Author: Brian David Johnson

Brian David Johnson

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called "future casting"—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories). He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

About Brian David Johnson

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called "future casting"—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories). He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

This Week in the Future: Farewell, A Call to Action and Questions About the Future

This Week in the Future: Farewell, A Call to Action and Questions About the Future

It’s funny: Being a futurist means you rarely get to end things. I’ve often joked with people that the future is relentless; it just keeps coming day after day. There’s always a tomorrow. It’s my job to have a fact-based, science-based understanding of where that future is going, and then work to not only bring it ...

This Week in the Future: Apocaholics

This Week in the Future: Apocaholics

We have become addicted to catastrophes and end of days predictions. We have become, in a word from Gary Alexander: Apocaholics. In a 2007 web essay, Alexander began a long list on Armageddon- that-never-were with the following preamble: Hi, I’m Gary and I’m a recovering Apocaholic. I am currently Apocalypse free for ...

This Week in the Future: How I Spent My Apocalypse

This Week in the Future: How I Spent My Apocalypse

On December 21, 2012, the world did not end. The end of the Mayan calendar did not bring about the apocalypse as the internet (and a surprisingly large number of people) predicted. The Earth did not collide with Nibiru (aka Planet X), nor did we experience a massive solar flare thrown at us by the sun with the force of 100 ...

This Week in the Future: To Prepare for Tomorrow, Be Human

This Week in the Future: To Prepare for Tomorrow, Be Human

How do we prepare ourselves and our children for a future where we are surrounded by ever-increasing intelligent machines? What skills will we need in a future where computers do tasks originally performed by people? There are two skills that computers will have a really hard time mastering in the next few decades. By ...

This Week in the Future: Preparing for the Future of Education

This Week in the Future: Preparing for the Future of Education

I hope we can all agree that throwing technology at children will not make them smarter. Let’s start there, because we are throwing a lot of technology at kids these days. Computers have made their way into many classrooms. Shockingly (and sadly), not all classrooms and educators, schools and parents stay up to ...

This Week in the Future: Religion & Tech: A Match Made in Heaven

This Week in the Future: Religion & Tech: A Match Made in Heaven

On December 12, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI tweeted. The spiritual leader of the Catholic religion sent out this message: Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart. — Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012 In the wake ...

This Week in the Future: Healthier Pets Through Biology

This Week in the Future: Healthier Pets Through Biology

Andrew Hessel is always fun to talk to. He looks and talks like a mad scientist. He’s the closest person you’ll meet to a comic book super villain. He’s tall and lean and has a habit of laughing nervously mid-sentence. Andrew is a synthetic biologist that talks about using viruses to infect people with genetic ...

This Week in the Future: Know Thy Kitty and You Shall Know the Future

This Week in the Future: Know Thy Kitty and You Shall Know the Future

Look at that kitty! Come on; that’s a cute cat. His name is Merlin!, and yes the “!” is a part of his name. He’s a new arrival to Team Shelly Palmer and fresh from the animal shelter. It’s the holiday season and this week we’re all a little pet-mad. We’re not alone. According to the American Humane ...

This Week in the Future: My SUV, DRM and Cory Doctorow’s Request of the Future

This Week in the Future: My SUV, DRM and Cory Doctorow’s Request of the Future

About five years ago I bought a Chevy Suburban (aka “the Rig”). I got it for a great price. The gas mileage is terrible but I only planned to use it to go camping at Timothy Lake or snow shoeing on Mt. Hood. It turned out that the Rig also really came in handy when you had to haul stuff around, like when I told my ...

This Week in the Future: Jerks, Tools and Tech

This Week in the Future: Jerks, Tools and Tech

What do you think of the iPhone? What do you think of Windows 8? What do you think of the iPad mini? What do you think it means that DirectX 11.1 will be Windows 8 exclusive? What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S3? How do you think an Ultrabook compares to a Macbook Air? Who will win? What does is mean for the ...