SURVIVING THE FUTURE
Director and Writer
1×60 MINUTES Produced by Red Apple for CBC main network
Commissioning editor: Michael Claydon
Not too long ago, the future was a dreamscape of flying cars, robot servants, and holidays on the moon. But today, our high tech dreams are about survival – finding a way to prevent the problems we will face this century: nine billion people, climate chaos, and the extinction of up to half the species on the planet. If the worst predictions come true, ecological and economic disintegration could lead to the collapse of our high tech civilization.
The paradox is, at the very same time, science has brought us to the cusp of the most hopeful and transformative period in our history. Scientists are now using revolutionary new technologies to transform human existence, seizing control of nature’s laws to enhance and extend healthy life and alleviate human suffering.
SURVIVING THE FUTURE is an unsettling glimpse into the human psyche right now, as our culture staggers between a fervent belief in futuristic utopian technologies on the one hand, and dreams of apocalyptic planetary payback on the other.