Minority Report Stills

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In order to realize their futuristic vision of the year 2054, Spielberg and Co. called up experts in every field:  architecture, computers, law enforcement, education, engineering, etc.  At the time some of these futuristic features seemed very far off indeed, but according to recent stories from All Things Considered, that future may already be here.  You might also check out a provocative piece from the weekly podcast On the Media on the idea of augmented reality that is decades ahead of initial predictions.

Which, if any, of these features holds the most promise for our future?  Which, if any, is most terrifying to you in terms of personal interaction or governmental exploitation? How do recent revelations about the NSA (The National Security Agency) and the movie Minority Report?  How comfortable are you with the idea of the government monitoring our personal lives in order to maintain "order"?  Where would you draw the line?

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