Science Fiction Impact On Innovation

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On Saturday, I gave a speech at Maker Fair 2010 on “Hacking The Future” where I talked on predicting the future through a variety of influences.  One that I shared was the role of science fiction.

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It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generations science fiction!  Did you know:

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What used to be a facination with dreaming of the future is now critical for our future success.  To put this in context, the 10 most in-demand jobs for 2010 did NOT exist in 2004.  What does this mean for society?

We are preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist … for technologies that have not yet been invented … for problems we don't know are problems.

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So how do you prepare?  As part of my day job, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about “what's next”.  One inspriation I use is science fiction.  In my case, I've been a long time fan of Philip Dick (the inspiration for Blade RunnerMinority ReportTotal Recall and Paycheck)

What science fiction writers are stretching your thinking?   What are they predicting?

* Speech was insipred by a great speech by Karl Fisch titled “Shift Happens”
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