12 Years a Slave (2013)

A missed opportunity?

Oppression of any kind is a delicate issue to depict on the big screen, but there’s not much wrong with Steve McQueen’s biopic of Solomon Northup’s inspiring personal struggle during slavery in the 1800s.

Yet as I watched 12 Years a Slave, something unsettled me that I did not expect: the version of slavery we see is based in the 19th Century. What about now?

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Her (2013)

I’m a big fan of technology.

In the future I can definitely see myself having a big fancy house packed wall to wall with artificial intelligence ready to wait on me hand and foot. Not for vanity, just to help me out with boring stuff like cleaning and ordering new light bulbs.

The thing is, robots will need artificial intelligence, the kind that will allow it to learn and develop with the absence of programmers and weekly upgrades.

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