Great Foresight Videos - Sites, Lists, and Selections
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Science, Evolution, and Development
Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech)
Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Economics, Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation Infrastructure
Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Sustainability Infrastructure
Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion
Organizations: Org. Leadership, MgmtInnovation, Entrep, Sustain & Development 
Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle

Top Foresight Videos - Sites

Video - Compilation Sites (Free and For-Pay)
Experts, thinkers, and activists in environmental and social sustainability.

Closer to Truth
 (and PBS Site)
leading scientists, scholars and artists debate the fundamental issues of our times (Robert Lawrence Kuhn).
Early-stage (2007) intelligent ITV venture. "Discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues." Promising.
Google Video
Largest free long-form video compilation site. Videos can be several hours long.
Entertaining video compilation site.
Now (PBS)
"One of the last bastions of serious journalism on network television." Great investigative reporting, democracy-building approach. (Bill Moyers to 2006, David Brancaccio after)
Largest free short form video compilation site. Videos are 10 mins or less.

Top Foresight Videos - Lists
15 Weeks of Great Foresight Videos
UAT's Foresight Development Course (TCH110) Recommended Videos - Solid List

Top Foresight Videos - Selections

Did You Know / Shift Happens 2.0, Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, 2007
Excellent set of thought-provoking futures statistics on our accelerating world.
Did You Know / Shift Happens 3.0, Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman, 2008
More great shift statistics. Updated for a Sony BMG executive meeting June 2008.
The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Verson), Michael Wesch (4:33)
Nice into to Web 2.0 architecture, and its long term promise to improve our collective intelligence.
A Vision of Students Today,Michael Wesch (4:44)
Another great Michael Wesch video about students in the 21st century.
Hyperland [1990], Douglas Noel Adams (49:21)
Get to know your virtual guide, a futurist's view of interactive media's future. Highly predictive.
Douglas Adams is a greatest futurist who rarely gets recognized as such, since he is so funny. [Roivas]

Here Comes Another Bubble, Matt Hempey and the Richter Scales (2:45)
Satirizing Web 2.0 stock inflation. Hilarious. 1999 here we go again!
ApplePresents... the iRack!
, MAD TV, Season 12 Episode 15, 2007 (4:17)
Funny analogy between G. Bush and Iraq and S. Jobs and Apple's suite of iProducts. Great hook ending too.

Artificial Intelligence
AGI-08: The First Conference on Artificial General Intelligence
Over thirty conference videos on artificial intelligence research
Novamente videos
Talks and panel discussions on the Novamente Cognition Engine

Singularity Summit 2006 
Conference videos on Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity

Singularity Summit 2007 
Conference videos on Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity
Singularity Summit Video Interviews 
Interviews on implications of future technologies

Life Extension
Methuselah Foundation Mutimedia
Video and audio on SENS research

Science, Evolution, and Development Videos - Sites, Lists, and Selections 

A Thousand Years of Darkness
, Carl Sagan (9:45)
Thoughtful excerpt from Sagan's Cosmos series, describing the great scientific advances of the Western world, and specifically the Egyptian city of Alexandria from the 3rd Century BC to 3rd Century AD, and how the knowledge of that era was stalled for 1,000 years, as human society turned away from critical thinking and toward blind faith and nationalism. Could this happen again? How do we make sure that a scientific attitude' is cultivated in our societies, and that science's benefits are made available to all, not just the privileged? 

Intro to Genetic Engineering 
This is a good video containing a monologue from a futurist reviewing the idea behind genetic engineering and the possible good and bad that could come from it. These good and bad things range from giving human genes to pigs so their organs can be better used for transplants to humans to possibly creating a super disease with our tinkering.

Powers of Ten: The Films of Charles and Ray Eames (Volume 1), 1968.
The first and still one of the best film versions of an incredible "dimensional tour" of the structures of our universe, starting with a human and going down to the quarks and up to the level of the whole universe.

