NUX Manchester – 3 July 2017 – Avoiding UX dystopia with ‘design fiction’

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The next NUX Manchester event is taking place on Monday 3rd July in our regular home at the office of, at 35 Fountain Street, just behind Primark in Manchester City Centre.

Join us from 6:30pm for food, drinks and networking. The talk will start at 7:00pm.

Avoiding UX dystopia with "design fiction"

Rosie Campbell

Humans love stories, and it turns out they can help us understand UX. Known as "design fiction", this form of speculative design uses narrative elements to envision future technology and explore how we might use it.

In this talk, I’ll introduce the concept of design fiction, and look at some striking examples from pop culture. I’ll also examine some of the practical ways in which BBC R&D has made use of the technique, and the kind of UX lessons it can help us learn. As someone who is fascinated by the way technology shapes society, I believe tools like design fiction can make the difference between us creating a future we want to live in, or accidentally designing dystopia!

About Rosie

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Rosie is a Technologist at BBC R&D where she explores the future of broadcasting and the media. As part of the UX team, she’s worked on a range of projects prototyping future audience experiences and novel production tools. Her current research explores how we can use Artificial Intelligence to teach machines the aesthetic principles of filmmaking. Rosie’s background is in Computer Science, Physics and Philosophy and she is fascinated by the intersection of these subjects. She considers herself an aspiring rationalist, transhumanist and feminist, and advocates for the wise application of technology to social challenges and effective altruism. In her spare time, Rosie runs the community group: Manchester Futurists, which aims to explore the impact of technological acceleration on our future.

Follow Rosie: @RosieCampbell
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Running order

6:30 – 7:00 Free pizza, beer, soft drinks & refreshments provided by our sponsors
7:00 – 9:00 Rosie’s talk
9:00 onwards Open discussion and networking (with more free beers)



Places are limited. Please only reserve a ticket if you are able to attend.


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