Thinking about the purpose of prototypes:
Make new and upcoming technologies and standards tangible enough to help people think through the consequences of them.
Technology is moving fast, but it is also unevenly distributed, and the consequences – good and bad – of emerging technologies may only become apparent as they move into the mainstream. By making these consequences tangible early we can choose between possible futures.
MIT Design Fiction Research Group
What do Prototypes Prototype? by Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill