How do you imagine the future? For this weeks writing prompt we'd like to explore the small moments that bring us into a futuristic fictional world. Is it body modification? Technology implants? Maybe it's AI, hyper-speed travel, or new forms of language (emojis, anyone?).
Sometimes the best science-fiction or futurist fiction uses small cues to signify to the audience that we are in a new era. I personally think about Ray Bradbury's short story The Veldt a lot when imagining what the household of the future might look like. His eerie, claustrophobic story doesn't get bogged down in describing how the technology in the nursery works, it is already there, already seamlessly integrated into the lives of the Hadley family.
Start with a list of inventions that exist but are not yet available to everyday consumers. How would these inventions work in our day to day lives? Would they be positive or negative? Again, don't get bogged down in the explaining how the technology works, this isn't an engineering manual, but use these little details as signifiers to a larger questions: what will the future look like?