Many of us live in abject, crippling fear of the present on a day-to-day basis. With chemical weapons in Syria, irradiated fish washing up on the shores of the Pacific, and Jessica Chobot running around ruining perfectly good sweaters with her robot arm, there’s plenty of reasons to be terrified of the present. But what about the future, that great unknown? Well, thanks to comedian Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) and his secret underground fallout shelter, we can now run real-time scenarios and pontificate on plenty of reasons to spend our every waking moment curled up in the fetal position on his brand new Nerdist Channel series, Reasons to be Scared of the Future.
Episode one finds Rhys tackling the subject of sentient supercomputers. As we all know from 2001: A Space Odyssey, nothing bad happens when a computer becomes self-aware, right? Right? Maybe I watched the expurgated edition. In any event, start stocking up on canned goods and find out just how the singularity is going down.
What do you think? Why are you scared of the future? Let us know in the comments below or whisper it to me in hushed tones on Twitter.