In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
The new Netflix sci-fi series, with a gumshoe cyborg as its chief protagonist, mines a host of contemporary anxieties and aesthetic influences.
The use of big data at work could promote well-being – but only in very specific conditions.
Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.
Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn't have imagined.
An experiment in getting people to care about climate change uses slick videos, charismatic scientists and calls to action.
The latest screen adaptation of Atwood's celebrated 1980s novel has new relevance for women in the Trump era.
With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
Near-future science fiction is on the rise, but is it foreshadowing the rise of the machines?
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
The best selling book on Amazon is '1984' – which was originally published in 1949. A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel helps us think about our present moment.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
New HBO series reimagines a group of life-like robots programmed with hope but marred in violence. They might be more human than we think.
A sufficiently talented brainjacker could one day influence the behaviour of a person in worrying ways.
The dystopian futures and nightmarish societies that inspire hope but can't insist on change.
By featuring girls who buck the conventions of their world – and ours – films like Insurgent inspire fans to enact real change.