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SciFi Prototyping

ARTDES 420 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 200
Instructor(s): Brueckner, Sophia
Schedule: MonWed 11:00a-1:15p
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

For decades, sci­ence fic­tion authors have explored both our wildest dreams and great­est fears for where tech­nol­ogy might lead us. Yet, sci­ence fic­tion is fueled by the con­cerns of today just as much as it is about fan­tas­tic imag­in­ings of the future. This course ties sci­ence fic­tion with speculative/​critical design as a means to encour­age the eth­i­cal and thought­ful design of new tech­nolo­gies. With a focus on the cre­ation of func­tional pro­to­types, this course com­bines the analy­sis of clas­sic and mod­ern sci­ence fic­tion texts and films with phys­i­cal fab­ri­ca­tion or code-based inter­pre­ta­tions of the tech­nolo­gies they depict. Top­ics include virtual/​augmented real­ity; net­works; arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence; nan­otech­nol­ogy; human­ism and tran­shu­man­ism; cyborgs and robot­ics; envi­ron­men­tal issues; biol­ogy; utopias and dystopias; sur­veil­lance; music and art; inter­faces; wear­ables; and/​or reli­gion, cul­ture, and soci­ety. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in the fall term of every aca­d­e­mic year, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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