Symbiotic Robotics ( robots as a species)

Utrechtse Boekenbar Westerkade 2, Utrecht, Netherlands

No longer purely figures in science fiction, robots make up a progressively larger part of society due to developments in artificial intelligence. As we guide ourselves through our evolving relationships with robots assisting us in a diverse range of disciplines, such as well-being, health, and sex, we form our own ideas about what human-machine interaction we find comforting, exciting and/or helpful. Our relationship with robots grows closer and

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Cli-Fi Narratives -Telling you NOW

Utrechtse Boekenbar Westerkade 2, Utrecht, Netherlands

Often going beyond the standard discourse, climate fiction depicts alternative scenario’s to climate change. For example, in Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, a team of scientists explore the expanding ‘Area X’ to document its mutated flora and fauna, causing us to wonder how species will adapt to climate change. Not only confronting us with how climate change affects ecosystems, individuals and societies, cli-fi illuminates actions to tackle the overwhelming

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Time-Tales: Traveling in and through time (online event)

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We are all time travellers. In each moment, we visit the next point in  time. Triggered by scents, sounds and sensations, we travel to the past while we relive a memory. Science fiction includes many time traveling tales. For example, iconic novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut illustrates how our perception of time affects our experience of life. Furthermore, stories like Arrival (2016) show that our perception of time

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Anticipated Futures – On Post-Apocalyptic Living

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What do you think the end of the world would look like? Stories about the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic living have been popular across time and space, such as zombie novel World War Z by Max Brooks and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which involves a flu pandemic. We use it to escape reality, as a way to cope with our worries about the future. At the

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