Back to the Future predicted we’d have flying cars by 2015. Now, 4 years later than the promised date, we’ve only seen hints at such a technology. I’ve never been a fan of the flying car. It seems completely ridiculous to me. Especially since drivers in normal cars can barely get their act together. The last thing we need is to have some lady eating a cheeseburger with her mutt on her lap, criss-crossing across the sky in a flying tank. Talk about road-rage (technically it’d be sky-rage right?).
Yes, I know I’m pessimistic about it. I blame Neil deGrasse Tyson. I listened to a podcast with him some time ago (if you’re interested in the video clip, here you go). In that podcast he had described how the search for flying cars has already been solved: they’re called helicopters. He goes on to describe how 3-dimensional travel has already been achieved as well: they’re called bridges and tunnels. Let’s insert Elon Musk’s tunnel plan below.
So, assuming tunnels become the newest way to travel (which quite honestly is a brilliant idea), are we still going to pursue flying cars – I mean, helicopters – for the average person? I stumbled across this hilarious video last night. And yes, I know, there should be better technology than an old tin can with blades on top in a few years. But if you don’t find this terrifying, you should reevaluate some stuff. Let’s hope videos like this make the public reassess the fascination that was instilled in us from the movie adventures of Marty McFly.
One of my good friends is a big film obsessor. We actually took a film class together last year, and I learned a lot from him. His favorite genre by far, is sci-fi. And that being one of my least favorite genres, I’ve looked to him for several recommendations recently. Whenever I don’t like something, I force myself to be very analytical as to why. I’ve found that one of the main reasons why sci-fi isn’t a go-to genre for me, is because they tend to be pretty cynical in their interpretations of the future.
I would consider myself a fairly optimistic individual. Countless personality tests and close friends/family members have confirmed this over and over again. I wouldn’t say I’m someone who can’t handle the truth, or ideas that are crude and gloomy. So I found it odd that sci-fi movies/TV series disappointed me in their depressing manners. Being aware of this, watching recommendations from my friend became more enjoyable. I recently watched Looper, by Rian Johnson, and absolutely loved it. I won’t ruin it for anyone, so don’t worry about spoilers here — but man, did it have a lot of great theme exploration.
As of late, science fiction seems to be capturing much more of an audience than before. Technology is progressing at a steady rate, and I think the fascination of what the world could look like in the near future, is intriguing (and scaring) most people. Take the series on Netflix, Black Mirror, that has been a cult favorite since it aired a couple of years ago. Developing insane — yet eerily capable — scenarios is the main focus. As a designer, we often look to crazy concept art like these episodes to inspire us for production day designs.
As a consumer, I’m nervous about what all of these movies and series showcase in their film. But as a person, I’ve come to realize I have to take it with a grain of salt. Without getting into a whole discussion on ethics and morality, I have great trust in the good nature of people, and look forward to what’s to come…near and/or far.