Design fiction, the Internet of Women's things, and futurism

Jasmina Tesanovic (previously) and Bruce Sterling did a residency at The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD, working with the students on design fiction and futurism.

The residency culminated in a joint lecture (Sterling is always best when tempered by Tesanovic, who rules him with a no-nonsense, Balkan fist!), about their "Internet of Women's Things"-based house of the future, Casa Jasmina in Turin, Italy. Tesanovic runs down the design philosophy and implementation details of the house, and then Sterling runs down the state of the union in design fiction, including the ways that it has influenced his writing, and where it sits in the wider world. It's an excellent way to spend an hour this weekend.

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  1. The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

    It's a wonderful world that a place like that exists.

  2. pfh says:

    This is a really important idea, but we need a different word to "women's things". This is not a form of thinking men should be excluded from, and it's not a form of thinking that should be automatically expected of women. I see it as a hangover of the PC days as much as DOS, it was excluded from the computer world at the same time as women were because computers were boy's toys. And now when we see someone like Mark Zuckerberg wielding this Dolores Umbridge soft power with his algorithm we don't really have a concept for what he is doing, or that someone else could do it in a less creepy way.

    Yes there is currently correlation, and probably more so in Italy. Bruce and Jasmina are obviously making this very traditional arrangement work for themselves, the arrangement is very obvious in Bruce's fiction as always, and I don't want to attack that, just have it as one of several options.

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