Episode 6: Designing the Future

How do you design the future? Today we talk with cyberpunk founder and design theorist Bruce Sterling and feminist/activist writer Jasmina Tešanović about speculative design, design fictions, open source hardware, the maker movement, and the soft robots of our domestic future. Plus we go behind the scenes of the creation of a design fiction by Bruce, Jasmina, Sheldon Brown, and the Clarke Center—a video installation called My Elegant Robot Freedom.

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Bruce Sterling's Pirate Utopia
Jasmina Tešanović's Diary of a Political Idiot
Casa Jasmina
Hello, Robot at the Vitra Design Museum
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination on Facebook and Twitter

My Elegant Robot Freedom – credit:

Video projection; 15 minutes. Bruce Sterling and Sheldon Brown with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Lyndsay Bloom, Wes Hawkins, Erik Hill, Jon Paden, Ash Smith, Jasmina Tesanovic, Byron Pepper, Rosanna Viirre, Aleksander Viirre, and Michael Wright.

Supported in part by the Artists and Machine Intelligence project at Google.



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