Take a listen to Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist on Radio National’s “Big Ideas” with Paul Barclay, who sums up Finkel’s speech in the following way:
“Our future leaders and policy makers should read more science fiction…scifi can be useful for the building of a good society.”
Just one quote here from Dr Finkel’s speech:
“Take Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game published in 1985. He envisaged a world where students used flat touchscreen computers in class, where citizens could access the ‘nets’ for worldwide digital communication, and where anyone could comment on politics while hidden behind a digital identity. And today we call these tablets, the internet, and social media. It’s a reminder that every great human advance is preceded by a leap in imagination.”
You can find the program audio here: <http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgM7rLEl26>, originally broadcast on ABC Radio National on Tuesday September 19 2017.
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