Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: Brian David Johnson

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Season: 2016-2017

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Power of Science Fiction Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction About the Lecture: For over a hundred years, the wonders and nightmares of science have inspired writers, and these fantasies have gone on to influence the dreams and experiments of future generations of scientists and engineers. But, can we use science fiction to directly shape the future? From design-your-own robots to legal precedents yet to be set, internationally-renowned futurist and inventor of science fiction prototyping Brian David Johnson will explore the history and future of science fiction’s role in building our future. About the Speaker: Johnson is a Futurist and Fellow at Frost and Sullivan and the Futurist in Residence at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, where he is also a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. As a futurist, he works with organizations to develop long-term visions that use ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and science fiction to provide a pragmatic roadmap for the organization. As an applied futurist, Johnson has worked with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups, and multinational corporations. In 2009, he was appointed the inaugural futurist for Intel, where he worked for over a decade helping to design over 2 billion microprocessors. He holds over 30 patents, and he is the author of both science fiction and non-fiction books including Humanity in the Machine, 21st Century Robot, Vintage Tomorrows and Science Fiction Prototyping. He has also directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.
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