Science Fiction Prototyping

Futurist Brian David Johnson's biweekly podcast about science fiction prototyping. What is science fiction protoyping? It's fiction based on fact used to prototype the future and thus understand the human impact of science and technology.

[ About Brian David Johnson ]

Brian David Johnson

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10–15 year vision for the future of technology. His work is called "future casting" — using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Follow Brian David Johnson on twitter: @IntelFuturist

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Episode 7: That Copernican Moment

What is a Copernican moment? Are we in the middle of one as we speak? Brian David Johnson talks with Tony Salvador, director of Intel’s Experience Insights Lab and senior principal engineer, about the social science behind big data and the radical flux happening in the behavior of people all over the world.


Episode 6: From NASA with Douglas Coupland

In the final podcast from NASA, Brian David Johnson talks with author Douglas Coupland about his experience at the Autodesk IDEAS event. They discuss the power of science fiction and the surprising thing about the gathering of scientists and thinkers.

Do you know any young minds that are interested in science fiction and the future? Join in science fiction prototype fiction competition “The Future: Powered by Fiction”, calling for young minds ages 13 to 25 to submit stories, comics, videos and essays that explore their possible futures. The competition runs until November 2013 and will award 10 winners $1000 and publication as a part of the Tomorrow Project. For more information see http://isef.tomorrow-projects.com/


Episode 5: From NASA with Ramez Naam

Brian David Johnson continues his reports from NASA with a conversation with science fiction author Ramez Naam about his views on the power of science fiction prototyping to allow us to engineer better products and the future. Naam discusses his hit science fiction novel Nexus, the explored brain to brain interfaces.

Do you know any young minds that are interested in science fiction and the future? Join in science fiction prototype fiction competition “The Future: Powered by Fiction”, calling for young minds ages 13 to 25 to submit stories, comics, videos and essays that explore their possible futures. The competition runs until November 2013 and will award 10 winners $1000 and publication as a part of the Tomorrow Project. For more information see http://isef.tomorrow-projects.com/


Episode 4: From NASA

Brian David Johnson kicks off a series of podcasts from the NASA Ames Research Center. He attended the Autodesk IDEAS event, a gathering of scientists, astronauts, engineers, and science fiction authors whot explore how science fiction prototyping can shape the future. In this podcast, Brian chats with Autodesk's Jonathan Knowles, the event's sponsor, about the idea behind IDEAS.


Episode 3: Young Minds and the Future

Brian David Johnson comes to us from Arizona at the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest international pre-college science competition. He tells us about being backstage with NASA's Adam Stelzner (@steltzner) and announces a new science fiction prototype fiction competition called, "The Future: Powered by Fiction," calling for young minds ages 13 to 25 to submit stories, comics, videos and essays that explore their possible futures. The competition runs until November 2013 and will award 10 winners $1000 and publication as a part of the Tomorrow Project. For more information see http://isef.tomorrow-projects.com/. Also, BDJ finishes his reading from the first Computer column, "When Science Fiction and Science Fact Meet."


Episode 2: Secret Science Fiction

Explore the world of secret science fiction, the science fiction stories you will never be allowed to read. In this podcast, Brian David Johnson dives deeper into this world in an extended conversation with Ari Popper, founder and CEO of SciFutures, a company that uses science fiction to explore innovation for Fortune 500 companies. Listen and learn more about confidential science fiction prototypes that will never see the light of day.


Episode 1: The Journey Begins...Go Boldly

In this podcast, Johnson comes to us from San Francisco, California, and reads us an excerpt from the first Science Fiction Prototyping column from the January 2013 issue of Computer magazine.