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    Default The inadvertent future

    The future without the futurism


    Auto-tune, drill-as-bladerunner, google glasses, Alexa, after effects in film editing
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    Inspired by thirdís thing yesterday:

    Throughout the end of the 20th century the future was dehumanising us. Now weíre humanising the future.



    Jungle and the Atlanta rap trio who shanít be named are as far as weíve got with the respective futures they represent. The latter of which is full of human signifiers; jokes, family ties, etc.
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    This also has to do with the infantilisation of the future. The rounded off shake and rubbery texture of iPhone app icons. The apple logo itself. Quavo looking like a baby. No drill artist being taller that 5 ft 8.

    The future of old was arguably concentrated adultnes- cold, rational, monochrome, etc.
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    I suppose the 'dehumanised' vision of the future we think of from Blade Runner et al is the result of those being dystopian thrillers. In practice, of course, harsh, ugly aesthetics aren't sellable.

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    " in its turn the future is ceasing to exist, devoured by the all voracious present. We have annexed the future into our own present, as merely one of those manifold alternatives open to us. Options multiply around us, we live in an almost infantile world where any demand, any possibility, whether for lifestyles, travel, sexual roles and identities, can be satisfied instantly."

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    Corpse, you do realise you look just like that robot donít you?
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    I suppose the 'dehumanised' vision of the future we think of from Blade Runner et al is the result of those being dystopian thrillers. In practice, of course, harsh, ugly aesthetics aren't sellable.

    We want huggable robots

    A lot of the failed visions of the future required us to transcend our humanity. The third reich required a master race, communism required us to incentivised by the egalitarian good, dabiq and Jonestown and all that required godly intervention.

    The successful futures have embraced and channeled more human instincts. Mutually assured destruction utilises our capacity for immense destruction and our desire for self-preservation. Capitalism acknowledges we like xboxes and Vimto.

    The dystopia weíre often presented is about our unease with that. Terminator, the matrix, the hulk are all about nukes gone wrong.

    Thereís all sorts of stuff about technological innovation going too far.

    Alien and the fantastic 4 are about us reaching too far.
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    Pattycakes/incredible string band/pharaoh sanders unease with this is expressed by retreating back into the world of the noble savage. Its anti-future.
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    We have a mass cultural trepidation about the future (hence the rise of reactionaries like corbyn, trump, garage, etc.) which is only beginning to be accommodated by way of the infantile, human, inadvertent future.
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    As silly and muddleheaded as the Marvel Universe is, it's probably the most popular manifestation of our current Ambivalence towards technology. As you say, a theme at least as old as "Frankenstein", and probably much older. (Prometheus e.g.)

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    As silly and muddleheaded as the Marvel Universe is, it's probably the most popular manifestation of our current Ambivalence towards technology. As you say, a theme at least as old as "Frankenstein", and probably much older. (Prometheus e.g.)
    Maybe superheroes are the first manifestation of inadvertent, humanised future.

    They live in cities like our own, they have normal jobs and relationships.

    It would at least explain their dominant place in the current zeitgeist.
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    The future acted as a secular salvation for much of the 20th century. But salvation is about transcendence and the only tenable futures on offer inherently cater to and are defined by our inability to transcend.
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    The sexualisation of the future- porn always at the vanguard of innovation.

    Violence not far behind (action films being cutting edge, the social media violence of drill)
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    How is the future presented to you lit in the 90ís different from the one presented to me in the 2010ís?

    Underground vs mainstream

    Anti-human vs human

    Etc.

    What informed these differences?

    How will these differences impact their respective audiences.
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    The future used to be physical and fabgeable- jet packs, dance music

    Now itís cognitive- internet, rap
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