Some of the better sci fi movies that have come out over the past 30 years that seem in the realm of the possible and do not use time travel, aliens, or faster than light travel for their story lines include in no particular order:
- Elysium - excluding the space station, it would have to be considerably further away than it looked, and an open design to space to allow "crash" landings? Well, maybe....
- Antiviral - look beyond the maybe not so preposterous story line
- Surrogates - just a little further into the "virtual" world and robots
- Enemy of the State
- The 6th Day - cloning and memory control, seems more realistic by the day
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - long winded, but the ability to control memories
- The Island - cloning a slave work force and having memory imprints to quickly online them into productivity
- Deep Impact
- RoboCop - corny, but with today's robots, bionics, and again, that memory imprint "technology"
Don't get me wrong, there's lots of good sci-fi flicks out there, but many use a piece of fantasy as the underlying prop. The only one that I have seen and didn't list is Star Trek, which, despite having faster than light travel, actually has more science based features in aggregate than anything listed above, including its FTL travel. It's humanoid lifeforms speaking english everywhere... well, that's what kills it as sci fi, but they needed something besides boring dead planets to visit as foils for the ever impressive Capt James T Kirk.
Stargate? It was more plausible as the seeding of the universe with humanoids, but again, uses an alien race as the a story basis. At least their aliens were completely bereft of "human" rationale and logic, for the most part, working within their own constructs.The "ancients" metaphysical beings killed this one, even though that may be a more realistic final picture for ourselves, in some sort of computer matrix. We're already discussing uploading ourselves after all.
I certainly hope that NSA contractors are a little better than your run-of-the-mill company in terms of security.
Hate to break it to you....
I have no issue with recording the police nor having the police record all they do. They are in a special position to infringe on other's people's rights and are confrontational in doing so. Having that recorded protects them as well as those they interact with. Now recording regular people 24/7? Yes, I'm 100% against that occurring against the subject's wishes.
To be on topic - the funniest quote was the glass owner's worries about invasion of privacy. Maybe she'll think twice about wearing it all the time now.
But let me spell out the subtext here for anyone that can't read between the lines: If you try and keep the government from storing this data, we'll just go find someone else to hold it.
Nice attempt at misdirection, but the gov holding the data is only worse than the gov having access to said data to begin with, which is the real issue. 4th, 9th, and 10th Amendments and all, ya know