Future Domestic Robots: Design Fiction and the Home of the Future

Posted By on September 20, 2016

On September 9, 2016, Bruce Sterling -Sci-Fi writer and futurist – and Jasmina Tešanović -writer, activist and film director – were at UC San Diego to talk about ‘Future Domestic Robots: Design Fiction and the Home of the Future’.

The presenters discuss two recent projects of speculative design. Jasmina Tešanović will discuss Casa Jasmina, a mix of lab, gallery space, and B&B in Turin, Italy, that aims to integrate traditional Italian skills in furniture and interior design with emergent skills in Italian open-source electronics as applied to “the internet of Things in the Home.” Bruce Sterling will discuss the upcoming installation for the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, which he and Jasmina have been in residence at the Clarke Center to incubate.

Speaker bios:

  • Futurist, journalist, science-fiction author and design critic, Bruce Sterling is best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. Sterling’s writings have been very influential in the cyberpunk movement in literature, specifically the novels Heavy Weather(1994), Islands in the Net (1988), Schismatrix (1985), and The Artificial Kid (1980). In 2005, he became “visionary in residence” at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His list of accolades include the Campbell Award in 1989 for his novel Islands in the Net; the Hugo Award in 1997 and 1999 for his novelettesBicycle Repairman and Taklamakan, respectively; the Hayakawa Award in 1999 also for Taklamakan; and the Clarke Award in 2000 for his novel Distraction. Sterling also founded the Viridian Design Movement, an environmental aesthetic movement founded on the ideas of global citizenship, environmental design, and techno-progressiveness. Bruce Sterling’s numerous book-length essays both question and promote how the future is shaping our concepts of self, time, and space.
  • Feminist and political activist (Women in Black; CodePink) Jasmina Tešanović is a writer, journalist, translator and a film director. In 1978 she promoted the first feminist conference in Eastern Europe, “Drug-ca Zena” (Belgrade). With Slavica Stojanovic, she founded the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans, “Feminist 94.″ She is the author of Diary of a Political Idiot, translated in 12 languages: a war diary written during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo. Since then she has been publishing her work on blogs and other media, always connected to the Internet.


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.


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