After watching this particular film, I must say that i’m more than amazed, to the point that i felt a little disturbed.
If that’s how the future would be like, sure, things would be way more organized, way more personalised and everything can be settled much more efficiently and effectively.
However, all these comes with at a price. We would be trading up our privacy for convenience. Now the question is, will it be worth it?
Present day, with social networking sites like ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’, every single place that you’ve been to, every single thing you do and basically almost everything about you is being exposed, regardless if you want it or not. One moment, you’re our watching movies with your friends, at the next, some other friend texts you to ask ‘Why didn’t you ask me along??’. You’d be surprised at first, until you realized one of your friends actually ‘tweeted’ something like ‘Watching Minority report now with xxx, xxx and xxx. Can’t wait!’.
Isn’t it a little disturbing to have your every movement monitored and made known to basically everyone online?
Everything you post, every word you type, everywhere you went, there’d be records somehow. Be it a status update, a tweet or tagged photos. I bet your facebook account knows more about what you’ve been up to nowadays than your parents. All of these are made even more ‘convenient’ with the help of smartphones. Take a walk down the streets and you’d see that in 10 people, at least 8 of them are using smartphones. Posting on ‘Facebook’ walls or tweeting is made so much easier than making a call to your mum to inform her that you’d be watching a movie with some friends.
In the movie, what fascinates me most would be the futuristic advertising tactics. Everything is so personalised and it makes it seems like as if the virtual sales promoter really acknowledges that you had a bad day and would probably need a beer (etc.). Such effective advertising would prove to be VERY convincing indeed.
Iris recognition would be one of the cleverest invention ever in my opinion. This really takes personalisation to a whole new level. It’s impossible to have two people with the same type of iris. Thus, everything would really be authentically ‘You’ in a way. So gone will be the days of having to crack your brains for suitable and strong passwords. Why the need, if you’re able to safeguard everything with your iris, which is the strongest ‘password’ that can ever be forged, recreated etc.
However, something that i really frowned upon in the film would be the use of ‘Pre-Cogs’ and the development of a ‘Pre-Crime’ sector in the police force. Sure, it managed to keep the city free of crime for years but then again, looking at it from another point of view, these people are judged and punished way before they did anything. You may say that prevention is better than cure, however, who are you to be given the right to just decide the fate of another human being without giving him or her a chance to change things.
This brings down to one point, the existence of the minority report means that nothing is ever certain. Thus this system is doomed to fail right from the very start. Foolishly abiding to it would be the biggest crime in my opinion.
Also, there’s something that we are missing out on. Technology and machines cannot be infallible. At the end of the day, humans created and urged the advancement in technology. If humans, who are prone and bound to err, created a something, it means that that particular creation would have moments whereby it would malfunction too.
Thus, i strongly believe that no matter how advanced technology is, it will never be infallible. Nothing is ever certain. I believe that technology will never stop advancing and that in the near future, there’d be shocking and amazing breakthroughs in this sector. However, there won’t be perfection.
Humans are the epitome of imperfection.