Another Day, Another Dumb-ass List

Here’s a list from Popular Mechanics of the 10 Most Prophetic Science Fiction Movies Ever (via Instapundit).

I really need to get me one of them jobs where you get paid to write crap. (I do get paid to write crap for tech ‘zines from time-to-time, but it’s crap that takes a whole lot of research and time.)

The best thing about this list is that a great many of the ones that he picks are simply movies that reinforce his current prejudices. His #1 pick is GATTACA.

Genetic engineering is still centuries away, but the opportunity to decimate free will, by way of well-intentioned genetic early warnings, has already arrived.

Proposals to intern “likely criminals” go back long before GATTACA. Genetic analysis is just the latest in the series of excuses used. And genetics, of course, was the justification behind Hitler’s happy fun-time camps. What’s different now? Oh, right, we have the science to actually identify genetic markers. Except of course, we don’t really.

In other words, it’s still science-fiction. Just like Minority Report’s cumbersome user interface.

Santana would be rolling over in his grave with his pick of Soylent Green. Climate Change is a reality, while overpopulation isn’t? But we had computer models of overpopulation proving there would be 40 million people in New York! SCIENCE!!

In fact, the big irony is the use of today’s junk science to proclaim the hits and misses of yesterday’s junk science. Blade Runner gets high marks for the constant rain, apparently. (It’s going to make New York a perpetual summer but L.A. a perpetual rain forest or something.)

Once again: Bah.

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