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Gods, Bots And The New World Order

‘Non-human’ entities rule our world. And we are mere puppets in the Great Game.

Gods, Bots And The New World Order Photograph: Chinki Sinha

The future-yet-to-arrive is the present-we-live-in. To make a film about our future today is to invoke a present that is lost in past. For the first 21 years of the 21st century we lived in a future that not only arrived staunchly but has steadfastly bec­ome our grim past. Our future is a parallel universe that exists here and now because there is nothing new about the future. We live in a derelict future that has already been imagined in someone’s fiction. We are not living in someone’s dream; we are living in someone’s story that has already been told, not once but many times.

Our present is a bureaucratic nightmare that Franz Kafka anxiously inscribed in The Trial (1924); a catastrophic epidemic that Albert Camus fervently portrayed in The Plague (1947); a fascist despotism that George Orwell described in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949); a viral deformity that enervates our sense of being that Jose Saramago forebodingly apprehends in Blindness (2004). Here, future is a weary past that is debilitatingly embodied in our delinquent present.

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