future technology

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline
4
Rated by
Dylan R
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018

Functioning as both a seminal look into pop culture's past as well as a fun, technological romp, Ready Player One is a fantastic tale centered around Wade Watts, a teenager and dedicated gamer in the year 2044. Having almost no family, few friends, and seemingly even fewer avenues open to him to escape his downtrodden existence, Wade has had a difficult life, to say the least. However, what Wade does have is access to the OASIS; a cyber-reality which will change his life forever.

Cover for Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 (DVD)

Denis Villeneuve
5
Rated by
Zachary C
Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

REPLICANTS ARE BIOENGINEERED HUMANS. DESIGNED BY TYRELL CORPORATION FOR USE OFF-WORLD. THEIR ENHANCED STRENGTH MADE THEM IDEAL SLAVE LABOR

THEY ARE HUNTED DOWN AND 'RETIRED'

THOSE THAT HUNT THEM STILL GO BY THE NAME

BLADE RUNNER

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

As a director of Search at Microsoft, Stefan Weitz, in his book Search, focuses on the future of predictive search that cuts out the human action necessary to utilize current search options and applications. Now, one can search for services, but the user has to take action in order to obtain them. In the future, Weitz posits that the system will know the user well enough to cut out this middle step. Through the capable web, people will be able to “take action, not just find information” (pg. 8).

Deer running in forest

Forest of Memory

Mary Robinette Kowal
4
Rated by
Jackie S.
Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Have you ever questioned the reliability of your own memory? Do you wish you had a record of everything you encountered so you could refer to it later? What if having this capability meant that other people had access to information about you without your consent?

Blue background, back of someone's bald head, words in white go across bottom half of page

Feed

M.T. Anderson
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

Feed reminded me of the people in WALL-E who spent their lives sitting on mobile chairs, having all their needs taken care of. Of course, the people in Feed do walk around, and they’re on earth (mostly) not on a spaceship. Still, the inability, or at least the disinclination, to think for oneself, is the same.

Extant, The First Season

Steven Spielberg
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

It’s been a month since I watched the first season of Extant, but it’s still with me. It’s that quiet place I go to when I’m zoning out. The set design offers a vision of a gentler, more organic future, where technology is less obtrusively integrated into our daily lives than perhaps it is now. It’s the silent actor that sets a tone of calm, but there are tensions, to be sure. The introduction of a life-like android prototype into the functions of everyday life invites antagonism from many fronts, including a militant anti-technology group.

The Word Exchange

Alena Graedon
3
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

What more could you ask for in a book about people who love words and communication and the preservation of that communication? When I started reading The Word Exchange I had no access to a dictionary and definitely needed one. I almost gave up right away but decided to pick my adult children's brains and see if I could continue. Nope, they didn't know those words either, so I continued to read. I was fascinated by how the book drew me in and made me want to learn the meaning behind the words, but I definitely felt lost a time or two.