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The stunning book design behind the new Philip Dick collection

The Folio Society is releasing a limited edition collection of all 118* short stories written by Philip K. Dick — and like a lot of the Folio Society's work, the graphic design is absolutely stunning. Check out the video for more about the process: This limited edition of Philip K. — Read the rest
Tags: Books, Video, Design, News, Book, Designers, Graphic Design, Design Fiction, Philip K Dick, PKD, Folio Society, Science Fiction Design, Philip Dick, Philip K Read

Which deodorant brands are mostly empty containers?

Certain brands of deodorant are sold half-empty, like the ink cartridges that come with a printer, to fool unwary shoppers who don't look at the weight. This video concisely (and swearily) compares a few brands to reveal which ones are playing games with packaging.
Tags: Video, News, Design Fiction, Hail consumers

A beautiful timeline of a future in which the climate crisis is met and overcome

Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist who has grown weary of the inadequacy of scientific discourse as a means of conveying the urgency of the climate crisis; instead, he's written an inspiring future history in which he traces the year-by-year steps that lead to a just climate transition: "a vision of what it could look and feel like if we finally, radically, collectively act to build a world we want to live in." This is the kind of thing I tried to do with my start-of-the-decade Globe and Mail...
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, News, Environment, United Nations, Design Fiction, Net Zero, Eric Holthaus, Climate Crisis, GND, Green New Deal

Design fiction, politicized: the wearable face projector

In 2017, a group of Dutch design students created some fictional anonymity "products" that they displayed under the name "Group Anonymous" at Milan Design Week. One of these design fiction pieces was Group Anonymous member Jing-cai Liu's "wearable face projector" -- a hat with a built-in LCD projector that skinned your face with an ever-shifting series of projection-mapped faces. At the time, the group expressed its hope that their "designs should provoke debates about the emerging future....
Tags: Twitter, Hong Kong, Post, Video, News, China, Design Fiction, Facial Recognition, Milan Design Week, Projection Mapping, To Opt Out Just Don't Have A Face, 612strike, Hongkongprotests, AntiMaskLaw EmergencyLaw, Jing Cai Liu, Group Anonymous

Design fiction: The business value of designing imaginative new worlds

Over the years we have prided ourselves on having produced numerous great examples of ‘futures world building’ for innovative clients like BAT, Dimension Data, UCT’s Graduate School of Business, Santam and Woolworths; so we totally get and buy into the immense power that fictional narratives can play for companies wanting to explore possible imaginative futures. Although now, with a far more holistic understanding of the science behind futures studies, we can retroactively see the value of c...
Tags: Business, Science Fiction, Hollywood, Design, La, Berlin, Advertising, Los Angeles, Strategy, Bbc, Netflix, Ford, Netherlands, William Gibson, Design Fiction, Gizmodo

"A Message From the Future": short film about the "Green New Deal Decade," narrated by AOC, drawn by Molly Crabapple, presented by Naomi Klein

The Intercept has just released "A Message From the Future," a short science fiction movie narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and drawn by Molly Crabapple, describing the coming "Green New Deal Decade," when Americans pulled together and found prosperity, stability, solidarity and full employment through a massive, nationwide effort to refit the country to be resilient to climate shocks and stem the tide of global climate change. It's an astonishingly moving and beautiful piece, and deplo...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Science Fiction, Video, Movies, News, Climate, Animation, Design Fiction, Jeff Bezos, Fdr, Naomi Klein, Jackson Pollock, Aoc, John Steinbeck, Works Progress Administration

How the patent office's lax standards gave Elizabeth Holmes the BS patents she needed to defraud investors and patients

When legendary grifter Elizabeth Holmes was 19 years old, she conceived of a medical device that could perform extensive diagnostics in an eyeblink from only a single drop of blood; she had no idea how such a device would work or whether it was even possible, but that didn't stop her from drawing up a patent application for her "invention" and repeatedly submitting to the patent office until, eventually, she was awarded a patent for what amounted to a piece of uninspiring design fiction. Fo...
Tags: Post, News, Stanford, Ars Technica, Fraud, New York Times, Patents, Uspto, Design Fiction, Benjamin Franklin, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Holmes, James Grimmelmann, Grimmelmann

An audacious design for a sysadmin-centered subnotebook computer where function is everything

Sukhe's plan for an "adminbook" is an audacious, well-developed plan for a laptop tailored to the needs of network administrators: small, intended for use in dark, cramped places, convertible into an external drive or display for headless systems or those needing their ROMs flashed, multilingual, with many options for I/O and power. It's also the kind of heroically ugly device that you get when functionalism is the sole consideration. Notwithstanding Don Norman's important thoughts on the ...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, News, Design Fiction, Don Norman, Adminbook, Function Over Aesthetics, Functional Rigor, Sukhe, Fn Given

