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technological narratives tl;dr

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cyberpunk

popculture

About me

Image CC-BY-SA Mitch Altman 2015

for an average person

technology is transparent

who

builds

owns

profits

for whom

technology is complex


its context is even more complex

250 000

smartphone

patents

15 000 000

lines of code

in Android

Nexus 5 Phone CC-BY 2.5 Google Android

Iron Man CC0

Batman CC-BY-SA Andrew Guyton

Superheroes: the modern mythology

Superheroes: the modern mythology

technology
an artifact is
a weapon

Superheroes: the modern mythology

Bestman Salvage from Spiderman: Homecoming
by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios

Superheroes: the modern mythology

Text

Black Panther Movie by Marvel Studios

Superheroes: the modern mythology

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

technology as
 

 

or means to fight it

oppression

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red

cyberpunk was a

which got normalized

warning

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

cyberpunk

futuristic

replaced

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

Launch Idea - Source Unknown

Design by Freepik

Cyberpunk: nightmares of chrome

Copyrighted Sarif Industries ad from Deus Ex: Human Revolution by Square Enix

Reality: technological tunnel vision

PostCyberpunk: will we survive to see it?

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Solarpunk is a genre of Speculative Fiction that focuses on craftsmanship, community, and technology powered by renewable energy, wrapped up in a coating of Art Nouveau blended with African and Asian aesthetics.

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Copyrighted by Commando Jugendstil / Ecología Política, Cuadernos de debate internacional

technology as
empowerment

 

not a weapon

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

Copyrighted by Global Innovation Gathering

Solarpunk: a promise, not a warning

if hackers don't present
their own narrative

they will be written into someone else's

eternal rebels

building communities

Thank you!

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What is Solarpunk?

Solarpunk, cyberpunk and popculture: Technological narratives tl;dr

By Pawel Ngei

Solarpunk, cyberpunk and popculture: Technological narratives tl;dr

The western culture offers a very distilled narrative on what technology is and who builds, owns and profits from it. Most non-technical audiences are unaware of how subjective this perspective is - and how strongly it favours well-marketed multinational corporations over local solutions. How can telling different stories help us democratize technology, especially in the Global South? https://19.re-publica.com/en/session/solarpunk-cyberpunk-popculture-technological-narratives-tldr

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