We haven't yet created deadly Cylon centurions whose single red eyes are bent on our destruction. But we've definitely seen how our fervor for technology and invention has led us to some unintended consequences, Battlestar Galactica writer Mark Verheiden tells CNN.
CNN ran an article about how our optimism about technology has changed since the days of Buck Rogers and original Star Trek. Besides the "Where's My Jetpack" guy, one of the main people they interviewed was BSG's Verheiden, who currently writes for Heroes:
"There are so many things you can't anticipate when you create a new technology," [Verheiden] says. "Who would have predicted that the Internet would be taking down shopping malls and wiping out newspapers?''
In Battlestar's finale, human beings abandon their faith in technology's ability to improve the future. They destroy their fancy machines and start again as simple hunter-gatherers.
"At some point, you can't expect a miracle to come in the form of technology to save us," Verheiden says. "At some point, the miracle has to come from a change in attitude and a new outlook."
That doesn't mean, however, that Verheiden isn't a fan of imagining future technology. He says he grew up watching "Star Trek" and immersing himself in Futurama-like exhibits.
The elevated cities and the "Star Trek" voyages of yesteryear may now seem corny, but at least they show humanity has a future, he says.
" 'Star Trek' was saying [that] a thousand years from now, people [will] figure out how to get along," Verheiden says. "In some ways, sci-fi says that the future is still optimistic, because no matter how bleak things are, it suggests that we're still here."
[CNN, thanks Tom]