Prediction or Reality?


It wasn’t until the global rollout of internet services in the 1990s and 00s that society began to question how it would be impacted by this new form of technology. One of the many platforms that decided to answer this question was film.

During the pre-internet years, Hollywood had already provided several depictions of a cyber-inspired future throughout the 1960s and 1970s. With increased uncertainty around emerging technologies, studios used these fears as inspiration for their films. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), for example,depicted technology having evolved to the point of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), through HAL-9000, who ultimately rebels against them. Similarly, Michael Crichton’s Westworld (1973) depicted AI further into the uncanny valley, as almost human. These androids too, rebel against their creators.

2001halshutdown.jpg The interior of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Throughout the 1980s, as society slowly began to realise the…

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