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The Past Impact on the Expected Future

Society or people always bring up the question “what if” in practical situations. Especially in society today when hindsight plays such a large role in the world. The Science Fiction genre gives society an outlet to see how some large issues affecting society and the world today could unfold in the future. Isaac Amisov wrote about how robots or robotic like being could exist in the future. For example what if robots could replace people in the real world. Jonathan Mostow addressed this in his film Surrogate, where people live their lives through an idealized android version of themselves, an android that is customizable and completely replaces all human interaction in society. While robots becoming common existence in the world are one topic ablaze through conversation in the world, there are numerous more topics just as popular. Many others will be touched upon in this paper because science fiction is a channel in which people can speculate about the future and how people will impact it. Science fiction is a form of time travel where the mind and imagination can travel into the future and catch a glimpse of what life might me be in the near or far future. While the far future speculations are often romanticized with amazing technology and alien life, the near future is often peppered with a crumbling dystopian society. A future in which the world suffered through a cataclysmic event and society is held together by barely a thread. Judge Dred is one such example of a world that was mostly destroyed by nuclear fallout with only walled in megacities still stand. Inside the cities, crime is rampant and the only thing that stands between order and chaos are the Judges, a peacekeeping force that gives law enforcement officers the ability of judge, jury and executioner. Now nuclear fallout is a huge threat in the world today with so many countries possessing nuclear ballistic missiles, this it is not crazy to imagine the missiles launch and destroy most of the world’s population. Also the invasion procedures of law enforcement which is protested today in large cities and how much more brutal the law will become in the future if crime increases with technological advances. The Judges in the movie are police officers that have the authority to kill on site if the crime is severe enough which takes the right to have a fair and speedy trial completely off the table for criminals. The fiction of Judge Dred combines and jumps the increasing power of law enforcement, nuclear fallout, and crime into the future with the result being a crumbling society where crime cannot be stopped but only interrupted is a terrifying view of what the future could become. Another view of the not so far away future comes from the mind of Shinji Mikami, who created the Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil deals with many issues the world is currently facing. Large unethical corporations being too large to be regulated, viral outbreaks, bio-warfare and technology causing the apocalypse are issues being pondered even today that science fiction addresses. Basically the largest multi-national company in the world, the Umbrella Corporation, creates a virus that reanimates and mutates dead cells to be used as a weapon in war effectively creating an unstoppable and self-sustaining army. The virus gets distributed into populations and decimates the surrounding area filling it with zombie mutants. This all transpires within the next twenty years according to the fictitious timeline created by Mikami. Even though there is a ban on all bio-warfare development, Umbrella Corporation, which like its name controls most of the private business sector of the world has the power to do whatever it wants regardless of what any government mandates. This a real threat of current society with companies such as AIG and Lehman Brothers that if they fail would tank the economy. The expansion of power and influence of these companies feed the causality of this future being plausible; also that technology will evolve to the point where it will cause the destruction of the human population. Shifting from the nihilism of the world ending in the near future, to the possibility for human expansion across the stars in the far future, Halo. Halo is one of the most loved and successful science fiction series with a huge occult following. The chronicles of Halo have been used in video games, books, and even movies. The setting of the games is the 25th century when the human population populates the surrounding cosmos made possible interstellar travel. The series plays on the progress of technology and mankind’s’ contact of alien life forms. The series combines the romanticism of human exploration of the stars and the nature of humans to be involved in a never-ending series of conflict. Humans at the time are able to enhance the human body through the SPARTAN program essentially building a super soldier, which is necessary to fight the Covenant, a alliance of alien beings and eventually the Flood, an ancient life form that acts as an interstellar virus feeding on and destroying sentient life forms. The series addresses the possibility of alien life, advanced space-faring technology, and the nature of beings to be drawn to conflict. The future is a place that cannot be determined by any measurable means, only through the speculation of the mind is it possible to deem the any nature that the future might hold. Science Fiction is a genre developed from that spark of imagination, wondering what the future holds. Science Fiction speculates the future could hold a bleak and short or be a time where humanity flourishes. The possibility exists for anything to happen in the future, mankind has no way of knowing. Which is why science fiction is such a sought after genre. Science Fiction creates a world where the future can contain anything and everything.

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