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Why Tech Companies Need Science Fiction Writers on Staff

A little dystopian thinking can go a long way

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Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google logos superimposed over another image of a hand reaching for an open laptop.
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One night last spring, my apartment’s buzzer went off. Meg Elison, an award-winning science fiction writer, was waiting downstairs. She’d agreed to come by for a strange experiment.