Minds and Machines


What’s the background?

In 2020, Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design came to us to help make some of the scenarios they described in their Future of Minds and Machines report more accessible and visual, and more easily understood by a larger audience. The report, published by them as PDF, mapped the different ways AI methods are already being used to make the most of collective efforts in sectors ranging from emergency response to agriculture.

What was the solution?

Storythings worked on 3 original scripts taking core points from some of the scenarios Nesta described in their report, and along with graphic comic writers and illustrators, brought those stories to life as comics. Set in the near future, the stories take place in a world where technological and social infrastructures go beyond the edges of what is already widely accepted as being possible.

In Health in your hands, we spend the day with Lana as she experiences a fully integrated healthcare system which AI helps to seamlessly bridge her personal lived experience, collective diagnosis and peer support.

In Fact versus Fiction, our protagonist Jay introduces us to a multi-layered fact checking network where experts, citizens and AI work together to continuously learn about and stop the spread of misinformation.

In Creativity combined, a global climate conference becomes a platform for collective visioning and creativity, where generative AI helps to combine, optimise and expand the design ideas of thousands of people around the world.

What was the impact?

The stories from our work on Minds and Machines were launched at Nesta’s annual flagship conference FutureFest in 2020, and were much appreciated by a large audience.