Coursera Course / E-Learning and Digital Cultures : “There are many utopian and dystopian stories about technology told in popular films from Metropolis to the Matrix. Can you think of an example and share it ? “
Undoubtedly, we have watched many utopian and dystopian stories about technology told in popular films from “Metropolis” to “the Matrix”. The two of them I would like to write about are “Surrogates” and “Island”.
“Surrogates” is set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation in their own homes , carry out their daily tasks outside home and at work by interacting through surrogate robots. At the beginning , this may sound as a utopian story where while robots do anything for them, humans rest and take their time to do whatever they like in their homes being in full control of their surrogates. However, it actually depicts a dystopian story where humans start to lose their human qualities by depending too much on robots.
“Island” is based on a dystopian story in which men and women are actually treated as “harvestable beings”, and are kept as a source of replacement parts in a Utopian facility.
In both of these films, what overcomes the technology dominance is human feelings and human features.
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