Big Picture Science – Sci-Fi From the Future

by Gary Niederhoff on August 5, 2019


Big Picture Science – Sci-Fi From the Future

Are you ready to defer all your personal decision-making to machines? Polls show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence. The possible misuse of genetic engineering also makes us anxious. We all have a stake in the responsible development of science and technology, but fortunately, science fiction films can help.

The movies Ex Machina and Jurassic Park suggest where A.I. and unfettered gene-tinkering could lead. But even less popular sci-fi movies can help us imagine unsettling scenarios regarding over-population, smart drugs, and human cloning.

And not all tales are grim. The 1951 film, The Man in the White Suit, weaves a humorous story of materials science run amok.

So, grab a bowl of popcorn and join us in contemplating the future of humanity as Hollywood sees it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Jurassic Park & Never Let Me Go
Part 2: Inferno & The Man in the White Suit
Part 3: Limitless & Ex Machina

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