What can science fiction tell us about the future of journalism? How might we think about physical news?

As part of two winter research projects we’ll be taking inspiration from sci-fi novels and physical computing to gather inspiration for imagining journalism of the future. Over six weeks, well be looking at how writers have imagined how news and information might be communicated in the future and investigating the possibilities for physical news experiences. The aim is to create some provocation material for a design workshop later in the year.

Science fiction and interaction design are occasional bedfellows: science fiction speculates on possible futures; interaction design researchers imagine new technological possibilities. Similarly, tangible computing offers new and exciting ways to interact with news and information. The possibilities of physical, situated and wearable interfaces could have unexpected implications for telling stories. We’ll be looking at emerging technologies and considering the implications for communication.

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