Future By Design - Trailer - Movie 
"Future By Design presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture." It is presented by a man who is called a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci. It shows great insight to what the future may be like. 
[Kristopher Velez]

Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech) 
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"The Mother of All Demos" - Doug Englebart Previews the Personal Computer at the Fall Joint Computer Conference, Dec. 1968

In 1962 the Xerox Alto, the world's first personal computer, was built by Butler Lampson, with with a design inspired by Doug Englebart at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). In 1963, Doug and Bill English built the first prototype for the computer mouse. The Alto was extremely expensive, and was unfortunately never commercialized (built for sale to companies and the public). But the Alto had many of the key features of modern computers, including WYSIWYG editing and the mouse. Unfortunately, Xerox management did not realize how this revolutionary GUI (graphical user interface) could be combined with the new field of personal computing to fundamentally change how document production (its main business) occurs. This failure of critical foresight is surprisingly common in large organizations, where complacency emerges and bureacracy can be significant.

The Alto was being used in Xerox PARC, Xerox's research division. People were very excited about its potential, but the general public had no idea what was going on. So in 1968, Doug Englebart gave a demo of the first computer mouse the public had ever seen, as well as introducing interactive text, video conferencingteleconferencingemailhypertext and a collaborative real-time editor. You can see the demo in this Google video. About 1,000 people were in the audience. This demo showed the world nothing less than the future of personal computing, more than ten years before the first commercial personal computer was manufactured, the Commodore PET in 1977, In 1969, ARPANET, the world's first electronic computer network, was established between nodes at Leonard Kleinrock's lab at UCLA and Douglas Engelbart's lab at SRI.

It took fifteen years, 1962 to 1977, to go to from the Alto to the Commodore PET. It took twenty years, from 1969 to 1989, for the ARPANET to turn into the Internet, and for it to become open to commercial interests. Email was the first application allowed, a service called MCI Mail. With these two advances, of course, the world was forever changed. Why do you think that futurists say it often takes twenty years for an idea to go from first use to broad application? Is this interval getting shorter today? If Englebart had done his demo in 1965 instead of 1968, do you think the world would have had personal computers even earlier? How important is it to do a good demo, as soon as you can? What is something you'd like to demo?

Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor CityPBS, Aired 8 Feb 2010 (90 mins)
Excellent documentary on the need for the next generation of infrastructure in the U.S. Shows the burnt-out shell that is Detroit, MI, formal manufacturing capital for the auto. Nowhere is the consequences of the loss of the American manufacturing base more painfully obvious. Can we revitalize US manufacturing? What would we need to do, besides immigrating many more hard working citizens every year? Would we need higher taxes? How has Germany kept its manufacturing while having far higher taxes as well? Describes Spain's high-speed rail system between cities, which has more riders than planes and buses combined. Europe is now far ahead of the US in transportation infrastructure quality. The US stopped spending on transportation infrastructure in the 1980's. But the solutions didn't stop. High speed rail and hybrid buses and shuttles are clearly the next generation of efficient mass transit. Can the US get more high speed rail? We'll probably do it slowly. Can we get more hybrid and electric shuttles and buses? That would be excellent, but it may take some time. Would building super efficient shuttle buses, which can go door to door, be a better first step toward better infrastructure in many communities than light rail, or high speed rail?

QRIO spends time with Children
Javier Movellan at the University of California San Diego, US, took one of Sony's Qrio's and let it interact with toddlers. The children treated it like they would any other kid. Not only that, but when it laid down (function called upon when its batteries are low) the toddlers would put a blanket over it and wish it a good night. We as adults may not accept robots, but this shows that children truly are blind to anything we learn as we get older. -MustanshioMcHatman

Connections (10 Episodes), James Burke, 1978/2001. 
This award-winning series is subtitled "An alternative view of change." It represents the views of James Burke, a leading technology historian, who helps us understand the serendipitous and highly interconnected and interdisciplinary nature of scientific and technological discovery. Episode 3 Distant Voices is particularly future-relevant. It begins with a suitcase nuclear bomb and ends with the Arecibo radio wave antenna/transmitter: the first represents the disruptive threat of technology and the second its ability to bring us all together. We live in the middle space between these two gargantuan opposing forces. How we use them shapes our future, perhaps more than anything else we do. - John Smart
Ancient Discoveries: Computers, The History Channel, 2004 
(Not Available For Sale Yet at the History Channel. Does Anyone Have? We Need A DVD Copy of This For Our Library!)

