It is impossible to do this without ideas, because innovation requires inspiration. And what could be more inspiring than the stories we tell ourselves? Our imaginations abound with fables, whimsical stories and exciting images that we cling to like so many mantras that guide us. Sometimes we are not even aware of it. However, the astonishing development of technology since the 20th century has gone hand in hand with the birth of science fiction that warms the soul. Technological advances, whether in deeptech, spacetech, artificial intelligence or robotics, are associated with many artists, writers, painters or directors who paved the way, who laid the first foundation stones.
Exploring our imaginations through art and popular culture, already traces the history of innovation from its ideological ambitions to its most concrete achievements. podcast Once upon a time[s] Technology We aim to question our myths and our relationship with technology to understand the ins and outs. And then, in today’s stories, tomorrow’s discoveries may be hidden.
It was logical to begin with the robot, a literary object envisioned by tech since antiquity, from the first Egyptian automaton. So do robots alter our egos? Will they replace us or free us from thankless tasks? Do you perhaps look at robotics with a wary eye? But why exactly? For this first episode, we’re back with Jean-Pierre Dionnet, co-creator of Metal Harlant magazine, and the publishing house Les Humanoïde Associés on the history of science fiction and, in particular, the treatment of intelligent tin cans.
At the center of pop culture in the second half of the 20th century, Jean-Pierre Dionet enabled an entire generation of artists to launch. Moebius, Philippe Druillet, Alejandro Jodorowsky and even Marc Caro have all crossed the coloring pages of Métal Hurlant since its inception in 1974.
If the android is a mirror held up to humans, made in its image with two arms and two legs, what does this teach us about ourselves? Is it a symbol of oppression or liberation? Should we be concerned or happy to see a robot break out of its chains? And indeed, how has our representation of robots evolved through the history of science fiction, from Isaac Asimov to today? Listen to this first episode now to find some answers to these questions!