What was once considered science fiction is becoming a reality at an accelerated pace. What can sci-fi teach us about the future of digital politics? Can it inform better policies? If so, how?
With this event, we want bring two very different constituencies together: Sci-fi authors and sci-fi enthusiasts on the one side, and policy makers, diplomats, and international relations professionals dealing with digital politics on the other. What discussions emerge and what lessons can be learned at the intersection of the two? What happens when science fiction and policy meet?
This event will create a safe and fertile place for thought experiments by social scientists, policy makers, and diplomats – inspired by the imagination of sci-fi authors and by the meeting of different professional cultures and mind-sets. It will allow us to take a moment in our busy lives for thinking through technological developments and their impact on the way we work, live, and organise our world.
Sci-fi can be escapist or critical about our potential future, often in reaction to our present reality. It can provide dystopian or utopian visions of what is to come, but also, many alternative universes in between. Which of these universes becomes our reality will depend on our collective human agency, including our digital policy and its governance. Like with the butterfly-effect, the measures that we take, or not take, right now, will steer our common destiny in the direction of one of these potential futures.
What? Exploring topics of critical importance in a highly interactive setting, such as:
Sci-fi meets policy – what can we expect: Keynote address on the lessons sci-fi has to offer
Brainstorming and exchange: Highly-interactive discussions in small groups with sci-fi authors, experts, and enthusiasts which zoom in on one of the key questions of the future of digital politics
Convergence: Plenary discussion on the lessons that have materialised
Where and when:
15 January | 12:30 – 16:00 CET | Geneva, WMO building, 2nd floor
Join the Geneva Internet Platform for this half-day event.