The dreams our stuff is made of – Science fiction and future technologies
I have a new, and somewhat futuristic project on the go
NESTA have asked for a review and reflection on the role of science fiction in technological innovation. It will be published in the early Autumn alongside a couple of reports on more, ahem, formal futurological methods. I’ll be blogging thoughts about this here as I go.
Now, though, a simple request for help. There’s obviously stuff I need to know about. I can think of lots of different areas to explore – and will of course be doing a (limited) literature review and compiling a bibliography in academic mode.
But there are too many disciplines relevant here for one person to cover. There is also, I suspect, a fair bit of grey literature – some in print and, perhaps, more on the web.
So a little crowdsourcing seems in order. I’d be very grateful for any pointers to relevant items – research, commentary, discussion, etc – which I should ponder. Assume I will revisit the histories of SF and technology, literature on innovation, and journals in (science fiction) literature, science and technology studies and design. But anything outside those areas which I might miss is of interest.
I am particularly interested in:
- Robots – as a case study
- Design fiction/interaction design/speculative design
- Examples from non-Anglophone countries
- Projects in which tech development organisations (public or private) have dallied with science fiction in various ways.
- and, to ensure the project is as much fun as I intended when I pitched for it, exemplary fictions!
And the questions in NESTA’s original call were about:
- The direct impact of science fiction on those undertaking technological development, and the extent to which it has influenced research, product design, or the ambition and direction of innovation
- The influence of science fiction on the demand for innovation
- The influence of science fiction on the social status of innovation
- The creative processes and techniques that science fiction writers use to imagine and flesh out possible futures.
You might think, at first look, some of these will be easier to tackle than others. Me too…
If anything comes to mind in response to any of the above, do please take a moment to pass it on. If you use the comment space below, others can avoid repeating if they care to read through.
- The Future Repeats Itself: What Science Fiction Has to Say About Google’s Fancy Glasses (motherboard.vice.com)
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