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Improving Reality 2013 - Justin Pickard

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Published on Oct 30, 2013

Lighthouse's digital culture conference, Improving Reality, returned for a third year this September. Talks included tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.

What does it take to leave a lasting dent in the world? With an eye to the next 10-15 years, Justin's talk will take a closer look at some current and ongoing attempts to "improve reality" on a global scale. Between the billionaire philanthropist and the subsistence farmer with access to a shared smartphone, who gets to decide what counts as 'improvement'? Is technology ever the answer? What kind of technology? Whose voices count? And what, if anything, can we usefully say about what happens next?

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