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This article explores the role of the future in contemporary technology design, and examines how imagination can influence the present through the mechanism of speculation. Three applications of futures are introduced: extrapolation examines present data and trends to predict possible futures, reflecting on the present imagines possible futures for insights on current practices, while backcasting visualizes a preferred future and plots a trajectory from the present to achieve it. Design speculations for Ocean Wave Energy capture systems are presented that illustrate the shaping of the future with conceptual prototypes, and a future narrative when humanity has averted a climate catastrophe.
|Journal||Journal of Futures Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2021|
- Renewable Energy
- Speculative Design
- Design Fiction
- Futures Studies