I was talking to a co-worker of mine a few days ago about fears in society. He believes that there was a time when society was fearful of legitimate things (plague, famine, etc..) but with our technological advances those threats have been eliminated so now society magnifies things like the common cold to maintain the same level of fear. Taking into account what I see in what passes for news these days, I can see his point, but I disagree.
It was my contention that while our technological advances have virtually eliminated the threats of old, those same advances have brought brand new fears that haven't had the time to sink into the collective human consciousness just yet. For example, with computer power increasing at its current rate, there is the fear of being left behind:
Another fear brought on by technology is the loss of a quality we still struggle to define with any level of specificity: our humanity. By our very nature, our species changes and grows. Change is a natural state of our being. But that change is not really in our control, but our technology is. So the fear is what happens if we use our technology to control our evolution?
And yet another fear brought on by our technological advances is loss of our freedom. We have developed and utilize our technology to facilitate and streamline our society. It has gotten to the point where we rely heavily on our technology for basic needs like food & water. What happens when that technology leaves us for one reason or another?
These are just SOME of the fears that have been birthed in the Information Age. And there are a host of others. The film that all these trailers are advertising, Transcendence, seems to take a deeper look into the fears instead of just playing them up for the sake of your typical sci-fi horror flick. Which is why I really want to watch the film! Here's the full official trailer for the film!
What do you think, my dear readers? You interested? Sound off in the comments below!