Saratoga in 2056
"Science fiction offers more than escapism," writes author Eliot Peper in the Harvard Business Review. "By presenting plausible alternative realities, science fiction stories empower us to confront not just what we think but also how we think and why we think it. They reveal how fragile the status quo is, and how malleable the future can be."
"Exploring fictional futures frees our thinking from false constraints," Peper continues. "It challenges us to wonder whether we’re even asking the right questions. It forces us to recognize that sometimes imagination is more important than analysis."
Some experts predict that neural implants could make us super-intelligent within five years. Here’s a warning issued in Nature by 27 neuroscientists, neurotechnologists, clinicians, ethicists and machine-intelligence engineers:
“We are on a path to a world in which it will be possible to decode people's mental processes and directly manipulate the brain mechanisms underlying their intentions, emotions and decisions; where individuals could communicate with others simply by thinking; and where powerful computational systems linked directly to people's brains aid their interactions with the world such that their mental and physical abilities are greatly enhanced. It is crucial to consider the possible ramifications now.”
Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and Apple have brought in science fiction writers as consultants. For enterprises and organizations in Upstate New York, the SMARTACUS Creative Group offers Darwin's Edge, our community-generated tale set in Saratoga during the Presidential Election of 2056.