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Press Delete: The Futures of Death

Presentation exploring Science Fictions technologies relating to death as Design Fictions at Furures of End of Life Symposium held at Lancaster University Jan 2016

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Press Delete: The Futures of Death

  1. 1. PRESS DELETE! The Futures of Death Paul Coulton and Selina Ellis Gray
  2. 2. – William Gibson, Neuromancer “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
  3. 3. Star Trek to StarTAC
  4. 4. Martian
  5. 5. Future Present Future Time Probable Plausible Possible Josepth Voros
  6. 6. Present History, Reality, and Fiction Past Future Gonzatto, R. F., van Amstel, F. M., Merkle, L. E., & Hartmann, T. (2013). The ideology of the future in design fictions. Digital creativity, 24(1), 36-45.
  7. 7. Cryonics Added to the many miracles performed by modern science that have accounted for the saving of thousands and thousands of human beings, comes its newest and most modern discovery -- frozen therapy. Estimates of how long frozen therapy can produce a state of suspended animation range from days to years. But on the fact that diseases can be arrested -- that life can be prolonged, by freezing human beings in ice, the medical world agrees. In research hospitals today, men and women are alive and breathing -- their bodies encased in ice.
  8. 8. Alaskan Wood Frogs In winter while frozen, the frog stops breathing, its heart stops beating, its blood stops flowing, and it cannot move. In the spring the frog’s body thaws and returns to normal life.
  9. 9. $200,000.00 Whole Body Cryopreservation. $ 80,000.00 Neurocryopreservation.
  10. 10. Bridesicles Love Minus Eighty by Will Macintosh
  11. 11. – Ray Kurzweil Engineering Director at Google “A technological singularity is a predicted point in the development of a civilization at which technological progress accelerates beyond the ability of present-day humans to fully comprehend or predict.”
  12. 12. Be Right Back (Black Mirror)
  13. 13. HUMAI - Human Resurrection Through Artificial Intelligence
  14. 14. The Girl Who Died (Dr Who)
  15. 15. Speculative Design Present Future Domestication Technology Emergence Alternate Presents or Lost Futures Speculative Futures Past adapted from James Auger
  16. 16. Bel Geddes Futurama 1939
  17. 17. Auger-Loizeau's Afterlife
  18. 18. Questions?