New methods for public engagement in technology foresight
Design fiction for public reflection

While public acceptance is vital to technological inventions, their ramifications remain extremely difficult to predict. This talk presents an original design fiction methodology intended to encourage public reflection on potential ramifications and desirable outcomes of technological advances. The methodology was developed and tested in an interdisciplinary research project funded by the German ministry for education and research. Within the talk, I’ll present the theoretical background and the project „Shaping Future“. Then, I’ll focus on the use of design fiction prototypes and show some examples of developed objects.

Marie Heidingsfelder works at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation. Current projects focus on need-oriented research planning and on technology and knowledge transfer. As media and communication scientist, Marie holds a binational Bachelor Degree from the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Université Lumière Lyon II, and a Master’s Degree from the Technical University in Berlin. She is a PhD candidate at the University of the Arts Berlin with a research focus on science communication and design fiction.

Studio Show
February 22, 2017
16:00 – 17:00