This talk looks at how a pandemic might have impacted the characters and how information technology have changed their stories.


Jacqui Hogan, Past Chair of BCS Elite; MD, Cocreative Ltd


17.30 - Presentation
19.00 - Estimated end


At the time of Jane Austen, in 1793, yellow fever was ravaging through the colonies (and Spain). This talk looks at how a Pandemic might have impacted Jane and her characters and how Information Technology have changed their stories.

For example, if Sir Thomas Bertram brought the virus home from his plantations in the West Indies, perhaps through some stray mosquitoes in his luggage or a freak mutation that enabled it to be transmitted between primates, what technology might Fanny etc. have used to deal with it? She would certainly be concerned about visiting her family, and would insist on using Zoom to stay in touch with them and used delivery bots and remote controlled drones to deliver food to the needy.

As the disease spread to the Bennets, all contact with officers and other young men would cease, being replaced by AI avatar Balls. Mrs Bennet would still be using Linkedin of course.

(In the 18th and 19th centuries, yellow fever was seen as one of the most dangerous infectious diseases. Rather like Covid is today.)

About the speaker

Jacqui Hogan has spent her career in a variety of IT roles including coder, computer aided design software developer, project manager, development director, business consultant and, most recently, chair of the BCS ELITE group. She has also been a passionate Janeite for over 25 years and looks forward to sharing an unusual look at what might have been different had Jane Austen been a geek!

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