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Fictions authors to lead debate on future care scenarios 

28th May 2021 about a 3 minute read

FICTIONS: HEALTH AND CARE RE-IMAGINED

Wednesday 30th June 2021, 16:00-17:00

“…Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”. Dr. Ian Malcolm from the film Jurassic Park

An online event to pull together some of the ethical issues raised by Future Care Capital’s Fictions series is planned for June 30.

The series has been a year-long ‘thought experiment’ focused on possible scenarios for the near future when it comes to using AI and other technology in health and social care. 

The event will be a discussion of themes covered by the Fictions authors and the policy-making, practical and ethical issues they have raised.

Each of the stories was followed by a ‘Getting Real’ commentary from FCC head of policy and research Peter Bloomfield who drew out the practical implications.

Since the series was launched in the summer of 2020, there have been 11 stories published and there is one more to go. 

The event will be an opportunity to reflect on the power of stories and how they can help us take a fresh look at real world issues and concerns.

What will you discover at the webinar?

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.

The panel will then discuss topics including:

  • The benefits of using fiction to explore the ethical dilemmas presented by the use of AI and technology in health and social care
  • How to challenge accepted thinking
  • How this perspective can lead to a more radical approach
  • How likely are these scenarios given the technology available today?
  • How do we translate this thinking to policy?

Panelists:

  • Dr. Josefine Magnusson, Senior Research Officer, Future Care Capital
  • Keith Brooke, Editor and Contributing Author (Life’s Lottery; Vigorish; CareFree)
  • Anne Charnock, Contributing Author (All I Asked For; Don’t Push the Blame on Me)
  • Liz Williams, Contributing Author (Infectious; When I Visit the Palace)
  • Vincent Chong, Artist, Fictions Series

You can read the Fictions series stories published so far here: