Press Delete: The Futures of Death
Presentation exploring Science Fictions technologies relating to death as Design Fictions at Furures of End of Life Symposium held at Lancaster University Jan 2016
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Delete: The Futures of Death
The Futures of Death
Paul Coulton and Selina Ellis Gray
– William Gibson, Neuromancer
“The sky above the port was the color
of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
Star Trek to StarTAC
Probable Plausible Possible
Gonzatto, R. F., van Amstel, F. M.,
Merkle, L. E., & Hartmann, T. (2013). The
ideology of the future in design ﬁctions.
Digital creativity, 24(1), 36-45.
Added to the many miracles performed by modern
science that have accounted for the saving of
thousands and thousands of human beings, comes its
newest and most modern discovery -- frozen therapy.
Estimates of how long frozen therapy can produce a
state of suspended animation range from days to
years. But on the fact that diseases can be arrested --
that life can be prolonged, by freezing human beings
in ice, the medical world agrees.
In research hospitals today, men and women are alive
and breathing -- their bodies encased in ice.
Alaskan Wood Frogs
In winter while frozen, the
frog stops breathing, its
heart stops beating, its
blood stops ﬂowing, and it
In the spring the frog’s
body thaws and returns to
$200,000.00 Whole Body Cryopreservation.
$ 80,000.00 Neurocryopreservation.
Love Minus Eighty
by Will Macintosh
– Ray Kurzweil
Engineering Director at Google
“A technological singularity is a predicted point in the development of a civilization at which technological
progress accelerates beyond the ability of present-day humans to fully comprehend or predict.”
Be Right Back (Black Mirror)
HUMAI - Human Resurrection Through Artiﬁcial Intelligence
The Girl Who Died (Dr Who)
or Lost Futures
adapted from James Auger