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Micro-Futures

Callaghan, Victor (2014) 'Micro-Futures.' In: Augusto, Juan C and Zhang, Tongzhen, (eds.) Workshop Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Environments. Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (18). IOS Press, pp. 256-257. ISBN 978-1-61499-410-7

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Abstract

One of humankinds oldest quests has been to find the ‘elixir of life’, a mythical potion that, would grant the drinker immortality (and preferably, eternal youth!). One of the most famous tales of a search for this fabled tonic was that of the first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang (246 BC. to 210 BC), who, in the latter part of his life, is said to have become preoccupied with finding this illusive concoction. This article is presented at a workshop that is taking place in the heartland of what was Qin Shi Huang's empire (China), and touches on a modern day search for an elixir of life, this time a high-tech approach based on computers and artificial intelligence technology, that goes by the name of ‘The Technological Singularity’. However, as fascinating as a search for an elixir of life may be, the real motivation of this paper is to introduce micro-fiction as a methodology for capturing and communicating visions for scientific, business and societal innovations. To those end, The Technological Singularity is described and used as a means to illustrate the workings of micro SciFi-Prototyping (micro-SFPs).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence (AITAmI'14)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Singularity, intelligent environments science-fiction prototyping, futurology, micro-fiction, elixir of life
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 15:08
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 15:08
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14950

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