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Eating Robots and the potential dystopias of the future

Interview with sci-fi author Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram is the author of Eating Robots – a collection of short stories which delves into a future dominated by limb-repossessing bailiffs and trauma-based VR.

Formerly the author in residence at Virtual Futures – once described by The Guardian as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’ – his work is inspired by real-life tech research.

Title story Eating Robots, for example, is based on the work of the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory and features kettles that can be boiled from dead flies. Or dead (fictional) policemen…

His stories also touch on subjects such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, driverless cars and wearable tech.

Jonathan Symcox spoke with Stephen to discuss tech, dystopias and which of his stories could be closest to the society of the future...

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