chambersI believe that we humans must accept the position that we are just one species among millions of living things. Somewhere deep down, we believe that our species is the pinnacle of evolution, and that this planet exists for us to do as we please. However, life has value not because it brings benefits to us humans, but because life is precious, no matter what form it takes. I believe we should ensure a world in which all other beings who have a right to live can live, and rewilding is a necessary process to restore such healthy ecosystems. By writing a novel with this theme, I’m sure it will give readers a sense of comfort.
HasegawaLastly, I would like to ask you one question: What do you think the future will look like 30 years from now?
chambersThis is a terrible answer, but I have no idea! I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and I can barely remember what happened yesterday. What I can say with certainty is that the future we imagine 30 years from now will be completely different from the future we imagine now.
Hasegawasurely. Genres of science fiction novels such as solarpunk have been created, and people working in the fields of architecture and energy, for example, may be able to read them, leading to the implementation of the future in which technology and nature coexist as depicted in science fiction works. I wondered if there was. If a “sufficient world” is implemented, a future filled with more hope will surely emerge.
chambersI’m excited to see what kind of world will come, but I’m not in a hurry. Tomorrow has to come first.
SF writer. Born in 1985. He grew up in a family involved in space exploration and currently resides in California with his wife. His debut feature “To the galactic core” was successfully raised on Kickstarter, and the book, which was self-published, became very popular, and was republished by a major publisher, and was nominated for awards such as the Clark Prize, the Bayleys Prize, and the Tiptree Prize. The “Wayfarers” series, which he wrote after receiving positive reviews from the same book, won a Hugo Award.
AI HASEGAWA | AI HASEGAWA
artist. Associate professor at Keio University Faculty of Science and Engineering. Using methods such as bioart, speculative design, and design fiction, he presents works that use biological issues and advances in science and technology as motifs to explore problems hidden in modern society. He has exhibited numerous works domestically and internationally, including at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Israel Holon Design Museum, Milan Triennale, and Ars Electronica.
TRANSLATION BY RUSSELL GOODALL
*Reprinted from the magazine “WIRED” Japanese version VOL.50 special feature “Next Mid-Century”.
Magazine “WIRED” Japanese version VOL.50
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