It’s taken nearly three years of work, but The Tech Warrior’s first Netflix show – The Future Of – is finally here, with a second set of episodes on June 28.
The Future Of is an ambitious look at how everything around us could change over time, narrated by Jurnee Smollett. And it really is a show about everything: our episodes focus on topics from cheeseburgers and dogs to skyscrapers and the afterlife. We did our best to imagine how these things could change in our lives, the near future, and then the wildest distant future imaginable. And we’ve done it by talking to the people working on these ideas right now — and a few The Tech Warrior reporters along the way. Think of it as a documentary for the future.
We wanted the predictions in The Future Of to be exciting. We wanted them to be a little weird. We even wanted some of them to be a little scary. (One of my rules for the show was that we shouldn’t just predict a global surveillance network, a concept that many other ideas seem to depend on.) But the point is to remember, none of this is guaranteed.
One of the main ideas that we have at The Tech Warrior is that science and technology are not just things that happen. People work hard to invent things, people use those inventions in surprising ways, and a new world comes into view all the time as that cycle repeats itself endlessly. So, more than anything, we wanted to create a show that made people feel that an exciting and hopeful future is possible—if we commit to it.
We had some incredible partners in making this show: Rose Eveleth and her team at Flash Forward came on board as story producers, helping us build a vision of the future that is simultaneously grounded in reality and deeply fantastic, and Josh Barry and his team at 21 Laps Entertainment (the production company behind a small show called Stranger Things) helped us make those fantastic visions of the future exciting and accessible to everyone. And of course, the teams from Vox Media Studios and The Tech Warrior who worked on the show made sure it was great at every turn.
The Future Of will premiere on Netflix in two six-episode batches. The first six episodes are now live! They are about the future of:
Dogs Dating Houseplants Gaming Space Vacations Cheeseburgers
The second set will arrive on June 28 and will be about The Future Of:
Death Fashion Skyscrapers Sports Health Headphones
The Future Of is one of the most exciting projects we’ve ever undertaken at The Tech Warrior. We can’t wait for you all to see it.