Netflix just released the trailer for a new docuseries called The Future Of, and it dives deep into humanity’s most confounding technological advancements and how they might impact our lives in the future. From the potential to understand what our pets are thinking to the possibility of humans one day being able to live forever, this doc posits that the near future could bring about changes that we previously only dreamed of.
As one subject says in the trailer, some of these concepts are “scary as hell” to think about — but the future of technology might be a lot more advanced than most people realize.
Other big questions asked in the trailer include “What if your data was stored in your houseplant?”, “Can future cities look like forests?” and of course, the real kicker: “Do we want to live forever?”
Narrated by Lovecraft Country star Jurnee Smollett and hailing from the creators of the popular Netflix docuseries Explained, The Future Of promises to “reveal surprising and personal predictions about the rest of our lives — and the lives of generations to come,” according to Netflix.
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This season of The Future Of consists of 12 episodes, each 25 minutes in length. The first six will be released on June 21 with the second six following a week later on June 28.
Executive producers include Nilay Patel and Eleanor Donovan for The Verge, Shawn Levy and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment, and Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen, Max Heckman, Michael John Warren, and Chris Grosso for Vox Media Studios.
Watch the trailer above, and read the descriptions for all 12 episodes, courtesy of Netflix, below:
Driven by our obsession with pets, humans are developing better and better technologies to communicate with them. We explore a future where dogs and people can truly understand each other, and we may even develop virtual tools to enrich our furry friends. Did someone say ‘dog internet’?
Dating apps: they’re awkward, time consuming, and actually a pretty bad way to get to know someone. It’s easy to meet people, but hard to actually connect. In the future, brain science and artificial intelligence will help us connect, and we’ll find ourselves in a future where the classic meet-cute is completely reinvented.
Houseplants have been our domestic companions for as long as we can remember, but what if they did even more? In the future, plants will be used for everything from pollution monitoring to street lighting to data storage.
Video games, once confined to our screens and digital devices are starting to bleed into the real world with augmented reality. But today’s AR is just a taste of what’s to come. In the future, this tech will become so advanced that it will touch everything from fashion to architecture to food. Thanks to games, we’ll see all of reality through a new lens.
What was once only possible in the movies is becoming a reality: commercial space tourism is rapidly evolving! In the very far future, if we can tackle the technical and practical challenges of space travel, we’ll push the boundaries of where civilians can go– from hotels in orbit, to life-changing experiences on the moon.
Would you pay $100 for a Big Mac? Cheeseburgers are becoming more and more expensive to produce, and they’re not great for the environment. But there might be a way to produce meat that saves money, livestock, and our planet: growing meat cheaply and sustainably in our homes.
Life After Death
When someone dies, we’re left to handle two distinct pieces of their legacy: physical remains, and digital remains. Today, both of those things are full of challenges, from environmental sustainability to digital privacy. In the future, we’ll solve both in one beautiful and touching experience: memorials that bring our loved ones back to life, in more ways than one.
Today, our favorite athletes push themselves to break records… and limbs. In the future, advancements in sports medicine will not only keep players out on the field– it will help them achieve remarkable feats of strength and speed that will redefine what it means to get in the game.
What if your closet could print out an outfit at the click of a button? And what if those clothes were made from a new generation of green materials? In the future, your clothes might not only fit you perfectly– they’ll be better for the planet.
Skyscrapers are icons of their cities…but with the growth of urban populations, many have become unsustainable, unlivable and unwelcoming. We imagine a clean, high-tech, cutting-edge city of the future, where our buildings themselves are not only communities: they’re living, breathing organisms.
We do a lot to keep ourselves healthy, but in the future, we may enter an age of designer organs. These brand new body parts will revolutionize our healthcare and pharmaceutical needs. They’ll keep our “classic” organs humming along, produce customized vitamin and drug regimens, and even help us fight off new viruses.
Music pushes technologies, industries, and cultures forward. And in the future, your headphones will be every bit as important as the music you listen to, because your headphones will listen to you. They’ll become the ultimate wearable, measuring your life and tailoring the sounds of your world to you and you alone.
Main Image: A still from The Future Of courtesy of Netflix