"The classical world of the 3rd Century BC produced three of the most important computing machines in history - Ctesibius’ clockVitruvius’ odometer and the spectacular Antikythera mechanism, an model of the cosmos in a wooden box." Could the computer age have started 2,000 years before its time? Quite possibly so, with a better culture of foresight, and just a little bit more luck. - J Smart
Ancient Discoveries: Heron of Alexandria, The History Channel, 2004
(Not Available For Sale Yet at the History Channel. Does Anyone Have? We Need A DVD Copy of This For Our Library!)
About Heron (aka Hero) of Alexandria, Egypt, 20-70AD, and his many amazing inventions, including a primitive rotary steam engine. Could the Roman Empire have had the steam engine 1,500 years before its time? Quite possibly so,
with a better culture of foresight, and just a little bit more luck. - J Smart

Webb Alert. This is a video blog made by one of the hosts of X-Play on G4. It is a daily roundup of all the big news in the tech world that provides links to all the storys covered in each episode so the viewer can do a follow up. Each episode is only about five minutes long so it doesn't take up too much time and provides some insight into each story. - Bernard Clary

Jeff Han (Interface Free Computer Screen)
First 10 Minutes of Minority Report This guy first off started making what i believe to be a welder that runs off water. Now he is working on a Hummer for the military that runs off water and gas. If this technology works some problems with our fossil fuels might end, but then perhaps new ones may come up with our supply of water? This has to be the coolest video i have seen. No pedals to stop or accelerate, no mirrors, its just amazing. This is another video about future technologies, it shows how intergrated they will become in our lives. I like this video too because it shows how we dream about the future and all it takes its a dream to make it happen. 

Armsted Snow-Car Concept Car, 1926 (11:05)
A really amazing video of a combination of a Ford tractor and a Chevrolet auto body. Armsted Snow Motors Co. thought these were going to take off in Winter in the US, on all the farms and back roads where there was no good snow plowing. Why do you think the Snow Car never emerged as predicted? What stopped it? Could this car still be a good solution today in some kinds of applications? Explain.

Jatech Rotary Drop Car Doors, 2009 (3:03)
What do you think of this car door? It has many advantages, but are there also hidden problems? Do you think we'll see more doors like this in coming years? Explain. 

Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources 
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We Built this City - Paris, Discovery Channel, 2005

Great overview of the many urban planning challenges and solutions needed to keep Paris functioning, from 50 BC to the present. Excellent history lesson too, all in one hour. Paris has one of the most interesting histories of any city in the world.

The Future of Food - This is a YouTube video that is a bit dated but shows the progression of our genetic modification on the food we eat. There's also insight here on the issues that could arise if we don't work out the political issues behind modifying genes. As the video makes a point in saying, modified food has advantages but we don't want to have the seeds to the majority of our food owned by a few private corporations.

William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle - Interesting Youtube Video about intelligent "cradle-to-cradle" city design and environmental awareness. China is beginning to use his models.

Salt water as fuel! - Youtube Video on the discovery of salt water as a fuel. When exposed to a radio wave salt water explodes, this could be the end of oil and global warming. 

Compressed air as fuel!
 - Youtube Video on running cars on compressed air. 

