I’m a big fan of Design Fiction as a discipline that helps society and organizations understand how technologies will impact the world. In fact, this is exactly what I did when working with the Vancouver International Airport as their consulting Futurist with the YVR 2037 initiative (see the stories I wrote here).
I recently stumbled across the ‘Little Book of Design Fiction for the Internet of Things’ that, not so ironically, is about the future and the Internet of Things (IoT). The authors – Paul Coulton, Joseph Lindley and Rachel Cooper – explain why it’s important to understand how the IoT will shape our lives in the future and how we can use Design Fiction to explore these futures.
It’s based on their research conducted for the Acceptability and Adoption theme of the PETRAS Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things Research Hub.
The book aims to explain:
- What we mean by the IoT
- What we mean by Design Fiction
- Why it’s important to understand the future of IoT
- How to do Design Fiction for the IoT
- Who might do this and what they can achieve by doing it.
Nikolas Badminton on the Internet of Things
Nikolas Badminton was the keynote at Wavefront’s annual conference in Toronto in 2017. His talk discusses where the Internet of Things originated, where we are today, its implications, smart cities, and where we are likely heading in the future.