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The Future Scares Me

Amazon robots, galactic getaways, and the memory implant from 'Black Mirror'? It's a pass from me.

We have this column called Pressing Questions where we ask our favourite creatives a series of oddball questions. I’ll be honest, for me it’s mainly a selfish opportunity to extract people’s thoughts on one of my most burning topics of conversation: the future.

Specifically, if they had a DeLorean at their disposal, would they travel 100 years ahead of time, or 100 years back? So far the responses are about a 50/50 split, which – with the most utmost respect to our columnists – I just don’t get.

Why would anyone want to witness the horrors that the future has in store for us?! Amazon robots delivering packages to our doorstep; galactic getaways for Richard Branson and his pals; that weird digital clone shit in Black Mirror. I just find the limitless expanse of possibility way too stressful.

A friend of mine told me the other day that he’s holding off on getting his drivers licence because “self-driving cars will be here soon”. Normally, this would be my cue to throw my head back in laughter, but Tesla actually launched their self-driving pilot program recently. Meanwhile, did you know that holograms of dead people are a thing? The future is upon us, and I do not welcome this fact.

I think I’ll bury my head in the sand and pop on Outlander or something. If Jamie Fraser can’t lighten the mood, I don’t know what will.

This piece was written by Alice Griffin, editor of this very site. It first appeared in MTV Australia's weekly newsletter. Sign up here for more exclusive MTV content.

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