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Selling Freedom

Join the Design Museum for an evening panel discussion to explore how Californian design has created, and undermined, the pursuit of freedom.

What to expect

From smart phones to smart cities, big data and artificial intelligence are transforming the world as we know it. But just as these technologies once promised to create a utopia of leisure, now it is more fraught with uncertainty than ever before.

Join the Design Museum to discuss the promised freedom of these new technologies. Do they liberate us to pursue what really matters, or do we become slaves to the machines we create?

Black Panther poster, Emory Douglas, Afro-American Solidarity with the oppressed people of the world

Icon for the Apple Mac, 1984, Susan Kare notebook, courtesy of kareprints.com

Black Panther poster, Emory Douglas, Afro-American Solidarity with the oppressed people of the world

Patent drawing for the geodesic dome courtesy of The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller/Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Black Panther poster, Emory Douglas, Afro-American Solidarity with the oppressed people of the world

Booking information

Adult £10, student/ concession £7.50, Members £9

For a five day priority booking period Members have access to a limited number of tickets that are available at a 10% discount before tickets go on general release.

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