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Movies and shows as design fictions

Science Fiction: Movies and Shows as Design Fictions explores fictional devices, interactions, and interfaces in science fiction movies and shows, as a form of video ethnography and data sources of cultural artifacts. The session takes an interdisciplinary perspective, across domains of computer science research, education and application. To do so, Phil Jordan introduces examples from science fiction movies and shows related to fields of computer science, human-computer interaction, and human-robot interaction. The session will also extend into larger domains, such as the relationship between science fiction, culture and bias, or the usage of fictional materials in STEM education. The presentation proposes the argument to use sci-fi movies and shows as design fictions themselves in computer science research, education and application.

Focus of Science Fiction Movies and Shows – A Diversity of Futures

Phil Jordan includes a selection of images and video clips of contemporary sci-fi movies and shows, such as intelligent devices, novel user interfaces and interactions and other, pervasive and ubiquitous systems, among those technologies for mass surveillance, targeted advertising, smart infrastructures or adaptive materials. Next, the presentation considers science fiction movies and shows as design fictions, an emerging method and nascent field in human-computer interaction studies. Per the overarching, larger ethical and moral implications in science fiction plots, the talk will as well introduce domains, where science fiction movies and shows can inspire, showcase, question, or even give notice of possible concerns of present-time, or future, human-machine integration. In conclusion, Phil gives an outline of the limitations of the presented argument from a researcher’s and practitioner’s perspective.

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Presenter: Philipp Jordan


Philipp Jordan

Science Fiction: Movies and Shows as Design Fictions
Philipp Jordan
PhD Candidate, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Philipp Jordan: Science Fiction – Movies and Shows as Design Fictions

Phil Jordan is a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Communication and Information Sciences PhD program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. During his studies, he specialized in communication theories, social informatics as well as human-computer interaction. In addition to his doctoral studies, Phil was recently awarded an M.Sc. in Computer Sciences from his home institution. He holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the renowned University of Stuttgart, with foci in Industrial Design Engineering and Technology Management. Phil’s dissertation on science fiction and computer science was awarded one of six 2018 Garfield Dissertation Fellowships. His research has also been featured by the MIT Technology Review. He is currently finishing his dissertation on the relationship and role of science fiction in computer science research, education and application.

Contact: philippj@hawaii.edu

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philipp_Jordan2

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