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Space Future: A Digital Artefact.

Sam Cunningham

My digital artefact’s original concept was to reach an audience and think through ways in which I could add to the conversation of the future of space travel for us as humans. However, this was too broad and passive of a goal. It was through looking into the work of futurists Ziuadiin Zardar and Michio Kaku, in particular, his book ”  The Future of humanity ” that led me to think in a broader academic sense for this digital artefact of the possibilities of the future and how they are communicated now. Ziuadiin Zardar’sexpressions of the need to think about the “unthought”. This is recognising the ignorance of not doing so and moving people’s perspectives and horizons from what is thought to the unthought and the future possibilities which is one of the key studies of the future in particular Space future.

The methods in completing this were moulded…

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Curation of Tweets Round 2

Sam Cunningham

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell moves into the Transhumanist movement which is to navigate the ethical dilemma of creating intelligent artificial life. It explores the themes and efforts of what this could look like and ultimately moves on further than that with how AI is so much more than what humans can ever be in their ability to continue to grow in information and knowledge and become transcendent in being.


Matrix sets our minds on the potential futures or real-world possibilities and also speaks into this week’s current lecture of cybernetics. Cybernetics becomes important when thinking about the future as it makes us think about the different types of systems and information that we have available to us whether it be mechanical or biological as we see both evident in this film.

Robot & Frank

Robot and Frank spoke into the second part of the four-part…

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Peer Comments

Sam Cunningham

Bianca’s Digital artefact is based on the tv series Black Mirror. She is analysing 4 episodes with the intention of thinking about how the series uses made-up technologies to talk about today’s society in a speculative way. Focusing in on the representation of the future so I would be helpful in 10 years time in particular. So far she has analysed 2 of the 4 episodes. Through her clear research, it was evident that she had a clear path and direction however there seemed a deep need for feedback. This is why in my comments I provided necessary links to how to get the feedback that you need not just want. Though using Reddit as Bianca mentioned that she intends on doing it would create relevant feedback and helpful insights as long as the correct sub Reddits are used. On top of this research, it could also be helpful to…

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A Beta Space Future…

Sam Cunningham

It has been an enjoyable process to get back into the mindset and processes of FEFO (fail early, fail often) as I have iterated and processed both content and feedback into my digital artefact.

In this Beta reflection video, I will be unpacking my methodology as well showcasing background research that has helped me hone in on my audience to continue into the next stage of my future space thinking and content creation.

We look into Ziuadiin Zardar a futurist who expresses the need to think about the “u thought” which sets our new found motive of moving my audience from passive to engaged thinkers in the area of unthought space futures and possibilities. 

I look forward to your feedback!

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Curation of tweets

Sam Cunningham

Week 1 – Metropolis

It was Metropolis that started us off in our journey of looking into the future through the lens of the past. More so than that we looked into the future through representation and the tension that is so evidently clear in Metropolis of representations clashing with the stark reality and truth of society and culture.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 4.00.13 pm(I couldn’t believe that someone somewhere had actually worked this out for me but then again I was also thankful that they had! )

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 4.00.17 pmScreen Shot 2020-04-17 at 4.00.46 pm(As mentioned earlier not only did we look into the past 20th century movies we looked into ancient stories of the past. The tower of Babel is very prevalent within the movie and marks very similar tropes throughout.)

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 4.01.08 pm(Mumma didn’t spend all that money on piano lessons for nothing)

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 4.01.01 pmWeek 2 – 2001 A space Odyssey 

As we turned our gaze to the stars we were struck…

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Gimme some space alright

Sam Cunningham

As a kid in primary, I found my dad’s old Saturn Rocket V model rocket that he had as a kid in an old box that he never got around to setting up. I spent days glueing all of the intricate parts together even down to the small legs on the lunar module. It was sick. (that’s a technical term) Once I got older I fell in love with futuristic space films that took my imagination to endless places. Having an element of realism was super important to keep me interested though as I like the realistic possibilities that we have before us. But then I realised I don’t actually know what the future looks like for space travel. Movies have been shaping my understanding since I was young. Some of my favourite movies include Interstellar, The Martian, Ender’s Game, Walle and Passengers to name a few!  However, not…

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