Dystopian Fashion Comes with Special Signal-Blocking Pocket for Phones

British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid. » 9/25/14 11:29am 9/25/14 11:29am

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem Is a Grim Facebook Dystopia

In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own… » 9/17/14 2:23pm 9/17/14 2:23pm

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 10:11am 9/15/14 10:11am

At Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network

In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con. » 7/25/14 10:10am 7/25/14 10:10am

Trailer For Dystopian Flick Young Ones Features The Real Robot BigDog

We did NOT expect to get this excited about another dusty dystopian flick, but there's something about Young Ones that hits us right in the "near future" sweet spot. First up, the cast is stellar — it has Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and BigDog! We're so glad BigDog is getting its big screen debut. » 7/14/14 11:09am 7/14/14 11:09am

This lecture is the one primer you need on NSA surveillance technology

We know that the NSA has been monitoring millions of calls made in the United States. But what are they doing with that data? And how do they analyze it? Find out everything you need to know in this incredible lecture from Princeton computer science professor and government technology adviser Ed Felten. » 2/28/14 5:05pm 2/28/14 5:05pm

Watch a 9-year-old ninja fight dystopian police, in this great video

If you need a futuristic fight scene to perk you up, then we've got you covered. This catchy new song from Five Knives, "The Future," comes with a terrific video that shows a scary future world of authoritarian police, rigid conformity — and 9-year-old ninjas who fight back against the system! » 11/25/13 1:47pm 11/25/13 1:47pm