Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Science

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Finding a way to control the uncontrollable or uncovering the unknown through science makes a terrific movie plot. The ideas draws the audience in being so far fetched and ethically disturbing. But does fiction stop nonfiction scientific minds? Nope. Here are few movies to prove that in part 2 of Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future . Contact (1997) (photo: Jodi Foster in Contact) Set in real time, Ellie Arroway (aka Jodie Foster) listens for radio emissions from space hoping to find evidence of alien life. Spoiler alert: she hears one. A repeating signal sent from Vega 26 light years away. Containing a hidden message leads Arroway to travel through space to meet the aliens… or does she? In reality, radio emissions or fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space is actually a thing. The first recorded FRB appeared in in...
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Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Technology

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Albert Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Without imagination, technology, space, medicine, genetics, etc wouldn't advance because we couldn't imagine the possibilities. What good would knowledge be if our imagination didn't allow us to explore it? We share our imagination through stories, art, music, and movies. Attending Comicon and watching the Academy Awards this past weekend made me realize how powerful Mr. Einstein's words are. Multiple movies have inspired and "predicted" the advancement in technology and science dating back to Metropolis in 1927. Which others have gotten it right? Find out in our Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future two-part series where we look at technology and science that has turned into reality. Blade Runner (1982) The first Blade Runner , set...
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Gazing into Black Mirror

Gazing into Black Mirror
Do you ever feel something unsettling about our technological advances or our growing dependence on technology? Do you like TV shows where every episode is roller coaster of eerie and mend bending situations? Then you will love Black Mirror . Every episode of Black Mirror stars an entirely different cast in a different setting. You could essentially put all three seasons on shuffle and not skip a beat. Besides technology, the only common themes shared in episodes are the feelings they invoke in viewers. Each episode is as beautifully horrific as the last, like a train wreck you can’t tear your eyes away from. The first episode of season 3 couldn’t be more relevant in this day and age. In this world, everything is controlled by your social media rating. If you get a lot of 5 star ratings then...
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Inside HBO's Westworld

Inside HBO's Westworld
In a time where virtual reality has truly become our reality, HBO takes it a few steps further with a reboot of the 1973 classic, Westworld . When you enter the new Westworld as a newcomer, anything is possible. You may gamble, visit a brothel, hunt outlaws, rob a bank, kill and do anything else your heart desires. And best of all, you can’t be harmed. You are God. For the androids or “hosts” who inhabit Westworld, it is an entirely different story. You are merely a brush stroke upon a canvas, a sentence in a book that can be enjoyed or destroyed depending entirely on the actions of the newcomers. You might be pampered one day then beaten the next or even worse, murdered. You are simply there to satisfy the customers in any way possible. But no matter...
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Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture
Imagined Futures celebrates the final frontier. Space has captivated hearts and minds since the beginning of time. It presents endless conquests and opportunities of discovery. If what lies beyond the clouds has ever interested you, then you’ll love Imagined Futures . This exhibit can be broken down into five sections; historic material, science fiction, fine art, artifacts and the Voyager One project. The exhibit’s curator, Ben Heywood, provided me with a detailed tour through each part. Ben hopes that although these five sections are different, they can all fuse together to give attendees an inside look into space and also invite them to conceive the inconceivable. We begin with Wernher von Braun. He was a leader in the German rocket science program. After World War 2, he was relocated to the United States where he developed the rockets that launched...
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