Making the Invisible Visible through Applied Imagination

Friday, October 12, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
The FUNG Auditorium
Rita J. King

Co- Director and EVP for Business Development

Science House

Making the Invisible Visible through Applied Imagination


As technology becomes more complex and cuts across disciplines, a new level of creativity is required of scientists. During twelve years of global research and experiential field work across many cultures and organizations of all kinds, Rita J. King developed the Imagination Age, a method for framing the critical period between the Industrial Era and the Intelligence Era. The primary skill for navigating this frontier is Applied Imagination, which enables practitioners to discern between tangible yet outdated vestiges of the Industrial Era, and nebulous yet critical elements of the emerging Intelligence Era. Results of this research indicate that we may well learn what it means to be human from our interactions with technology.


Rita is a futurist who specializes in Applied Imagination. She specializes in the intersection of technology and humanity, with a focus on the unintended consequences of our technology and how we can think differently about what we're creating, and why.  She designs plans for the development of collaborative culture. 

She has served as Innovator-in-Residence at IBM and futurist at NASA Langley’s think-tank. Rita is currently a futurist at the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, for which she invents technologies, novel characters and story architecture. Features about Rita's work have appeared globally. She is the creator of the Imagination Age, a way to navigate between the Industrial Era, which is fading, but not gone, and the Intelligence Era, which is coming, but not here.