Reconsidering AI through Speculative Writing Techniques
In this workshop we will envision alternative possible realities through a hands-on speculative fiction writing activity. We have been using this technique for a year with a long-standing group that explores current and future technology through speculative writing.
This highly structured yet improvisational activity uses a customized set of cards that are reshuffled to create different and unexpected writing prompts. The approach frees the mind to think differently, both about the realities of current technologies and about writing itself.
In this workshop we will introduce the concept of speculative fiction and the writing activity, and then try the activity for ourselves, focusing particularly on themes relevant to this year's Mozfest, including Truthworthy and not trustworthy AI, misinformation, and power.
Also, we will get silly. You will leave with an understanding of how to use these writing prompts, whether individually or with others.