Design fiction

“The future is no longer regarded as predestined…It is now seen as the result of the decisions, discoveries, and efforts that we make today. The future does not exist, but a limitless number of possible futures can be created.” (Bell, et al., 2013, p. 5)

While designers typically create for the immediate future, they may not spend the time to reflect on the possible worlds we are building collectively and more importantly what do we want for our future society and what are the undesired consequence waiting ahead for us.

Design fiction is a design practice aiming at exploring and criticizing possible futures by creating speculative, and often provocative, scenarios narrated through designed artifacts. It sparks discussions about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling (MIT Design Fiction Group).