Brave Conversations

Brave Conversations began in 2017 and since then has been held around the world with our first online event as part of WebSci20 via Southampton on 6th July, 2020.

We began with the goal of bringing the conversations of Web Science to the public space and since then have worked with communities to explore how technologies are changing their lives, and how they, in turn, are changing those technologies.

In 2022 Brave Conversations will go back to an in-person mode. As a core part of this we will deliberately create a space where everyone can be brave, can say the things that they know need to be said, and be prepared to apply intellectual rigour to challenging ideas that might take us to uncomfortable places.

Brave Conversations Future Worlds Challenge 2021

MIT Research with Conversational AI

The BC Future Worlds Challenge takes this to the next level becoming part of a global intergenerational research study on the topic of generational Artificial Intelligence (AI) specifically focusing on how young people interact with and perceive conversational agents such as Alexa and Siri.

But this is not just any research study. It is a game in which we challenge participants – aged from 12 to 92!, children, parents and grandparents, working in teams to design a Future World. They will do this by learning how to programme Amazon Alexa in App Inventor and through Alexa-powered conversations design and navigate potential future scenarios to craft a world that they think is most likely and that they would like to live in.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” ― Alan Kay

Alan Kay arguably invented the GUI which we use every day to interact with our computers, be they laptops, smart phones or watches. Kay worked at the famous Xerox PARC before moving to

BC Future Worlds Challenge winners will be invited to participate in Brave Conversations Barcelona which at the 2022 ACM Web Science Conference.

Supported by

Intersticia
Web Science Trust