Intel has a project called Tomorrow's Project where their Chief Futurist Brian David Johnson recruits science fiction writers to produce "science fiction prototypes" such as future tech that help the engineering and product groups spark discussion.
They discuss their vision of the coming world and what they would like to build in a whole new way.
Once again, sci-fi writers are on the cutting edge of what the world could look like tomorrow. And business and technology are looking to them to help lead the way.
So take heart all you writers! You may be contributing far more to the advancement of civilization than you think.