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Videos we like: Our favorite sci-fi films you won't see at this year's Academy Awards
Invisible men, brutal algorithm-driven dystopia and devices that fragment consciousness – it's been a tasty year for sci-fi. As we approach The Oscar's 2021, we look at a few movies about the future of tech that, unfortunately, didn't make the shortlist. Which one surprises you the most?
How did these sci-fi films miss out on The Oscars 2021?
It's that time of the year again. The great and good from the world of film come together to celebrate cinematographic achievements. Except, this year, we won't be focusing on those. We'll be focusing on those that *didn't* make it.
Yes, we're delving into the depths of the unrecognized to focus on what we do best: tech film. The future of technology to be precise. There's a rich well to drink from, too. So here's our favorite sci-fi films about the future of tech that *didn't* make the list for The Oscars 2021.
The Invisible Man (above)
Director: Leigh WannelGriffin, a scientist interested in optics, stalks his wife with an invisibility suit which only works when he's totally naked. The suit supposedly bends light, using various cameras and displays to record the wearer's surroundings and transmit them on its surface. You might be thinking, can someone actually make an invisibility suit? It may be closer than we think.
Director: David S.F. WilsonVin Diesel is back. After witnessing his wife's murder, his character Ray wakes up in a strange facility with amnesia. Turns out his blood has been replaced with nanorobots that give him superpowers – think Wolverine meets The Punisher. He can heal from any injury thanks to the tiny helpers in his blood, plus morph his own body, changing his shape and appearance. Sound like your kind of thing?
Director: Brandon Cronenburg
Will the life of an assassin ever get any easier? Possessor thinks so. In this near future tale, hired killers, called 'possessors,' control the bodies of others to earn their money. No trace, no trouble. But how does it work? Brain-implant technology that plants the consciousness of one into the other. Thing is, both exist in the same body. Surely that's a recipe for disaster? Yes, as our protagonist finds out.
Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.
Widowed protagonist, severe amnesia and a new form of experimental brain treatment – what could go wrong? Nolan is struggling to adapt to life after the loss of his wife, so he turns to tech to sort himself out. In Black Box, tech — in this case, a virtual reality headset — is used to help access and unlock memories, drastically altering our personalities and perspectives on our past. The hope? That by uncovering the dark recesses of our brain through VR reconstructions, we can come to terms with grief, pain and anguish. Keen to give it a try?
Watch it: Amazon Prime
Director: Eric Schultz
R10 – recognize the name? Probably not; it's a fictional, mind-altering device. Ethan, our protagonist, built R10 – which isolates sections of the brain that control emotions or behaviour, allowing us to better understand our personalities. But things go a little bit stray when Ethan's consciousness starts fragmenting into different pieces. It's not a technology we see getting past regulators any time soon. That said, would you try it?
Watch it: Amazon Prime
Ready to stream? Make sure you do this first
If you're streaming films, particularly recently released ones, do it from a recognized, paid service. Why? Because free streaming sites are a breeding ground for phishing attacks, spam emails and malware. Kaspersky experts found that almost 70 percent of malicious files are disguised in three Oscar-nominated movies: Promising Young Woman, Judas and the Black Messiah, and the Trial of the Chicago 7.
In short, cybercriminals know that 'free' films are a popular lure for unsuspecting victims. So how can you avoid getting hacked? Check the website's authenticity (including URL spelling), pay attention to files you're downloading (a video file will never be called .exe or .msi) and use reliable security solutions. There, you're ready to stream.
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Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize
Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.
Imagine Beyond - The Body (above)
In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?
Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.
Unlocked: Is more tech inside making us better?
Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.
Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines
Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?
Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?
Eternal life might be possible sooner than we think. What will it mean for our bodies and society?
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!