ISSN: 20456271
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 1
Cover Date: June 2016
Living backwards: The (artificially) augmented mental image
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Authors:  Birgitte Aga 
DOI: 10.1386/ubiq.5.1.49_1

predictive futures,predictive algorithms,data,the artificially augmented mental image,memories,mental time travel,design fiction

The desire to predict the future is central to human evolution and behaviour. From ancient beliefs in prophetic foresight, spirituality and mystical forces to today’s scientific and algorithmic data-driven forecasting, humans have continued to augment their mental ability to predict what the future may bring. Without an imagined picture of the future our civilization would not exist. Predictive human thought and behaviour is increasingly being influenced by the tide of artificial augmentation through a conflux of sophisticated personal, wearable and interconnected technologies, big (and small) data and powerful computational and analytical algorithms. From these hyper-connected environments, new intimate and symbiotic relationships between the ‘dry world of virtuality and the wet world of biology’ are emerging. Here artificially enhanced and data-driven mental constructions of past, present and imagined futures emerge as artificially amplified cognition. Instead of living forwards through imagined futures conjured from existing memories, this article speculates whether one will be living backwards from data-driven and artificially predicted futures.
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