In doing some background research for a book review I wanted to dig up an article I remember from years ago. Not remembering exactly where I found it I turned to Google, the research assistant all of humanity turns to in times like this. I entered the search terms: Google Making Us Stupid and in a nano second got the answer I was looking for, the 2008 Atlantic article by … [Read more...] about I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it.
SciFi Is Fun and Of Critical Importance To Our Future
Science Fiction Expands Minds
|It is no coincidence that most techies are SciFi fans. Like Ray Bradbury said, "In Science Fiction we dream." And dreaming about the best use of tech is important. Dreaming about the worst that can happen is also important as a warning. It is also interesting to note that most of us have direct experience bringing magic to people and we are also frequently in direct contact with the great creators who are making our future.|
|Enterprise techies and innovators also find inspiration in SciFi. It can help expand the mind in very helpful ways, which is important when imagining solutions. SciFi also comes in handy when explaining tech concepts to non techies. For example, there is a wonderful scene in Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan where Kirk remotely logs into the the Reliant to win the day. That scene is a great one to recount for people to help them understand why multi-factor authentication is important! That is one of an incredible amount of relevant lessons we can learn from studying the fantastic visions of the futue from the great creators of today’s science fiction.|
|We would love your thoughts on this. Has SciFi ever helped you field or create a solution ir helped you discuss a concept with others? Let us know.|
Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel co-authored the book "Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction." The book hits on a relationship many of us in the IT world have enjoyed for years, the interconnected nature of science fiction and the innovators who are creating products of today. In the book, Shedroff and Noessel not only point to the relationship … [Read more...] about Lessons of Science Fiction Computer Interfaces
Thanks to Amazon you can stream Electric Dreams. Philip K. Dick is one of the most prolific, and greatest, SciFi authors. His writings have been far more than just entertaining, examining philosophical, social and political topics humanity has long needed to wrestle with. His mind has brought us great stories like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner), The Man in … [Read more...] about Electric Dreams: Amazon Turns Philip K. Dick Short Stories Into 10 Standalone Movies
Altered Carbon is a great series examining lots of interesting and thought provoking questions of what our future might be and what we might not want to see happen to humanity. It is based on an award-winning cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan, and stars Joel Kinnaman (which you may recall from Robocop). We most strongly recommend the series to any technology professional. It … [Read more...] about Altered Carbon: SciFi Action Exploring Concepts Of Bio-Sciences and The Ultimate In Personal IT
The first season of the Science Fiction series ExHumans is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the far future, the show follows Chrystal (Georgia Theodoulou) who is brought back from the dead at the Cryogenia Institute. The series examines many advanced concepts we should be thinking about now. Since you are a savvy news reader you know there have been … [Read more...] about Stream New Science Fiction Web Series “ExHumans” on Amazon
Can technology help us win wars and defend the nation? Of course. Can we use technology the wrong way and be counter-productive? Yes, unfortunately. But we can also learn from past mistakes and do things smartly. Turns out we can also learn from science fiction. If you have not read it yet, I would like to bring your attention to the incredibly prescient science fiction short … [Read more...] about The American Way of War Is Based On Tech: Don’t Let It Be Our Downfall!
Science fiction fans recognize Asimov’s prescient thoughts on robot programming, captured in his three laws of robotics. In Asimov’s sci-fi world, robots were all programmed to protect their humans (the first law), to obey their humans (the second law) and to protect themselves (the third law). These laws laid the foundation for many fantastic, futuristic stories and have long … [Read more...] about Time For A Fourth Law of Robotics