What we're about

Speculative Futures Amsterdam is a component chapter of the global Speculative Futures community.

Speculative Futures is an international community of meetups focused on Speculative & Critical Design, Design Fiction, Futurism, and Strategy & Foresight and any vision or approach which involves using design as a vehicle to speculate about potential or alternate futures. Speculative Futures is an effort steered by the Design Futures Initiative.

We host speakers — practitioners, teachers, students, and other professionals who will be talking about relevant praxis and methods. We also host workshops which will allow you to learn how to conduct and apply futures thinking in a variety of circumstances as a method of synthesis and strategy.

Speculative Futures is organized in city chapters around the world. The Amsterdam Chapter of Speculative Futures is hosted by Theo Ploeg and Mick Jongeling.
We will organise meetups every 3-4 months.

Upcoming events (2)

Community Catch-up

Online event

Hi Community, After the success of our first catch-up, we thought of continuing this scheduled moment for new members to join our Discord outside of our meetups. Discord is our go-to place for any community-related activities. We want to invite you on this day to join us as meet each other, talk about whatever is on our mind and ideate how Theo and Mick can work more closely together with all of you. If you would like to join, feel free to fill in this form: https://forms.gle/ZDBx3qWVaYZk3TmL6 . From time to time Mick will go through the list and send invitations before the event. Hope to speak to you soon! ⚡️

Futures in the Faceless Society

Online event

Hi everyone! We will be back with a night focussed on the emergence of facial recognition, design for diversion and look into futures in a faceless society. This meetup is inspired by the initiative by several organisations in the European Union, one of them being Bits of Freedom, called Reclaim Your Face https://www.bitsoffreedom.nl/2020/11/12/reclaim-your-face/ Since the COVID-19 pandemic has started, it has become more acceptable to wear clothing that covers part of your face in public areas. This has made it challenging to identify people's emotions, read their intentions and trust one another. With strict rules and consequences to stress the use of face masks, it seemed only right to call out the irony of the face-mask ban that was introduced in 2019. The Dutch government has implemented laws that prohibit wearing any type of face covering garments, with the right utilising islamophobia to stress a false urgency (https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/gezichtsbedekkende-kleding-in-de-media-boerkaverbod/gezichtsbedekkende-kleding-gedeeltelijk-verbieden). For us specifically, we look at this time with facial recognition in mind. The emergence of surveillance in a post-911 world has definitely going out of control, with certain social media companies using your profile photos as training data and municipalities breaking their own rules with regards to proper use of public cameras. On top of that, there are reports that claim facial recognition technologies are having issues identifying the people on the street, now that faces are being covered. There have been complaints that a multi-million euro industry is in jeopardy, even though this industry is highly controversial and needs to be debated thoroughly. It seems that facial recognition is emerging and will be here to stay. On the contrary, popular discourses in Sci-Fi and futures narratives hardly impose a stronghold on biometric data. It has lead us to romanticising a faceless society, one where the use of face covering items has become acceptable or even common practice. We would like to explore how this futures will look with all of you. Please note that for this meetup, we will go to our Discord. If you haven't joined our server yet, please fill in this form: https://forms.gle/uNoZzbygBfV73GX16 Looking forward to meeting with you in our next meetup! ⚡️

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