curated: we’re catching up to science fiction

A key Blade Runner date is “happening” in 2017 (and some happened in 2016):

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Tue, Jan 10, 2017 3:41pm

In more ways than that. I’ve heard it said that cyberpunk is no longer being made because most of its predictions have come true.

For me, there are almost half a dozen core predictions cyberpunk makes that have come to pass. First, the rise of corporate power compared to governments. In the past corporate entities were mostly national. Drivers in the US drove cars built-in the US, drivers in Europe drove cars built-in Europe, and so on. Food was consumed within the country it was grown. Over the past century, however, technological advances have allowed products, services, and ideas to flow freely around the world in amazing ways. However, this has allowed the development of commercial social structures on a scale that has never been seen before. Companies now wield money, influence, and power on a scale that was once held solely by governments.(Apple, Boeing, BP, Coca-Cola, Google, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Samsung)