What role does the creative, the imaginary, play in technological and scientific development? Can imagination help us navigate disruption?
As we struggle to reconcile the new realities of our hyper-connected world, the futures invoked by Orwell and Huxley loom large. But literary imaginings go way beyond utopias and dystopias to foreshadow breakthrough inventions and their potential impacts on humanity. Mary Shelley animated Frankenstein's monster with bioelectrical currents that foreshadowed the defibrillator, and Jules Verne imagined a world powered by hydrogen almost 150 years before we reached the threshold of making this most commonplace element into a vital fuel-source.
More recently, Orson Scott Card forecast the future of humanity would be dependent on global communication systems, hand-held computer tablets and intellectual avatars to influence political debates.
How does innovation spring from an idea? Can creative thinking help us shape and negotiate this ever-evolving world?
Inspired by the current edition of Griffith Review, The New Disruptors, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel joins Secretary of the NSW Department of Education Mark Scott (On Us, MUP), Alice Gorman (Dr Space Junk vs The Universe, NewSouth), and Julianne Schultz, Publisher of Griffith Review and Professor of Media and Culture at Griffith University, to discuss the nexus between imagination and scientific and technological invention, the point of reckoning we must reach about disruption, and how we can prefigure the best possible future for all. Hosted by Paul Barclay of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program.
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Thursday 13 June 2019, 6:30pm
Ian Hanger Recital HallQueensland ConservatoriumGriffith University140 Grey StreetSouth Bank, Brisbane
75 minutes + 15 min Q&A