Conducting "evil" computer research, in the name of good

The next CHI (computer-human interaction) conference is being held on May 5 in Glasgow, and will include a workshop called CHI4Evil, "Creative Speculation on the Negative Effects of HCI Research," in which scholars, researchers and practitioners are invited to "anticipate and reflect on the potential downsides of our technology design, research, and implementation" through design fiction, speculative design, and other tools. The call for papers asks submitters to "articulate a negative use ...
Tags: Post, News, Scotland, Ui, Scholarship, Glasgow, Ux, Design Fiction, Hci, Chi, Giuseppe Milo, Chi4evil, Inoculation Via Dystopia, HCI Research

Design fiction, speculative design, and "creepiness"

In "design fiction" and "speculative design," designers and science fiction writers create fictional products and services, which go on to inform real engineering and product design processes. (more…)
Tags: Google, Post, Design, News, X, Design Fiction, Wired, Futurism, Speculative Design

Futuristic designs for products the EU's stupid new copyright law would kill

The Polish thinktank Centrum Cyfrowe commissioned designers to come up with "speculative designs" for products that could be enabled by a European approach to copyright reforms that favored a more equitable balance tilted towards creators and the public and away from large corporations -- even as the EU is preparing to kill this future by passing an extreme, corporate-aligned copyright regime that runs on censorship and mass surveillance. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Censorship, Eu, Design Fiction, Notice-and-staydown

FanFlick Editor: an entry in EFF's Catalog of Missing Devices

Wonderful EFF supporters keep on coming up with great new entries for EFF's Catalog of Missing Devices, which lists fictional devices that should exist, but don't, because to achieve their legal, legitimate goals, the manufacturer would have to break some Digital Rights Management and risk retaliation under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now, EFF supporter Rico Robbins has sent us the "FanFlick Editor," a welcome addition to the Catalog, alongside of Dustin Rodriguez's ...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, News, Dmca, Drm, Design Fiction, Fair Use, Mashups, 1201, 1a, Cory Doctorow, EDL, Digital Rights Management, Clearplay, Edls

Three artificial pancreases: a special trio of Catalog of Missing Devices entries

EFF has just published an update to its Catalog of Missing Devices (a catalog of things that don’t exist thanks to the chilling effects of Section 1201 of the DMCA): a trio of ads for future artificial pancreas firmwares that illustrate the way that control over devices can magnify or correct power imbalances. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Kids, News, Parenting, Eff, Design Fiction, Apollo, 1201, Thought Experiments, Bodily Autonomy, Catalog Of Missing Devices, Artificial Pancreases, Closed Loops, Continuous Glucose Monitors, Insulin Pumps

Announcing the Catalog of Missing Devices: the amazing stuff the DMCA has strangled in its cradle

For a couple years now, I've been collaborating with EFF to produce a Catalog of Missing Devices: products that do something legal and useful and desirable, but don't exist because to make them, you'd have to break DRM, something US law bans. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, News, US, Dmca, Drm, Design Fiction, Apollo, 1201, Jailbreaking, War On General Purpose Computing, Catalog Of Missing Devices

Strange Beasts:short, inspiring/disturbing science fiction movie about augmented reality toys Magali Barbé's short film Strange Beasts depicts a futuristic augmented reality product for kids and parents -- a piece of design fiction with a serious sting it its tail. (via Beyond the Beyond)
Tags: Videos, Video, Games, News, Augmented Reality, Design Fiction, Magali Barbé, Pokemon Go Terminus

Bruce Sterling: science fiction won't make the future better

Bruce Sterling is one of the foremost advocates of design fiction and the use of science fiction as a tool for understanding and influencing the world, but despite yesterday's long, positive article praising many of the projects he's involved with, he's skeptical of the idea that science fiction makes the future better. (more…)
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, News, Design Fiction, Futurism, Bruce Sterling, Something To Be Enthusiastic About, X-prize

How science fiction writers' "design fiction" is playing a greater role in policy debates

Science fiction writers have a long history of intervening/meddling in policy, but historically this has been in the form of right-wing science fiction writers spinning fanciful superweapon ideas like Ronald Reagan's Star Wars system, or the writers who pitched in with the GW Bush team after 9/11 to design the brutal, endless "War on Terror" we're currently mired in. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, News, Ronald Reagan, Design Fiction, Bush

"Artisanal" Nintendo console cartridge hacker creates impossible alternate history games

Josh Jacobson is a Nintendo cartridge hacker who makes homebrew cartridges for games that were never released for NES/SNES, complete with label art and colored plastic cases that makes them look like they came from an alternate universe where (for example), there was a Nintendo version of Sonic the Hedgehog. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Old school, Gift Guide, Games, News, Makers, Etsy, Nintendo, Design Fiction, Oshw, Alternate History, Josh Jacobson, Retrogamers

