MIT, RISD, University of Michigan, Brown University
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.
CAA CONVERSATIONS: SOPHIA BRUECKNER AND BYRON RICH ON SCI-FI, DESIGN, AND INNOVATION