The Future, Anime Style|
The Matrix Reloaded has finally been released, and as I left the theater after watching the 2 hours of pure kickass, I overheard speculation from a large number of people about The Matrix and our own future. A future where machines replace humans as the controllers is nothing new. The Terminator movies covered this years ago, and it's also become a common occurance in anime.
There is a lot of anime which takes place in the future, and just about every series or movie with this setting is different in some way, whether it be a minor change, or a completely different scenario. Bubblegum Crisis shows us a world where robots run wild at times, and many humans find themselves fighting to keep the peace. Akira shows us a future where humans themselves don't live too differently than they do in the world of Megatokyo, but instead of machines out of control, genetic experiments are slowly leading to the downfall of the human race.
Fist of the North Star and The Legend of Mother Sarah both show the planet reduced to a wasteland, with humans conflicting for power, or even in some cases for survival. There is also a large amount of anime which deals with the colonization of space, such as Robotech. Giant humanoid machines are built, and inevitably are used as weapons against each other.
Which anime will our own future be comperable to? SciFi writers have been speculation on what will happen 20 years from now, for an untold number of years. While many predictions have yet to come to pass, many people argue that Orwell's 1984 is starting to become reality.
My own personal belief is that our future will come to resemble the setting of Bubblegum Crisis. Corporations such as the RIAA and MPAA have already started to shape our laws. I don't see AI becoming self-aware as illustrated in movies such as The Matrix or The Terminator, but I can easily see people losing a lot of control over some technology we create. With the coming of nanotechnology and embedded computers, I don't really see the world of MegaTokyo as being too far-fetched.
Thursday, May 15, 2003