β€œBlack mirror” and the power of speculative design

Debuting in 2011, the British sci-fi series Black Mirror immediately touched a nerve with a large audience. It cleverly explores a wide variety of topics such as privacy, robotics, augmented reality, social media, smart homes, and more broadly, their role within humanity and society. Speculative design is way of imagining and anticipating the future while simultaneously providing a lens through which to see ourselves more clearly. Black Mirror presents countless β€œWhat-if?” scenarios that challenge us to consider the benefits and pitfalls that each new technology provide us.

At SXSW19, my partner Casey Hudetz and I reflected on how designers can learn from Black Mirror’s cautionary tales, speculative design and worldview to create a future in which we all want to live.


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