The future is sci-fi: Her and human-AI relationships — is dating Siri or Alexa necessarily a bad thing?
What if humans and AI could coexist harmoniously? Perhaps, our relationship with AI will be nothing but a natural extension of the platonic friendship we now share with Siri or Alexa. Only, it may not necessarily be platonic in the future.
The future is sci-fi: Metropolis' critique of capitalism endures, even if its solution to class conflict does not
Metropolis, 1927, has been regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction not only for its use of special effects or depiction of artificial intelligence (AI) but also for the political allegory at its core | From our #SciFiSeers series, where we look at the 2020s, as predicted by the pop culture of the past
The future is sci-fi: Children of Men's depiction of marginalised refugees is cautionary tale for our times
Rooted in contemporary political and social horrors, Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 adaptation of the PD James novel has proved to be frighteningly prescient | From our #SciFiSeers series, where we look at the 2020s, as predicted by the pop culture of the past
The future is sci-fi: How Ghost in the Shell, Deus Ex — Human Revolution foreshadowed humanity 2.0
We're not far from the transhumanist futures of Ghost in the Shell, Deus Ex: Human Revolution or Robocop | From our #SciFiSeers series, where we look at the 2020s, as predicted by the pop culture of the past
The future is sci-fi: A vision of the 2020s, seen through seven works of pop culture from the past
As we embark on a new decade, how do visions of the 2020s — imagined in books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, films like Soylent Green, or even manga like Ghost in the Shell — match up against our reality? In this special series, we look at six pop culture artefacts from the past that foretold the future, providing a prophetic glimpse of the decade we’re now entering | #SciFiSeers
The future is sci-fi: Soylent Green, climate change and the slippery slope from capitalism to cannibalism
Even if world leaders respond to our plea to fight climate change with sneering comments, we — like Thunberg — must never stop from calling them out for their inaction. The future of humanity rests on it.
The future is sci-fi: On Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, AI and artificial empathy
If androids become virtually indistinguishable from their organic counterparts, how do we tell them apart? In Do Androids Dream of Electric, Philip K Dick proposed an alternate criterion: empathy.