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.
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?
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.