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Our Reality: A Novella


by Tadayoshi Kohno

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Our Reality: A Novella

Set in 2034, after The Pandemics of 2020 and 2024, Our Reality explores the challenges that a 16-year old Black high school student faces as she lives her life entirely online, in a constructed and impersonal digital world, and in a society where racism lingers in both people and technology.

Our Reality uses fiction to explore complex and deeply rooted questions, such as:

- How do individuals and society impact technology design? How do technologies affect individuals and society?

- In what ways can technology be unjust?

- What does it mean for a technology to be racist?

- How can technologies be made just if they are created by flawed human beings in an imperfect society?

Our Reality envisions one possible future world. Our real future world might resemble this story or differ completely. How do you want the future to unfold, and what will you do to make your vision a reality?

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