom Sachs, Space Program, 2007.

Alejandro Tamayo, Fruit Computer, 2009.

Frederic Jameson, Archeologies of the Future, 2005. | Book review.

Russell Davies, Lyddle End in 2050, 2008.

Sascha Pohflepp, Blind Camera, 2010.

The “listening post” in The Dark Knight.

David Kirby, Lab Coats in Hollywood, diegetic prototypes.

Floris Kaayk, Metalosis Maligna, 2006.

Rebecca Bray, Rob Faludi, Kate Hartman and Kati London, Botanicalls.

Reading 3. James Auger. Alternative Presents and Speculative Futures. 2010


H.G.Wells. The War of the Worlds.

Steven Spielberg. War of the Worlds (2005).


EDSAC, Cambridge 1949

Apple iMac 2007


Auger-Loizeau, Audio tooth implant, 2001.

Auger-Loizeau, Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots, 2008.

Honda, Asimo robot, 2000.

Westinghouse, Electro, 1939.

Case studies

Auger-Loizeau, Happylife, 2010.

James Auger, Jimmy Loizeau, Stefan Agamanolis, Iso-phone, 2003.

Auger-Loizeau, Afterlife, 2001.

Reading 1. Bruce Sterling. Design Fiction

Reference to the examples used to the point “the infrastructure of publishing constrains the thinking of writers.”

Murasaki Shikibu

The Tale of Genji, classic work of Japanese literature written in the early years of the 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world’s first novel.

Sei Shonagon

The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002.


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