Futuring and trust; A prospective approach to designing trusted futures via a comparative study among design future models





The design of the future is the design of trust in relation to uncertainty and risk. In this paper we introduce Prospective Design via a comparative study between existing design future approaches. In this study, we outlined their limitations and propose a mixed methodology aimed at combining and enhancing different approaches to present an integrative model that aims to reconcile different perspectives and improve the main task of design in our unpredictable and exponential technological age: designing trust in prospective futures. 

Author Biography

Fernando Galdon, Royal College of Art

Fernando is a lecturer in design innovation at the Royal College of Art in London. His design practice experiments with the use of design, art, sociology, science, and technology as mediums to reconfigure processes and systems of production to question the social, cultural, ethical and political context in which they operate.

Currently, he is investigating trust design at the intersection of Artificial intelligence, futures, ethics, and society. In this process, multi-dimensional strategies such as synthetic consequential reasoning have emerged to address ethics in Highly Automated Systems. This research has been published and presented internationally at conferences at MIT, The University of Cambridge, The University of Manchester, the University of Côte d'Azur or The Royal College of Art, in London. This body of work has been accepted by the National Data Strategy Board in the UK as evidence to build a world-leading framework to unlock the power of data across government and the wider economy while building public trust and confidence in its use.