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Simone Lackerbauer

Product Manager, M.A., Creator, ProSiebenSat.1 Games

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Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.

I have been fascinated by the way how ideas and visions, especially related to new technologies, are communicated in real life (TED Talks, scientific conferences, academe) and in fiction (science fiction, cyberculture). I want to explore certain aspects of creativity, fiction, and technological utopia -- visions of the future, fuelled by innovation, new technologies, gadgets, visions, dreams, rumors related to high-tech and small-scale technologies.

One of my hypotheses is that we need imagination and fiction to communicate our visions in order to foster change; for better or worse. Every innvoation starts as pure fiction, so the more we imagine and envision, the more we will be able to innovate and to channel our imagination for positive change.

A commercial example: Steve Jobs had a very particular idea about personal computers and gadgets; the systems he built (as opposed to the ones Steve Wozniak favored) were (and are) "closed" systems, communicating a vision of completedness and a certain digital lifestyle.

A cultural example: TED Speakers use the TED platform -- and bend to the TED rules -- to communicate their ideas. Many Speakers have had special presentation training, many of them have stunning visualizations of their ideas -- impressive slides, fascinating computer animations to communicate their ideas and partly their fiction of what might be possible -- to share their visions and to help them become reality one day.

A scientific example: scientists come up with theories based on observations, then they try to make them real by experimenting, by observing, by comparing, by publishing papers, by talking to peers and eventually by finding evidence (at least in most cases).

Do you think fiction has the power to provoke change? Do you think we need fiction to give our visions more substance and to push them towards reality? Is fiction in everyday life settings powerful? Is fiction dangerous? Can fiction foster innovation and change?

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    Oct 2 2011: Do you think fiction has the power to provoke change? Do you think we need fiction to give our visions more substance and to push them towards reality? Is fiction in everyday life settings powerful? Is fiction dangerous? Can fiction foster innovation and change?

    YES, Yes, Yes, and More yeses!!! As A Sci-fi Writer, and Comics Creator, I have vivid Creative Ideas, Theories, Opinions, and Views. I have always been an "All the Way OUT-OF-THE-BOX" type Thinker, and so it natural that I am Now Finally utilizing my Ideas within my Comics and my Novels. OUR Future Films, Animations, Video games, also can give Birth to NEW Toys, Action Figures, New "Spin-offs" and as i have watched many past Creative Films, TV Series, and Suggested Items which would/could be developed in the Future; For many of those, "The Future is NOW" as we have seen many of those from the past come into REAL LIFE Modern Products.

    Yes, Certainly Fiction has the Power to Creative NEW generations of Change and Developments.

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      Oct 11 2011: One additional question: what is the essence of your comics' and novels' purpose? Is it to create new forms of entertainment other than the super heroes and stories promoted by big companies, or do you have a bigger project, vision, or idea you want to communicate?

      Please don't get me wrong, I think entertainment for the sake of entertaining people is a very important element in pop culture -- and being entertained, laughing, or just having a good time without being confronted with morale or values is perfectly fine. But I'm just really curious if there is something more behind your ambition.

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