Our tendency to view machines as people and become attached to them points to real risks of psychological entanglement with AI technology.
Writers seem to be especially vulnerable in polarized times, when the nuances of works are more likely to be overlooked.
Margaret Atwood’s new fireproof copy of The Handmaid’s Tale protests book banning – and burning. The Venn diagram of those who burn books and those who read them is typically two separate circles.
Putin often uses words to mean exactly the opposite of what they normally do – a practice diagnosed by political author George Orwell as ‘doublespeak,’ or the language of totalitarians.
To be meta about Meta would involve reflecting upon the fact that Facebook is a company that designs technology around people.
Myths of Canada’s moral superiority in contrast to the United States can be a barrier to acknowledging and addressing racism in Canada.
Two TV show have hit our screens coincidentally during the pandemic: dystopian thriller Y: The Last Man and black comedy Creamerie — both theorising a world entirely without men.
Dead cities are enduring images in post-apocalyptic literature and cinema.
With the third national lockdown under way, how can E.M. Forster’s neglected masterpiece help us survive the next few months?
Mexican philosophers have a word for the peculiar anxiety you may be feeling: ‘zozobra,’ a dizziness that arises from social disintegration.
The eerie San Francisco skyline evoked sci-fi movies for a reason. Filmmakers are increasingly using color grading to tinge their films with two hues, orange and teal, to unsettle viewers.
From VR music festivals to immersive meeting spaces, headsets are go.
In the current health crisis, authorities use our need for security and private firms our desire for entertainment to encourage us to give up our civil rights.
Even in a world where 99% of the male population is dead, patriarchy is still a very comfortable pair of shoes and very easy to slip into.
‘Dystopia’ is a term that’s gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not a synonym for ‘a bad time,’ and a government’s poor handling of a crisis does not constitute dystopia.
The bestselling novel turned film exposes paradoxes of fixing a broken system with its own tools. As we collectively meditate on the world’s problems, why not imagine better worlds?
In the television show ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Charles Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ makes a cameo — and its appearance makes a comment on how Gilead functions.
‘California is America fast-forward,’ writes one scholar. Does that mean that the dystopian infernos that have consumed parts of the state are simply a picture of what awaits the rest of America?
Can we stop our current political free-fall? Perhaps this dystopian short offers a way out.
Our responsibility to consider how the future might look for generations to come requires imagination.