Sci-fi author Al Robertson joins the FuseBox as Writer-in-Residence

The FuseBox is Wired Sussex’s innovation hub. Based on the Brighton Fuse principle that connecting creative and tech approaches generates value, we have developed a practical toolbox that we use to help innovators realise their ideas.

We are continually looking at how we can improve our understanding of the creative process so that we can add to that toolbox, making it more useful and more effective. Recently we have been looking at how people like writers and futurologists create fictional future worlds and how that might aid the innovation process. We think their methods might lead us to developing techniques that we can use to make the most of the potential of amazing new technologies like the Internet of Things, 5G and immersive realities.

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To support us with this activity, we are very pleased to welcome to the FuseBox our  first ever writer-in-residence Al Robertson. Al has two great science fiction novels to his name – Crashing Heaven and Waking Hell. During his residency, he will be contributing to a series of events we call Imagined Futures, he will be engaging with technology businesses resident in the FuseBox and he will be reflecting on all of this in a series of blogs. You can read Al’s first blog on the residency here.

The first Imagined Futures event with Al is called “Do Designers Dream..?” and looks to use Philip K Dick’s ideas on empathy in his novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” to explore design empathy and technological futures.

Do Designers Dream..?” is taking place on 25th May. If you are interested in sci-fi, design and tech and might like to attend, please drop Rosalie an email and she will share more details.


(Imagined Futures takes place with the kind support of the University of Sussex, the ESRC and KTN / Innovate UK)



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