A good reason to read science fiction

Finally, I have a legitimate excuse for my obsession with sci-fi and post-apocalyptic literature. Apparently it’s going to make me a better designer. I’ll take it! Rebecca J. Rosen explains Why Today’s Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction:

Once any sort of technology has users, it becomes extremely difficult to change it — even if you know it should or must be changed. […] How is that affecting our social structure and values? How is that changing the way we view ourselves and even the way we understand our own mental functioning? […]

Reading science fiction is like an ethics class for inventors, and engineers and designers should be trying to think like science fiction authors when they approach their own work. […] I feel with great urgency that we need to very thoughtfully consider what we build as well as encourage that same thoughtfulness out in the world.