Science fiction prototyping, or SFP, is a design process that relies on science fiction to imagine, design and communicate about the future. How will the technologies of today and tomorrow impact our lives as individuals, a society and a civilization? SFP forecasts vivid answers to this question that can then inform and potentially guide our actions moving forward, allowing us to imagine how we will live in the future and what we can do today to shape it. In this talk, SPACE certificate coordinator Joel Trudeau (Physics) and SPACE fellow Andrew Katz (English) will present SFP as one example of imaginative worldbuilding and discuss how this kind of fictional prototyping can be used to imagine speculative solutions to a contemporary issue or possible alternative futures. To concretize the method, and if time and format allow, attendees will also be guided through a process of scenario creation as input for their own SFPs.
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Joel Trudeau has taught in the Physics Department at Dawson College since 2004. His background is in Theoretical Cosmology but his interests and activities involve ideas across a range of knowledge domains. In 2007 he founded SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education), an initiative that seeks to expand academic discussion and collaboration across and within disciplines at Dawson College and beyond. He is also the project lead of the Dawson AI Artificial Intelligence initiative, part of a team building the infrastructure and curriculum needed to implement a comprehensive plan for AI education. His work lies in the domain where sciences, arts and technology overlap. Over the years he has been involved with Physics and Science Education research with a special focus on design-based, active and experiential learning. With colleagues at Dawson, he is involved in the enterprise of creating next gen curriculum that develops the critical technical and transversal skills needed for solving the pressing, emerging and potential future problems we all share.
Andrew Katz grew up in Montreal. After graduating from McGill medical school he went on to complete his Masters in English and Creative Writing at Concordia, and since 2006 he has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dawson College, where in 2013 he won the Director General’s Award for Teaching excellence. He has been involved as a SPACE coordinator and fellow since 2008, and he uses his background in both the sciences and the arts to help students across the disciplines explore connections within and beyond their primary fields of study. He is also a published picture book author; his first picture book, How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read (2018), published simultaneously in French as Comment attraper un ours qui aime lire, was nominated for the 2020 Prix Peuplier, an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading award. His second picture book, I Just Want To Be Super! (Je suis Super Nino!) was published in both English and French in 2020 and won an Independent Press Distinguished Favorites Award. His next picture book, A Starlit Trip to the Library (Voyage de nuit à la bibli) will be published in Fall 2022.