Lecture Theatre 02/026, Peter Froggatt Centre, Main Campus, QUB
27th March: 7.00pm – 9.00pm (doors 6.30pm)
With Professor John Barry.
‘Without vision the people perish.’ Proverbs 29:18
‘Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.’ George Martin, Game of Thrones
‘The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.’ William Gibson
The current cultural moment can be viewed as one of ambivalence about the future. One the one hand we can point to amazing technological and scientific achievements, the improvement of the human condition through human ingenuity. On the other there is a sense of foreboding about the future – ranging from concerns of breakdown leading to civilisation apocalypse, to fears of artificial intelligence creating mass unemployment. We see these fears and hopes about the future in everything from scientific reports, government strategies (and in/action), popular culture (literature and films), and in the quiet conversations between individuals or within our own internal thinking.
This interactive session will integrate the views of different disciplines /perspectives on the future (politics, philosophy, planning, architecture, engineering, the creative arts) and non-expert voices, young people and community groups, on what visions of the future are possible….and what are the possible strategies to create these. If, as many predict, the 21st century will be characterized by dynamic instability and endemic change at different scales and unevenly spread across different sectors and societies, how should we best prepare for and think about the future? And how here in Northern Ireland should be think about possible futures and prepare and plan for them?