The paranoia

 

 

This is a video that explores the fear and existential nihilism that surrounds the future. This is especially relevant to technology and how much paranoia surrounds the power of that future tech.

The script was developed from my “Futuristic Rabbit Monologue”. I wrote the script for this after I had finished researching the centre for existential risk as I wanted to express the way how that research made me feel. As I think there is so much worrying that goes on about something that hasn’t even happen yet. About something that might not even happen at all in the first place. I think that’s a bit reduces and excessive. And only ends up making you feel bad, sad and mad. Which is not something that I want my life to be about. Which links to my research into Philip K Dick.

I decided to use a variety of different footage from the past few months and edit it together. I am really using it as a way to practice editing videos and developing my style as a filmmaker.

This video links to the Rise Up project as I used a lot of the same footage in that piece as I did in this. But that’s mainly because the footage from the Rise up project got taken from this video, I just ended up uploading them out of order.

Transcript:

You’re so in love with progress but you’re fearful of the future. Silly humans, you are the funniest dark comedy I have ever seen.

When your solar panels start worshipping the sun

Wind turbines march across your horizons

Fish swimming through plastic oceans

 

Do you care?

Will you care when nanorobots trickle into you blood?

A designer baby’s heart starts to thud

An amazon delivery, wrapped in bubble wrap, scrubbed clean from the mud

Genetically modified to be bright and new

Will you care when your car drives itself home tonight?

Your world is progressing and you can’t ignore it.

I think that’s why you are so fearful of the future.

But you are silly even in doing that

Because it won’t be a zombie apocalypse that kills you

Or a constant total eclipse

The world won’t stand still

You won’t drown in an infinite landfill

It won’t be fire in the streets and blood raining from the sky

You’ll probably just die

In a future that looks pretty similar to our present

But with a few technical changes

The end of days will just be a computer virus written by some guy

Either way your memories will still be backed up to the cloud

A missile will still search through the crowd

Is human cloning legal now?

Facebook will still be monitoring your mood

The rich will out live the poor

Weaponized robots will watch your door as you sleep

AI blankets will hand you tissues as you weep

Designer drugs will be more efficiently ruining lives

What will happen when there are no more bees in their hives?

Bionic replacements of our former selves

Ghosts of humans found on factory shelves

Paradise is after all just a world without human beings

Medicated to not be difficult and be totally removed from their feelings

But what do I know

What was I saying earlier?

Oh yes

It always surprises you how much the world changes when you’re not looking. Like your very important local skyline, progressing and regressing. You forget quite quickly what was before. Was it a Waitrose or a Tescos before it became a Primark? The change is subtle but crucial, it’s the most important evolution you will ever witness. This progress is what drives you onwards and upwards to dizzying new heights. 

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