One of my all-time favorite late night skits is from the old Conan O’Brien Show and is called In the Year 2000. Conan, his sidekick and sometimes even his guests, would hypothesis about how different, crazy and hilarious the pop-culture world would be in the future. It was comedic gold, especially when it finally became the year 2000 and they continued to do the skit anyway. Eventually, it evolved into the year 3000 but, I digress.
While Conan’s skit was all fun and comedy, have you ever wondered what the real world would be like way (we’re talking WAAAAAAAAAY) into the future? If you stop to think about it, it’s really fascinating to picture all the possibilities surrounding new technologies, medical breakthroughs, the role artificial intelligence will play and how different life could possibly be!
Nat Geo decided to tackle the possibilities and will be releasing a new docudrama called Year Million. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the docudrama will be six parts and will include testimony and speculations from some of the worlds brightest minds in literature and science including Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Mira and David Byrne. Not quite captivated yet? Check out the full synopsis from Nat Geo regarding the upcoming series:
From the moment our ancestors smashed two rocks together to forge the first tool, technology and imagination have shaped our humanity and continues to define who we can become. What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. Now, YEAR MILLION, a new six-part documentary-drama series from National Geographic, explores what it will be like to be human one million years into the future. Today’s brightest futurists, scientists, scholars and notable science fiction writers guide viewers through the very latest advances in technology, ideas and innovations that likely will power the evolution of our species. Through illustrative, dramatic storytelling, YEAR MILLION paints a version of humanity’s fate through the lens of a typical futuristic American family, which includes a daughter who is android. The series propels us into an odyssey of unfathomable choices humans will face while questioning the kind of lives we’ll live and the people we’ll become a million years from now. YEAR MILLION imagines a future when mortality becomes a thing of the past; man merges with machine; intelligence is limitless; and the human species becomes interplanetary.
- The series predicts how every aspect of technology may affect our lives for better or worse and ponders the following questions:
- How will we adjust to longer lifespans, and what does it mean to live forever?
- How will we deal with the realities of advance Artificial Intelligence, giving machines the ability to think analytically?
- Will our unquenchable thirst for human exploration transform us into an interplanetary species living across multiple universes?
- How will progress in Virtual Reality shape our response to living outside our bodies?
- Will we harness the wisdom of a Hive Mind, a unified consciousness or intelligence where we lose our individuality and share resources among a collective group?
Is your mind blown yet? Year Million will premiere Monday, May 15th at 9pm EST.
Source: Nat Geo Press Release
A karaoke obsessed, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?).