“The future” is a loaded term – one that evokes tremendous flights of imagination AND trepidation in myriad art forms. Most science fiction looks into the future (or, like Star Wars, looks at societies from “long ago” that are clearly more technologically advanced than we are) and sees a mixture of fantastical technology and dystopic social realities. The list is long: in the recent film Elysium, the technology exists to cure terminal cancer by simply lying down in a machine for a few moments, but this is only accessible to the wealthy who have fled Earth to live on a (really cool looking) space station; the rest of humanity lives in squalor and disease.
Our vision for the future – at least through the lens of science fiction – is rife with deep anxiety and stark dichotomies.
Is science fiction arguing that, the more powerful our technology becomes, the more fractured our social dynamic? (more…)