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Fictions: Health and Care Re-imagined Webinar

June 21, 2021

With the year-long Fictions project drawing to a close, Future Care Capital are hosting a webinar event on Wednesday 30th June, 16:00-17:00 to explore what inspired the authors, and ethical issues raised by the use of tech in health and social care. Registration is free and can be found here.

The event will briefly refresh some of the key themes of the stories, including the use of algorithms to assess need; alternative and virtual realities in care; and the risks and possibilities of ‘cheating the system’ where artificial intelligence is employed.

Here is the press release:

Storytelling has been used throughout history to engage people’s imagination, to facilitate a sense of culture and community, to pass down tales about the past, and explore the possibilities of the future.

Fiction engages the brain in a different way to reading facts, can facilitate a better understanding of other people, and can help us see the world from different perspectives. It can be a way of opening conversations about difficult issues, taboos and stigma in a non-threatening way.

Over the course of one year starting in the summer of 2020, Future Care Capital has been running a series of highly successful fictional stories exploring the potential futures of health and social care through science fiction. This innovative approach was taken to inspire debate and new thinking among practitioners and policy makers, and as a way of making ideas and realities of near-future technology more accessible to a wider audience. 

This event presents an opportunity to reflect on the power of stories, and on the real world issues and concerns addressed in our Fictions series.

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