The line between what’s real and what’s not is thin and shifting, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has decided to explore both sides. Boldly going where few government bureaucracies have gone before, the agency is enlisting the expertise of science fiction writers.
Crazy? Recently the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference, with contractors hustling business around every corner, felt at times more like a convention of futuristic yarn-spinners.
Onstage in the darkened amphitheater, a Washington police commander said he’d like to have Mr. Spock’s instant access to information: At a disaster scene, he’d like to say, “Computer, what’s the dosage on this medication?” (Detroit News)