The Future of Work and Death

The Future of Work and Death
dir.Sean Blacknell, Wayne Walsh/United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, Germany/2016/88 min
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”The Future of Work and Death” confronts us with two sides of the same technological coin: the utopian as well as the dystopian future implied by these developments. Either way, human ingenuity seems to be a natural extension of our own evolution. Instead of visualising our impending future, this documentary combines statements from a wide range of specialists with archival footage taken from the open-source Prelinger Archives. This complementary approach thus also urges us to look back on how we got into this situation.

”The Future of Work and Death” is a documentary concerning the growth of exponential technology and where it is taking us. The film focuses on how future technology could significantly change the two inevitable features of the human experience; punching the clock and fading away. It explores how advanced automation, AI and technological singularity could be achievable in the next 30 years.  How job obsolescence and technological unemployment could consequently occur and how digital immortality may not be a thing of science fiction? But what are the socio-political repercussions of these innovations and are we ready for them? Does working less mean living more and is ending ageing incumbent on us? Worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy share their thoughts on these future advancements.



  • projection time:
    88 min
  • country/year:
    United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, Germany/2016
  • director:
  • pictures:
    Martin Warrilow, Daniel McPake
  • production:
    Gadfly Productions UK
  • selected festivals and awards:
    2017 – CPH:DOX Copenhagen, 2017 – IFF Rotterdam

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