17 Apr How art can inspire the advancement of technology
The development of technology has impacted creative expression and creativity. However, this is a reciprocal connection. In an effort to address technological and scientific issues, researchers and technologists are also looking to the arts.
Because we are just oblivious to it, we don’t realise how significant art is because it can inspire us in a variety of ways, particularly regarding technological breakthroughs. A good example of this may be found in science fiction, more notably in the cyberpunk subgenre.
“Every technology begins in the imagination, and needs a description of what it will achieve “
In the sci-fi genre known as “cyberpunk,” technology has colonised the human body and permeated every aspect of life in a highly developed civilization. According to Bailenson, the worlds of cyberpunk authors and virtual reality researchers have always been closely related.
There are two explanations for this. First, the two groups cooperate, as seen by the association between William Gibson, the author of the classic virtual reality novel “Neuromancer,” and Jaron Lanier, one of the genre’s pioneers. Second, cyberpunk literature is treated seriously in seminars on virtual reality and online communication. As a result, these science fiction works influence how virtual reality academics think about ideas like the avatar, presence, or social interactions in virtual environments.
Although there may not be universal agreement on this hypothesis, it is clear that there is often little distinction between science fiction and foresight, the discipline that aims to forecast how society will develop in the future. This is demonstrated by the Red Team initiative, a group of science fiction writers assembled by the French Ministry of Armed Forces with the task of imagining the battles of the future.
Another noteworthy point is how the rise of the cyberpunk genre skyrocketed with the high exceptions of the game Cyberpunk 2077. Despite the mixed reviews of the game itself, it was the launch of its anime counterpart, Cyberpunk: Edgerunner, that was a massive hit with its beautiful animation and storytelling about the possible problems we could face living in a cyberpunk reality. The series went viral and gained enormous popularity across all social media platforms for being not only an incredibly exceptional watch but also a glimpse into what the potential future could look like for humanity.
This showcases that art can have a massive impact on the future of technology and how it may advance.
Science and art are frequently pitted against one another. But science also has a creative and imaginative component, and art aspires to describe the universe. All types of art stimulate fresh thinking, which motivates scientists and engineers. The arts—film, literature, music, etc.—show us new perspectives on technology from both the perspective of the technologies’ applications and consequences on society as well as from the perspective of the technologies themselves. They frequently hold the answers to problems that exist in the world of engineering.