Windbelt- An alternative to wind microturbinesin developing nations (or anywhere there's a breeze) -Pajamas

Economics, Finance, Globalization, and Capitalism 
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The Century of the Self, Adam Curtis, BBC Two, 2002. 
Explores an insightful but overly dramatized connection between Edward Bernays, founder of modern public relations, and the economics of our mass consumption society. Brilliant in parts and good background to understanding modern consumerism, but we need something a bit more even handed to complement it. - John Smart

Money as Debt - An insightful documentary (with a conspiracy theory twist) that explains where money comes from. It relates to future studies because the monetary system it describes (which we're in) is one that requires perpetual debt and exponentially increasing growth. A great exampleis at 24:24. However it states that the perpetual growth needed is impossible because it would require exponentially exploiting resources, definatly not a stable practice. However if resource use per dollar of GDP goes down over time, the system may be stable for a long time. 

I want to learn perfect english!
A youtube clip of a crowd in China practicing english. When the crowd begins chanting "I want to learn perfect english!" I don't know whether to be proud or terrified of them. A few other subtle phrases clue the watcher in to what values the Chinese are trying to instill in their people ("I don't want to let my countri down!") - Tom Andrys

Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, & Sustain. Infras. 
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Reds, Warren Beatty, 1981.
A fictional but very well-done introduction to the Cultural Revolution in China

Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education and Religion 
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Justice w/ Michael Sandel, Harvard University & WGBH 2009 (Twelve 60 min episodes)

Harvard's first online course. Put online Jan 2010. See for example, Week 12. Debating Sex Marriage. Great background for understanding our evolving marriage standard. Can you marry an infertile woman? Can people marry on their deathbed? Can two same sex couples marry? Polygamy? Can you marry yourself? Can you marry a sufficiently sentient machine? This last question wasn't asked, but you can be sure it will be asked in the future. For more on the long history and possible future of human-robot relationships, read the fascinating Love+Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, David Levy, 2008.

Gamer, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, 2009. 95 minutes.
A fascinating future-culture piece, by the frenetic and imaginative directors of the Crank series, set in a near-singularity world, where super-high-fidelity simulation games have become a major cultural obsession. The main suspension of disbelief involves nanotech entering a hard-takeoff scenario via human effort (super unlikely), and doing this while AI stays really weak (also super unlikely). Nevertheless, this create lots of possibilities and instabilities, as such a takeoff doesn't have to be friendly, hence this script. Here's the setup: One company, led by the tech genius Ken Castle (MIchael C. Hall), develops the nanotech (presumably they have a patent on it, giving them a 17 year monopoly. In reality, the military would have it as well however, so that should also have been shown briefly). Castle uses his nanotech skillz to develop a direct brain-to-brain interface between humans via "nanites" which enter their central nervous system. In secret experiments, he also uses nanites to entirely replace the brains of three people: two test subjects Kable (Gerard Butler) and another person, and himself. This makes all three of their brains effectively immortal, though their AI powers are still primitive (why so, we don't know). Castle, being still mostly a scheming human with a new immortal and smarter brain, makes Kable kill the other test subject, by shooting him in the head. Once he realizes he can have this kind of control, he launches two virtual reality games, Society and Slayer, to market the technology, and to secretly spread his world control ambitions globally. 

Presumably there have been some court cases in this future which settle people's rights to play both of these games, as each involves altering your own neural tissue with a few nanites (a medical procedure) so you can have this direct brain-to-brain communication. It is presumably totally reversible, which would make it particularly likely to be approved. Unfortunately, they don't tell us any of these details. If they had included them the cultural issue raised (should you have the right to alter your body with such an invasive medical procedure?) would have been very interesting. So let me ask you, should you have that right? If you are denied that right when others are doing it, either secretly or openly in other cultures, are you less free?

