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#PostModem

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The next 15 minutes might just change your life.

Or you might end up hating this more than anything else I've ever posted.

WTF was that, you ask?

According to the filmmakers, #PostModem is "A comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, as told through a series of cinematic tweets."

But I'm guessing that (like most people) you only made it through the first few minutes before smashing your computer and stabbing yourself repeatedly in the eyes with a fork, so let me try to paraphrase:

This film is what happened when Morpheus adopted Nyan Cat and took him home to watch Black Mirror.

Heavy meta cat

Heavy meta cat

Let's be honest, it's hard to enough to know what's happening online today, much less guesstimate where it's heading tomorrow. But fortunately, that's what I get paid to do so I'll do my best to describe the cliff the futurists and filmmakers mentioned above currently believe we are heading towards.

'The technological singularity' is a kind of tipping point, whereby artificial intelligence (or robots, whichever you prefer) become smarter than humans. It's impossible for most of us to comprehend what that might look like, but as someone who studies this stuff for a living, I imagine it would be something like this:

The short answer is there are lots of theories, but much like the religious prophets that came before them, nobody can agree on much beyond our impending doom.

Which is what makes the above film so interesting.

Because if all we have to go on right now are celebrity meta tweets and the vague gut feelings of a few hyper intelligent digital-Gandalf types, then this 15 minutes of insanity is the perfect response.

After reading over all the available theories and mapping that against the incessant barrage of in-jokes and imagery we are fed everyday via our social streams, Jillian Mayer and Lucas Levya have tried to make sense of what that narrative might actually look or feel like. Needless to say, it looks and feels like nothing we've ever seen before.

If you're interested in any of this, check out Mayer\Levya, watch The Terminator or read just about anything by Ray Kurzweil or Douglas Rushkoff.

Just whatever you do, don't watch Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror before bed, ok?