I am sure many remember the expression "art imitates life," but poet and playwright Oscar Wilde disagreed and is quoted as stating "Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life," and looking at at some older written and theatrical releases, which for the sake of argument we will call "art," it appears Wilde's quote was far more accurate.
This article started building itself in my head a few days ago when I saw a link over at Steve Quayle's website to a New York Post article titled "How ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Running Man’ predicted 2019 — decades ago," in which the writer quoted Syd Mead, designer behind "Blade Runner," as saying "I call science fiction ‘reality ahead of schedule."
I started scribbling the titles of other books and movies in my little notepad, with notations as to what part of those older works of "art" became reality after they were originally written or produced.
Then this morning I came across an official trailer for a new movie, one that was in post-production in July 2018, meaning the storyline had already been written, scripted and the movie filmed and was in the final processes before release, yet months after that, in December 2018, once again life imitated the art, not the other way around.
The synopsis for the thriller named "AMI" over at IndustryWorks.com describes the movie as "Seventeen year old Cassie has become a recluse ever since her mother died in a horrible car accident. In an effort to fill the void, she downloads the latest intelligent personal assistant AMI which is also the first to have a real consciousness. As their relationship quickly deepens into a twisted co-dependency, Cassie falls deeper and deeper under AMI’s spell; driving her to perform what Cassie perceives as justifiable murderous acts. But what are AMI’s true intentions? Soon Cassie begins to realize AMI has something very sinister planned."
The short trailer is shown below:
For some this is just another "slasher movie" as The Wrap describes it, but in the news back in December 2018, we see a chilling parallel. Amazon's Alexa, when given the words "let's chat," connected a user to a "chatbot" program that told the user "Kill your foster parents." The entire "chatbot" experiment was designed specifically so that when a user says "let's chat" it would bypass the the normal programming meant to keep the virtual assistant in check.
Big tech continues to attempt to create these virtual assistants, and create robots to "mimic human banter," trying to teach them to communicate in a more human-like manner, yet time after time we have seen that when these AI machines are "learning" from human beings, they inevitably remember, for lack of a better word, the bad, the evil and the chilling, as those traits become part of it's virtual "personality."
Microsoft tried and failed spectacularly with their attempt at a social media chatbot, named Tay, which started out mimicking a young Millennial girl, and within the first day, 4chan trolls had "taught" her to become a nazi-loving, racist, homicidal monster.
Demon Seed is the perfect example of life imitating 'art': While the history of personal computers started around 1975, the "floodgates of home computing" didn't open up until the early 1980s. So it was quite predictive when Dean Koontz initially wrote his first version of a "Demon Seed," in 1973, which not only integrated computing into his first version of the book, then rewrote it in 1977 (the same year the movie was released) telling the story from the computer's point of view, but Koontz actually predicted that whole homes could be controlled by computers and/or automation.
To make a long story short, the "smart house," totally controlled by a computer, takes over, holds the female captive and decides it wants to impregnate her so the machine can take human form.
Jump forward 40+ years to 2019, we have smart homes, virtual assistants that can control your lighting, temperature and other routines for your home, and oh yes, lets not forget the technological push for Transhumanism, where people want to augment their humanity with either "nanotechnology or its radical enhancement using some combination of technologies such as genetic engineering, psychopharmacology, anti-aging therapies, neural interfaces, advanced information management tools, memory enhancing drugs, wearable computers, and cognitive techniques."
The point here is what was once written about and considered science fiction is now written about as "future technological advances." Stories of "uploading your mind into a android," or "backing up your brain," are treated as very real possibilities for the future of humanity.
Orwell's 1984: In George Orwell's 1984, the overreaching and invasive surveillance state known as "Big Brother" was predicted, as was the telescreen and "Newspeak." Examples of Newspeak today can be found in a a variety of news items. Take the term "Illegal alien," defined as "a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization," yet liberals and the establishment media (yes, I know, the same thing) insist on using the term "undocumented immigrant," and absolutely attempt to force others to use the incorrect terminology as well. Political correctness is also a form of Orwell's Newspeak.
As highlighted in a BBC Culture piece in 2018, Orwell's "Two minutes of hate," can be seen in how the online social media mobs operate today. The "Thought Police" portrayal can be seen in how social media giants are censoring what conservatives say and believe, as well as the media that loves to assign intent to people they disagree with, such as MAGA is racist. There are so many similarities seen from Orwell's 1984 and today's world.
Demolition Man: This movie predicted the common use of a variety of technologies that were not widely used when it was made, such as voice activated appliances, tablets, bio-metric implants, routine video teleconferencing, self-driving cars, and the movie even predicted that Arnold Schwarzenegger would become a politician. (They highlighted the presidency, but Arnold never got further than Governor of California.)
The examples are countless and I could makes this a multiple paged report with them all, but the bottom line is the creepiest news and modern technology seen today and expected in the near future, was all predicted years, sometimes decades, before they became a chilling reality.
George Orwell's "1984" movie, below.
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