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Fiction has always had an impact on the development of new technologies, it begins to form a common image of what something in the future, whether imaginary or alternate, might look like. Diegetic prototypes, as described by Keeling, can help us better understand the complex relationships of multiple ‘actors’ in stories and our reality.

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