Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction

by Rachel Baker on September 22, 2013

There’s a cool interview transcript at The Atlantic with two MIT researchers who are teaching a class called “Science Fiction to Science Fabrication” aka Pulp to Prototype.” This is a long read, but totally worth it.

How will police use a gun that immobilizes its target but does not kill? What would people do with a device that could provide them with any mood they desire? What are the consequences of a massive, instant global communications network?

Such questions are relevant to many technologies on the market today, but their first iterations appeared not in lab prototypes but in the pages of science fiction.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/print/2013/09/why-todays-inventors-need-to-read-more-science-fiction/279793/

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