Four futures: Social science fiction and life after capitalism

Peter Frase uses the method of 'social science fiction' to explore the possible futures we face in a context of climate change, robotisation, automation, technology.

In this public lecture, he will discuss the method of 'social science fiction' and how it can be deployed to theorise about the future and current social and technological developments. Discussing the 'four futures' he envisages in a world of either scarcity/abundance and inequality/equality, he map the possibilities of two socialisms (communism and socialism) and two barbarisms (rentism or exterminism) using the tools of social science and speculative fiction to explore our present moment and what may lie ahead.

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