Great article — thanks Brian! One lesser-recognized, but equally important aspect of the connection between science fiction and technology innovation, is how it can provide sometimes-startling insights into the complex relationships between technology and society, and the potential pitfalls of socially myopic innovation. Having just spent the past couple of years working on the book Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, I’m intrigued by what can be learned from them around how to avoid seemingly-obvious errors in the space between “could” and “should”, and how to think about innovating in socially responsible and beneficial ways.

Scientist, futurist & Professor of Global Futures at ASU. Author of Future Rising and Films from the Future. Writing about tech, society, & the future