A few million people play Society, which is just a beautiful people being naughty game (seen also in Surrogates), and only a few thousand play the brutal Slayer, which involves the death of a significant number of the players in each match. Again, even Slayer would have been just this side of believable if we'd seen a minute or two on the court cases establishing your right to subject yourself to near-certain death in the future if you aren't insane or a minor and want to, and if most of the players had been free citizens, not prisoners. Then, once free citizens had been playing Slayer for a few years, a few bad-ass prisoners, funded by Castle, could have sue for their right to be gladiators as well, which then could have--just concievably--led to the scenario in the game, where Castle is paying billions to the U.S. prison system for the right to have a few voluntary prisoners playing the game alongside citizen gladiators. Again, all this assumes a society where the freedom to kill yourself has emerged, and where boredom with today's mock wrestling and ultimate fighting tripe has pushed a subculture to these extremes, and in the process created a highly marketable franchise. This movie thus draws from Rollerball, which has a similar premise, as well as Running ManBlade Runner, Enter the Dragon, and a whole lot of other films. Gamer has some additional plot problems, the biggest one being that the humanz hackers could never have done the things they were doing, if they were up against a weakly artificially intelligent Castle and all his henchmen. But if the hackers had, say, recovered from the morgue the corpse of the test subject that Kable killed, and plugged his partly damaged nanobrain into their hacker computers, the story would have been one weak AI against another, and much more believable. Kable himself is the third weak AI of course, but he has been kept cut off from the rest of the world's computer networks, unlike Castle, and so is the mouse in a cat-and-mouse game. Other than this, and the loose ends at the end (what happens to Castle's brain? What happens next?), the plot is tight, right up to the final minute, which is a clear homage to Blade Runner. It apparently went over the heads of most critics (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a cluelessly-low 27%)) but this is a seriously futuristic film (we will see much more of this kind of virtual fantasy in the future) with a superior script, once you assume the super unlikely human-initiated hard takeoff of nanotech, and the indefensibly weak AI. What is most amazing is that Neveldine and Taylor pulled all this off with only $12.5 milllion. It feels like a $50 million dollar film. I give it a 7 out of 10. [John Smart]

Stanford Prison Experiment, Philip Zimbardo.
Famous experiment describing how cultural roles, hierarchy, and peer pressure can produce great behavior change, and sometimes evil. How could good Germans have conducted the atrocities they did under Nazi Governance? What is the moral responsibility of culture itself for evil? How do we minimize culture's influence and maximize individual responsibility? How do we keep people from being sheeple

Futurama, Volumes 1-4, Matt Groening, 1999
Probably the best futures comedy series in the world, and one of the best animated cartoon series of all time. Many folks consider the five episodes of Futurama (more coming now that it is being revived) even smarter and funnier than The Simpsons.

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, Danny Schecter, 2004
Media deconstructionist Schecter gives his analysis on the "selling" of the Iraq war to the American and global populace by a highly centralized, highly managed corporate media, whose interests have become so fully in line with government policy that we have lost our independent and investigative journalistic ethic in these venues. Television news has been fully captured by show business, and no obvious countervailing trend is in sight, at present. - John Smart

Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk, PBS, 2005
Great coverage of the way higher educational standards have been weakening in the US. Predictable consequence of affluence?

We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel, Mr. Allsop's History Class, 2007, 4:44
Awesome video version of Billy Joel's famous song about the transience and craziness of life. Full of pop culture references from the 50's and 60's and a bit of the 70's. Live every day like it is your last, because individual death is inevitable but individual life is a daily gift!

Life on Life, Sterling Wright, 2007, 13:00
Great short video on the chaotic, fanciful, inspiring and exasperating world that is Second Life. An award-winning machinima short about one woman's one year travel through this fascinating, evolving community. 

Society - Humor
Study Finds Growing Gap Between America's Rich and Super-Rich, Onion News Network, 2:42
Panelists discuss a new study showing the gap between the wealthy and the absurdly wealthy is widening, and how we can help the merely rich catch up. Classic humor from The Onion! Lots of other good videos at this site. 

The Professor Brothers
Should get you all thinking deeply about our past, present and future. The human mind fully condensed into a one ounce pill. Start talking about the future, do it.

Organizations: Org. Leadership, MgmtInnovation, Entrep, Sustain & Development Videos - Sites, Lists, and Selections  

Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle
Videos - Sites, Lists, and Selections This is what they think the future of kitchens will be like I don't know about you guys but this would be awsome. Just push a button and your food appears and then the stove is cleaned off without you ever touching it. That would be so cool. A touch screen for every thing in the kitchen. That is a cool future. - Michael Stringfellow

Realistic Future Fiction (RFF)
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[In realistic future fiction (RFF) the substantial majority of the plot feels like it actually could happen in the future, under the right circumstances. Most fantasy and science fiction is entertaining, but not realistic foresight, except in minor parts.]  

