From Borges to the Borg Queen: Prototyping a future

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, 
imagination points to all we might yet discover and create - Albert Einstein

Has science and technology come to a point where what we can create is only constrained by our imagination?

Produced at the Creative Science Foundation conference last July, this video explains how cross-disciplinary thinking, and in particular "science fiction prototyping," may help supply a positive context for technology and a technology-suffused future that we'll all share.

Because science and technology do not exist in isolation, the point is not to free associate, but to tease out the implications of current and near-future technologies, and to put a story to them.

Related, creatively approaching the future was also at the top of IBM tech evangelist David Barnes' mind at IdeaFestival 2011, and while he discussed literature and the arts as a method for thinking about positive change, he also recommended an unusual approach that IBM regularly encourages its employees to take to nurture their individual creativity - unplugging.

If you like this kind of thinking, check out the interviews with Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom) and at The Tomorrow Project.