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The Future of Work and Death (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 September 2016 (UK)
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Leading thinkers explore how technology is going to shape the future of humanity.

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Sean Blacknell (co-director), Wayne Walsh (co-director)

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Sean Blacknell (co-writer), Wayne Walsh (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Stuart Armstrong Stuart Armstrong ... Himself
Peter Cochrane Peter Cochrane ... Himself
Joanna Cook Joanna Cook ... Herself
Aubrey de Grey Aubrey de Grey ... Himself
Martin Ford Martin Ford ... Himself
Steve Fuller Steve Fuller ... Himself
John Harris John Harris ... Himself
Zoltan Istvan Zoltan Istvan ... Himself
Nicholas Kamara Nicholas Kamara ... Himself
David Pearce David Pearce ... Himself
Ian Pearson Ian Pearson ... Himself
Gray Scott ... Himself
Will Self Will Self ... Himself
Murray Shanahan Murray Shanahan ... Himself
Dudley Sutton ... Narrator (voice)
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The Future of Work and Death is a documentary concerning the growth of exponential technology and where it is taking us. The film focuses on how future technology could significantly change the two inevitable features of the human experience; punching the clock and fading away. It explores how advanced automation, AI and technological singularity could be achievable in the next 30 years. How job obsolescence and technological unemployment could consequently occur and how digital immortality may not be a thing of science fiction. But what are the socio-political repercussions of these innovations and are we ready for them? Does working less mean living more and is ending ageing incumbent on us? Worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy share their thoughts on these future advancements. Written by Gadfly Productions UK

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25 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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Futurists who can't see past the tip of their noses
13 May 2019 | by yavoyavoSee all my reviews

The usual pie in the sky fantasizing about a future based on their convenient narrative leaving out variables aplenty. Notably missing is any concern over the consequences of a dysgenic environment where a vast underclass are paid to breed once made obsolete by automation. They speak of repetitive jobs being replaced by higher skill jobs, but they don't contemplate the problem of what to do with people who can't meet that mark, not everyone can "learn to code" as they say. Every state with a generous welfare state is currently in negative dysgenic fertility, and it will only become worse in their imagined future.

It isn't simply about the poor, as the system is set up to sterilize the female population based on educational "merit", the further along in her studies, the fewer children she will have. Add to this the accumulation of spiteful mutations due to increased infant survival rates thanks to modern medicine and you have a population filled with not just ever more dysfunction, but disruptive dysfunction.

And don't tell me about the flynn effect, its the least general intelligence(G) related potion of IQ tests and has been used by dishonest academics to hide the ugly fact of dropping IQ around the world.

So documentaries like this are a bit like someone worrying about their leaking plumbing when their house is on fire. Mouse utopia is becoming a reality while the population becomes ever more fractured and incapable, the future will not function as they imagine it will, and they are not as thoughtful a class of people as they wish to portray themselves. Their colleagues who even broach such questions face being ostracized and driven out of academia as its no longer about intellectual exploration, its about falling in line, and such people will not likely have an accurate view of the future.


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