By far the most obvious monumental sci-tech advance looming ahead of us is the arrival of greater than human intelligence, likely within this 21st century. Judith Berman, in "Science Fiction Without the Future," 2001, noted that writing about the coming AI is so difficult (emotionally and intellectually) that most sci-fi writers, and their readers in collusion, have simply abandoned reading or thinking about realistic science fiction, turning to comfortable fantasy instead (e.g., Star Trek and other such impossible but comforting 'space operas'). Nevertheless, there are a handful of efforts that attempt to realistically describe the likely coming emergence of AI, and the implications of an AI world on human beings, in at least a partially plausibile way. 
Here are a few RFF favorites:

Bicentennial Man

Appleseed. Trailer:
This anime presents a future world where a great war has tarnished most of the land. Common topic, I know. Its a good movie, in that world, the story takes place in a super futuristic city, that is supposed to be a "UTOPIA" The most realistic thing about this is that the government consists of "elders" who are under the main government figure GAIA, a computer program. Also the human existence with "bioroids" who are in essence advanced humans, not robots. It is worth watching, it, as do many animes, questions our abilities as humans to rule ourselves, and presents a cool environment, and many differing perspectives.(stephen271)

Battlestar Galactica
"The world ended with no warning, and all that was left … was hope." This isn't a video, but a series on the sci-fi channel. It deals with the surviving humans living in space, fighting against the Cylons (robots that they had created that soon grew to have a mind of their own - When Cylons are killed they merely resurrect in their ship in some form of pod) and in constant search of "the mythical, lost "13th colony" — Earth." -Katie Lindner-

Children of Men - Children of Men is worth taking a look at for a more rough, realistic view of our future. It feels completely real if you give in to one idea. This idea being that mankind would suddenly lose all fertility. Once you get past this idea and the religious overtones, Children of Men portrays this possible future with startling realism down to the acts of terrorism and political upheaval mankind would break down into if it was known the species had less than a century left before extinction.

Forbidden Planet (Ultimate Collector's Edition), 1956
One of the most inflential science fiction movies ever made. A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, about a culture wiped out by accelerating technological change. Will that happen to us? Inspired Star Trekand a whole host of successor science fiction movies.

Firefly/Serenity – Its a show and movie based off of the human race leaving planet earth and colonizing other planets. It has a lot of interesting ideas about space frontiers.

Equilibrium – Is a movie pretty much based off of the book Fahrenheit 451. It's not huge into technology but more into future censorship and idea of how to control emotions.

Fifth Element- If you haven't seen this then you need to. It's about a cosmic evil coming to destroy earth and the only person that can stop it is the prefect human. It has some cool ideas about future cites and process. 

Gattaca, 1998
Good dystopia about a world where genetic enhancement has led us back to a world of sharp class division (like the disappearing caste system in India), those who have the enhancements and those who don't. Access to the good jobs are only available to the enhanced. The five minute section on choosing one's genetic features for one's children feels very realistic. It already exists today and is called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), but is still very expensive and somewhat controversial.

Ghost In The Shell - This is a really sweet anime/manga/video game series to check out because of the amount of things in it that are realistic. From the idea of AI eventually developing human attributes on its own to the practice of taking and downloading one's mind into a completely fabricated body, there are many things in this anime that could prove to be truly futuristic. The series even includes a version of the internet that is accessed in a multitude of ways, including through the mind.

Gundam Wing trowgundam
Gundam Wing is perhaps my favorite TV Show of all time. The real reason for this is because I can really seeing something just like this or close to the basics of Gundam Wings plot. Basically, the human race starts to build colonies in space and these colonies feel like breaking free of the Earth so they rebel. At the same time an organization known as OZ takes over Earth's government and ruthlessly squashes the rebellion. With how history has folded out so far, this is a very plausible scenario in my eyes.

