Tomorrow is 2019, which means we have officially hit the year that the film that the film Blade Runner takes place. So where are the flying cars and the massive city-sized billboards and all the neon?
Well, okay, we don’t have a slave-race of androids with limited lifespans who send their time in deep contemplation of mortality while killing their creators, but we have other neat stuff that the film predicted. CNN did an article on the subject and it’s a fascinating read.
In short, we do have flying cars, but they’re prototypes, they’re not as mobile as the movies, but they do exist and they promise positive things.
The climate has changed (don’t argue with me on this) and while we get less atmospheric fog and rain to wash away all those memories, but we do have catastrophic storms, so that’s fun.
We don’t have sentient robots yet, but there are a bunch of androids in development. There aren’t any cool android snakes like what Salome had but we're getting closer.
There are MASSIVE billboards dotting our cityscapes. Not all of them are neon and not all of them feature three dimensional models to pitch seductive ads to passersby, but anyone who ever visits Times Square will get a real sense of deja vu.
So in short there’s a bunch of ways that our present and the future presented in Blade Runner but it’s always interesting to see how effectively our science fiction stories predict the world we’re living in. In the meantime, check out the aesthetic perfection of the series with the 2049 trailer. I’m also a big synth wave/vapor/dark synth guy, so check the playlist below.