Madeline Ashby, Science-Fiction Author and Futurist

Madeline Ashby spends her days dreaming pragmatically about the future, whether for her consulting futurist work, in which she helps companies conceive of coming transformations in society and industry, or for her science-fiction writing. Seattle journalist Glenn Fleishman interviewed her on May 5, 2015, at Ada's Technical Books and Café in Seattle about her about robots, AI, and the singularity — and how unlikely it is — and how it fits into her speculative fiction. They also talked about use of science fiction in strategic foresight, why stories make good prototypes, and hit on the controversy surrounding the Hugo Awards nomination process.