Harry Potter what more can i say its a bunch of kids with power and what make it more weird they are all british. So yeah kids that have a magic wond that can grant any wish they want as long as they learn the spell and everything they can use thier magic powers for good and evil. Why would give kids powers that are going to use it for evil makes no sense. Regardless i wish i had powers.-Darnell gILL

Handmaid's Tale, 1990
Dystopian story, very similar to Children of Men, that assumes rapid loss of human fertility, nuclear war, and a global fundamentalist backlash and political decay.

Ideocracy, 2006
The first 20 minutes of this film have a realistic future feel, as they chronicle the lack of childraising that happens in the wealthier and more educated in any society, and the consequences of letting your society get dumbed down as you get affluent and lazy. Looks like the future of America to some degree, unfortunately.

Leonardo DaVinci and His Fightin' Genius Time-Commandos: The Tick [Episode 17]
This particular episode of The Tick features a new villain The Mother of Invention, who in spite of the name, is most likely male. His nefarious plot is to use his time machine to erase the most innovative people in history so he could invent these things himself. His main gripe is that all the easy stuff has already been created and is particularly jealous of the man who invented the wheel. Not the best episode of The Tick, but still fairly awesome.

Matrix (The Series)
The matrix is so cool to watch but yeah way to well i dont know the weird for it yet. Just stuff like in the movies three people walking into a club and able to get to the top floor and kill like hundred people in a battle. Smith able to clone himself, a huge flying ship that can sent out a EMP but that will destroy alot of robots that can fly.-DARNELL GILL

Outlaw Star trowgundam
Outlaw Star is my second favorite anime, see my first entry. I believe Outlaw Star is another likely route that the human race can take. Basically the history is that the human race expanded from Earth and colonized many planets and met many new races. They entered an age of exploration much like what happened in the era when Columbus' expeditions took place. Just like back then their were pirates. The entire show is about an outlaw, an explorer, who has to fight pirates at every turn and contend with the nosy nature of the Space Forces, the government.

Serial Experiment Lain-
A great anime series about.... well I've asked six other people and they've come up with a different answer each time. The series is heavily focused on technology integrated into our lives, of course like most anime it is looked at through a mirror of schizophrenia.

- It is a movie about a new program in the U.S. Navy involving artificial intelligence and aircraft. The movie gives a look into a possible future of having an aircraft operate without human control.

Star Trek The Next Generation- (Someone had to mention it)
If you're into techno-babble as well as some pretty interesting futuristic ideas (teleportation, holograms, replicators) then this is a good series to watch. Although it is set far far into the future some of the stuff does have a decent chance of actually existing in the future and I would imagine the writers of this series did have quite a few futurists working with them coming up with new ideas.

Toyko Drift
Best movie to me one of them but way to much future in this movie. The cell they had though where you can watch a video from one spot and show someone else phone the same thing you are watching at that exact time and second. Thats bad ass but man what else can these thing do. Also the engines if you look closley their were made in japan which was like ultra made to do this high performance turning and super nos. THat movie had so much stuff build and Japan had it and kept it so again they stay above in technology-Darnell Gill

The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951
One of the most intelligent sci-fi movies of the 1950s. Aliens come to Earth and give earthlings an ultimatum. Helps one realize how warlike and primitive the human species still is. Features Gort the robot and the phrase: "Klaatu barada nicto," later immortalized in the Evil Dead series.

The Final Cut - This movie is about the recording of memories by brain implants. When a person dies, all his memories are taken to someone who edits thier history and presents a sort of highlight reel at thier funeral for thier family members to watch. The recording of memories was mentioned in class a few times, so I thought this movie pertinent to add.

The Thirteen Floor -- 
Explores the idea of artificial life and the complications that arise from it. Basic premise is that a program is made where there are artificial inhabitants that are fully self aware. The users are able to virtually inject themselves into the program and get a first hand view. [Brant Hestrup]

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