The Tomorrow Project Seattle

Conversations About the FutureThe Tomorrow Project – Seattle looked for short fiction, comics and short screenplays based upon current scientific research and technology development. Research was conducted by the University of Washington and Intel in the fields of synthetic biology, computer security, robotics, DNA sequencing and bio/chemical sensing, minute architecture, ray tracing/virtual reality and computer vision. This research, presented as video interviews, served as the basis to inspire authors of science fiction. Highlighting the seven research topics, the Tomorrow Project Seattle asked people to think about what the future will look like when these technologies affect our everyday lives.

Although the Tomorrow Project was not a competition, submissions were reviewed by an editorial board managed by the University of Washington, including members from academia and industry. The stories accepted for publication by the editorial board were compiled into an anthology, featuring an original story from Cory Doctorow.

The other five stories presented in this anthology were chosen because they are successful at both exploring a current technology in its future form and provoking questions within the reader that will spark further discussions about the impact of technology on the human experience.

“Mirror Test” – Sonia Orin Lyris

“Mapping People” – Laston Kirkland

“The Lights Are On” – Sergei Lupashin

“Autoerotica” – Mike Brennan

“High Cotton” – Charles Walbridge

This collection of stories is a conversation amongst many people with the hope of producing spontaneous and entertaining comments. Each one is like a request for the future. The future is not a fixed point in time. It is a continuously evolving and changing reality, the result of an on-going dialogue between people and technology. The Tomorrow Project was born from this idea, with the goal of providing a forum for people from across the globe to have conversations about, and thus influence, the future.

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Inspirational Video Topics

ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleComputer Vision

Branislov Kveton, University of Washington

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ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleRay Tracing/ Virtual Reality

Nola Donato, Intel

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ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleSynthetic Biology

Eric Klavins, Intel

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ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleComputer Security

Tadayoshi Khono, University of Washington

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ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleRobotics and Autonomous Vehicles

Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington

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ASU3_For The Benefit of the PeopleDNA Sequencing and Bio-Chemical Sensing Applications

Madoo Varma, Intel

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