Continuum is a Canadian sci-fi series about time travel. It discusses possible futures which have evolved from various political/tech industry situations. For instance, what if a Mark Zuckerberg-ish character did end up running the world? What would that be like and what if he had regrets about how he got there and who he was?
A brief summary of the story features a young police officer (in a world where police work for corporations) called Kiera and a rebellion group called Liber8 in 2077. Liber8 in Kiera’s time are terrorists who are fighting for a world not run by corporations such as the one owned by Alec Sadler (who runs a tech company which essentially controls politics). Before they are punished for thier crimes they initiate a time travel device to send them and Kiera back to present day where Kiera meets a 17 year old Alec Sadler who she tries to keep on the right track and joins a local police force to help them fight against Liber8. However, as more is revealed about what Kiera’s future really entails, Kiera’s ideals are blurred and she doubts whether a world run my mega-corporations is the one she should be fighting for.
Not only was this an awesome plot, I think it is interesting to note what the writers thought the future of technology looked like in 2077.
Keira arrives in the present day with standard issue police suit. This is fully bullet proof with a built in smartphone-esc device. It can can change colour and allow her to go invisible. She also had chips implanted in her head which make holding a phone or attatching a Bluetooth device to speak on the phone a thing of the past. Her eyes automatically record everything she sees which in her present day is used for evidence. She can also create a hologram anactment of almost any crime scene.
Tangible money is a thing of the past
This is already something that there is less and less of in the real world. It is not an unbelievable portrayal of a future world that people can automatically add or deduct credits.
Not a nice thought but not an unbelievable concept…
Continuum gives an interesting ideas in to what the world might look like if it was taken over by Silicon Valley giants. It also gives an interesting and not inconcievable view of the future of tech. I would recommend this series to anyone who like Sci-Fi with good political plotlines!