00: Fantastical Futures

Fantastical Futures

Blade Runner, 1982

What does the future look like? Sapient machines, transhumanism, environmental cataclysm… In our pilot episode, we explore our favorite future worlds in fiction.

Jeppe’s Categories:

  • Androids and cybernetics
  • Cyberpunk and virtual worlds
  • Dystopias
  • Biopunk
  • Interstellar futures

MJ’s Categories:

  • Artificial Intelligence & Personhood
  • Social Futures
  • Technology and the Human Mind
  • Technological Mastery and its Consequences
  • The Future of Information

In this show, we mention…

Time of Eve, a beautiful anime about androids and artificial intelligence by Studio Rinkan.



Her, a 2013 Spike Jonze film about our relationship with technology, artificial intelligence, and the meaning of love.



Ghost in the Shell, a cerebral sci-fi anime adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic manga.



The Ship of Theseus, a popular thought experiment about the slippery nature of identity over time.

Brain in a Vatanother popular thought experiment illustrating the mind-body problem and the nature of perception and knowledge.


Blade Runner, a 1982 dystopian science fiction film by Ridley Scott.


Paprika, a gorgeous, strange, and thought-provoking anime film about the human mind, dreams, the purpose of technology, and identity. Directed by Satoshi Kon, 2006.



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a 2004 Michel Gondry science fiction romance about memory and identity.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2
Halting State, a 2007 near-future science fiction novel by Charles Stross set in the world of online multiplayer games.

Snow Crash, a groundbreaking 1992 cyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson.


Coppelion, an anime series about genetically modified teenagers tasked with rescuing stragglers left behind in the ruins of Tokyo, where only humans with a special genetic makeup can withstand the unpredictable patches of extreme pollution.


Children of Men, a 2006 dystopian science fiction film by Alfonso Cuarón.



Never Let Me Go, a 2005 dystopian science fiction novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, set in an English boarding school in the countryside.


Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, a mecha anime from 2013.



The Windup Girl, a 2009 biopunk novel by Paolo Bacigalupi set in 23rd century Thailand.

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Monocle cities.


Library War, a 2008 military school anime set in a future where the written word is heavily censored, and an organization of armed librarians fight to protect the rights of authors and libraries.

The Culture series, a series of science fiction novels by Iain M. Banks dealing with a far-future utopian society governed by artificial intelligences.


Intro music by Halloween.


Interlude by sweetbun_.


Ticky Tacky:  Bureaucracy, hipsters, and the meaning of life in the films The Lego Movie and Brazil.

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