The Singularity University’s SciFiDI (DI stands for “Design Interlligence”) workshops use Science Fiction thoughts and methods to inspire innovation. They gather corporations, start-ups, development organizations and mix them with illustrators, writers, futurists and designers.
The “Design Intelligence for the Future Home” graphic book that illustrates the workshops’ outcomes is cool, yet not really convincing. The four stories lack complexity and sometimes, consistency. What’s interesting, though, is that the world in which the stories happen is almost dystopian, clearly contradicting the Singularity University’s usual positive outlook on a future where technology has solved “humanity’s most urgent, persistent challenges“.
However, workshop participants seemed to enjoy the experience and find it useful, as Alison Berman reports – and that is probably all that matters in the end. Her post also gives us a glimpse into the methodology used.