This issue of User Experience Magazine explores perspectives on the future of technology, society, communication, and user interaction. In recent years, user experience researchers, designers, and others have shown renewed interest in science fiction media, applying the critical skills of our profession to the implied or stated personas, use scenarios, technology platforms, and cultural/social contexts depicted in modern science fiction.
The articles in this issue explore innovative intersection of UX and sci-fi.
- Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling, provide lively, challenging, and just slightly outrageous speculations in interviews about science fiction, the uses of user experience, and what we might expect in the future.
- Christina York conducts a field observation about user experience details in the movie Star Trek.
- Robert Grant considers the storytelling techniques of science fiction media.
- Patrick Purdy analyzes the back-and-forth linkage between user experience professionals and science fiction writers in advancing knowledge about technology and people.
- Alex Feinman comments on the nature of futuristic user interfaces from some classic successes and failures in science fiction media.
- Gerry Gaffney and Masaaki Kurosu both detail the impact of pessimism and optimism in science fiction, helping us to be more sanguine about the future, if we have the courage to look at the warnings present in science fiction media.
- Tricia Flanagan explores the embodiment of high-technology concepts in wearables as fashion artifacts of the future.
Join us as we explore this interaction in the multi-polar, multi-cultural, multi-platform, multi-context world of the future, as envisioned by past, present, and future writers, designers, and producers of the world’s science fictional user experiences.
The articles in this issue are “members-only” through September 2013. They will become open-access as the next issue is published.
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