Surfaces - a short story for a thesis on border security


17 Responses to “Surfaces - a short story for a thesis on border security”

  1. Guest says:

    Wonderful Thing! Thanks!

  2. hassenpfeffer says:

    The dilemma of how to reconcile the needs of security with the desire for humanity is the defining question of the twenty-first century.

    Um, I’d say that bigger questions are how we continue to exist in the face of rampant climate change and death-cage capitalism.

    • Guest says:

      And you not seeing that THAT is exactly the same question she asked, is exactly the problem. 

    • I thought about this during Thanksgiving dinner, and what occurred to me is that climate change is a security issue, too. Or rather, it creates security issues due to resource scarcity. And we need to reconcile those needs with the desire for humanity, too.

  3. HahTse says:

    I like it.

  4. Otherdave says:

    The terrifying implication of this story is that invisible and ubiquitous surveillance is somehow less invasive than overt demonstrations backed by the threat of force. 

    The border isn’t a service design problem, it’s a bloatware problem. 

  5. docellis124 says:

    Greetings Madeline-


    Thank you for writing this

    Doc Ellis

    • NBaker says:

      Thank you for writing this! My goodness, now it is clear I have been holding back for far too long believing I couldn’t write. You have shown that anyone can write and they don’t require talent to do so! There is hope for all of us!

  6. cnawan says:

    mmm thx for brain-noms

    “For some reason, a vision Aloysius’ unique brand of feline disappointment…”

    Do you have any info links for aspiring foresight/design/speculative fiction writers?

    • Ooh, nice catch. Thank you.

      As for links, what I would suggest is looking at the work of Rafael Popper, Scott Smith, Peter Schrwarz, and going to to read some reports. The reports will give you the best sense of what these documents end up looking like. And for a stupendously cool example, there’s always the “Future of Science 2021″ in the navbar to your right, from the Institute for the Future. :)

  7. Noah Raford says:

    Great story, but more to the point, further evidence that the OCAD foresight program is kicking some serious butt. Bringing together SF writers like you, Watts, Nickle and Schroeder in an applied futures context is starting to produce some magic.  Quite a special place, from the looks of it. Keep it up!

    • Noah Raford says:

      PS – Also enjoying the recent “futures” & scenarios twist BB has mildly taken, as of late.  Something must be rubbing off somewhere…

    • Thank you! The program does kick serious butt. I’ve seen some of the other thesis proposals heard about the research, and it’s all really compelling stuff. Media, accessibility, sustainability, it’s great work. I know some of the other students are working on publishing their stuff, so hopefully you’ll get to see some of it soon.

      And technically, we all knew each other from our workshop, the Cecil Street Irregulars, before that. And Peter and Dave were never students of the program — though I did once sneak Peter into an early class first term. This doesn’t mean we don’t have conversations about the future, it’s just that we typically have them outside a classroom.

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