According to an old Hollywood commonplace, nothing can beat the plot of a good sci-fi film when it comes to predicting the future. Many of the promotional taglines that accompany these features assure us that, should we invest in a ticket, we’ll be “entertained” and “educated,” or even “enlightened,” by a product that “presciently signifies the all-but-inescapable fate of our planet” (2012
), that warns of a future that “looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like a nightmare vision of our times” (1984
), or that offers a “harsh but searingly urgent” glimpse of the overall prospects for mankind (Blade Runner
). Continue Reading...