Sci-Fi Prototyping
MIT, RISD, University of Michigan, Brown University
2011-2017
Reading science fiction is like ethics class for inventors, designers, and engineers. For decades, science fiction authors have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology might lead us. Science fiction looks at current technological and social trends and extrapolates them into the future. It speculates on the consequences of these trends, both good and bad, if they continue unchecked.

Since 2011, I've taught courses and workshops combining science fiction, speculative futures, and prototyping as a means to encourage the ethical and thoughtful design of new technologies. Both the courses themselves as well as the students’ individual projects received international recognition and were featured by Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, NPR, Scientific American, Wired, Fast Company, and more.
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Smithsonian Magazine, How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future
Los Angeles Times, The MIT Media Lab Class That Makes Science Fiction Real
Scientific American, Students Combine Arts and Science While Exploring "Transhumanism"
Fast Company, Take Note, Facebook: How Colleges Are Training Designers To Treat Users Like More Than Lab Rats
The Atlantic, Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction
Studio 360, WNYC, NPR, At MIT, An Ethics Class for Inventors
Digital Culture, KPFK 90.7 FM Digital Village Radio, Sci-Fi to Sci-Fab: Bringing Science Fiction to Inventors
The Atlantic, The History of Invisibility Cloaks, as Told by People in the Future
io9, At MIT, engineers are taught that scifi is crucial to do good science
The Creators Project, Brown, MIT, And RISD Are Implanting Art Into Their Transhumanist Experiments
Fast Company, Mad Scientist 101: A New MIT Class Aims To Turn Science Fiction Tech Into The Real Thing
Wired, Science Fiction to Science Fabrication
Fast Company, From MIT, An Interactive Book That Makes You Feel Characters' Pain
MIT Spectrum, Why Should Inventors Read Science Fiction?
Boston Magazine, What If Books Physically Replicated the Protagonist's Emotions?
Providence Business News, R.I., Mass. students collaborate on STEAM
Sci-Fi to Sci-Fab TV interview, Sky News, UK
The Shift, CKNW, Vancouver
WGN Radio, Chicago
Newstalk Radio Ireland
Wisconsin Radio News, WTMJ
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, NPR