A potential college course on detecting and combating bullshit in all its forms

University of Washington profs Carl T. Bergstrom (Biology) and Jevin West (Information School) have proposed a course called "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data" that characterizes "the majority of administrative activity" as "sophisticated exercise(s) in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit" and aims to train students to "navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combatting it with effective analysis and argument." (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, News, Scholarship, Bullshit, Design Fiction

Free audiobook of Car Wars, my self-driving car/crypto back-door apocalypse story

Last month, Melbourne's Deakin University published Car Wars, a short story I wrote to inspire thinking and discussion about the engineering ethics questions in self-driving car design, moving beyond the trite and largely irrelevant trolley problem. (more…)
Tags: Audiobooks, Videos, Science Fiction, Video, News, Podcasts, Australia, Youtube, Audio, Scholarship, Machine Learning, Melbourne, Computer Science, Design Fiction, Mp3s, Spoken word

Call for submissions for Disobedient Electronics

"'Disobedient Electronics' is a zine-oriented publishing project that seeks submissions from industrial designers, electronic artists, hackers and makers that disobey conventions, especially work that is used to highlight injustices, discrimination or abuses of power." (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Design, News, Makers, War On General Purpose Computers, Design Fiction, Jailbreaking, Zines

What is "design fiction?"

I've been writing "design fiction" for years (see, for example, Knights of the Rainbow Table), and when people ask me to explain it, I say something like, "An engineer might make a prototype to give you a sense of how something works; an architect will do a fly-through to give you a sense of its spatial properties; fiction writers produce design fiction to give you a sense of how a technology might feel." (more…)
Tags: Energy, Post, Science Fiction, News, Environment, Climate, Engineering, Design Fiction

Design fiction, the Internet of Women's things, and futurism

Jasmina Tesanovic (previously) and Bruce Sterling did a residency at The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD, working with the students on design fiction and futurism. (more…)
Tags: Videos, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Video, Design, News, Youtube, Scholarship, House Of The Future, Design Fiction, Oshw, Bruce Sterling, UCSD

8-Bit Cinema: great films reimagined as classic video games

We've featured David Dutton's 8-Bit Cinema many times over the past 8 years, but this astounding showreel demonstrates that his canon is wider, deeper and cooler that you might realize. (more…)
Tags: Videos, Post, Happy Mutants, Video, Games, Copyfight, News, Fanac, Youtube, Design Fiction, 8-bit, Contrafactual

To hell with the Trolley Problem: here's a much more interesting list of self-driving car weirdnesses

Jan Chipchase has assembled a provocative, imaginative, excellent list of "driver behaviors in a world of autonomous mobility" that go far beyond the lazy exercise of porting the "trolley problem" to self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles, including flying drones. (more…)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Science Fiction, Crime, News, Police, Race, Automotive, Drones, Self-driving Cars, Design Fiction, Futurism, Trolling, Jan Chipchase

Frankenstein turns 200 this year: write a short story, win cool prizes Arizona State University, Nanowrimo, and the Chabot Science Center are commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a series of events, including a short-story contest judged by Elizabeth Bear. (more…)
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Video, Writing, Horror, Steampunk, Design Fiction, Contests, Asu, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Forecasting

Charlie Stross talks science fiction and policy in DC next week

My former EFF colleague Kevin Bankston writes, "For Boing Boing readers in the Washington DC area, here’s a great event: this coming Tuesday, science fiction writer (and Cory's occasional collaborator) Charlie Stross will be doing a happy hour interview at think tank New America. He’ll be talking about cross-pollination between science fiction and real tech and policy with Kevin Bankston, who runs New America’s tech policy shop the Open Technology Institute."
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Events, Washington Dc, Eff, Dc, Design Fiction, New America, Cory, Charlie Stross, Kevin Bankston

Boston Globe previews a front page from the Trump presidency

The Boston Globe's front page today is a piece of design fiction that offers a glimpse of the first days of a Trump presidency, with headlines like "DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN: President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue"; "Curfews extended in multiple cities"; "Markets sink as trade war looms"; "US soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families"; and many sly digs, including the news that "NASA engineers halted the launch of an unmanned probe amid fears that its new gold leaf trim...
Tags: Post, Politics, Elections, Isis, US, Nasa, Design Fiction, Donald Trump, Media Theory, Trump, Boston Globe, Uspoli, #makeDonaldDrumpfAgain

A perfect storm of broken business and busted FLOSS backdoors everything, so who needs the NSA? In 2014, Poul-Henning Kamp, a prolific and respected contributor to many core free/open projects gave the closing keynote at the Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Belgium, and he did something incredibly clever: he presented a status report on a fictional NSA project (ORCHESTRA) whose mission was to make it cheaper to spy on the Internet without breaking any laws or getting any warrants. (more…)
Tags: Security, Video, Spooks, Nsa, Infosec, Belgium, Design Fiction, TOP SECRET/COMINT, Poul Henning Kamp