A deadly virus on the loose and a global lockdown, scenarios only seen in Sci-Fi movies, quickly became a reality to most of humanity. Naturally, several industries took a major blow, as life was on pause indefinitely.
Luckily, technology doesn’t stop for anyone. The tech industry continued to develop, even after outbreaks overwhelmed countries. The rate in which technological advancements took place may be described by some as alarming, but with that, came new tools and resources to optimize the things we most love.
For instance, the era of Hollywood films saw a complete transformation, with new advents of computer animation, artificial intelligence and data science offering audiences some of the best movie experiences.
It’s no longer allowed to execute someone’s vision of the future in an unconventional manner. Now, tech writers and creators can utilize the movie industry to paint the road ahead and offer groundbreaking entertainment.
With that being said, here is a list of six must watch tech movies that’ll leave you feeling the jitters.
The Social Dilemma
This documentary is on the top of the list for a reason.
Jeff Orlowski’s 2020 film showcases how social media is controlling the very fabric of society. Orlowski presents an extremely compelling case that sounds the alarms on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and almost every networking site we’ve probably used at some point.
Facebook’s CEO slammed the documentary as “distorted” and “sensational,” which almost looks like the tech giant is trying to dissuade users from being persuaded by the powerful message The Social Dilemma tries to convey.
That alone should give you incentive to watch this investigative piece.
Released in 2013, the Sci-Fi film was able to visualize the future of artificially intelligent operating systems, or in other words, the advanced version of Siri. One thing’s for sure, the future is not as pleasant as it may seem.
For Theodore Twombly, a lonely man who’s unhappy about his impending divorce, found what was missing in his life through the advancement of AIs’. The film invites viewers into the life of Theodore, who ends up falling in love with his AI personal assistant.
Are you ready to witness a life where personal assistants can evolve human-like abilities?
Have you ever wondered about the dark secrets a multi-billion-dollar computer company may hold? This 2001 techno thriller film directed by Peter Howitt dives deep into the fascinating world of tech giants.
The film’s main character can be seen as a thinly disguised fictional character of Bill Gates. The film does a great job in arousing paranoia and light suspense in a highly advanced tech scene.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 adaptation of Blade Runner follows the life of a policeman who tracks engineered humans, a Blade Runner. The film is set in 2019 and invites audiences into a world where genetically engineered humans are able to do difficult, hazardous work, that even some humans cannot achieve.
This film is followed by the second part, Blade Runner 2049, which was described by film critics as a superior film than the original.
Last year was surely a time marked by the birth of unmissable tech films. This Netflix original documentary film is rated 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes for a reason. M.I.T. Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini brings to light multiple flaws found in facial recognition technology, particularly against those who do not look like the white men behind these technologies.
However, it doesn’t stop there, as Buglamwini investigates the invasive nature of these technologies, and the implications it has on people of color. The director utilizes every minute of the documentary to detail the technological bias created by human’s conscious biases.
Undoubtedly a must watch for tech enthusiasts, Coded Bias will keep you on your feet while it explores the dark realm of algorithms and facial recognition.
The Social Network
Of course, it wouldn’t be fair not to give tribute to the iconic biographical film directed by renowned filmmaker David Fincher. The 2010 film explores Mark Zuckerberg’s journey in creating Facebook, the tech giant that quickly became the world’s go-to networking site. Viewers get an insight on the chronicles of Facebook’s founder Zuckerberg, who went from being a fresh Harvard graduate to a billion-dollar tech entrepreneur.
A lesson to take away from this movie; it’s not about who has the best tech idea, it’s about who can execute it better.
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