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2019: A Future Imagined [VIDEO]

Syd Mead discusses Blade Runner and the world of tomorrow.
December 6, 2010, 8:25pm

Syd Mead, visual futurist and concept artist who’s famed for his designs for Aliens, Blade Runner, and Tron is a man who practically lives in the future, sending back dispatches to our woeful times. Director Joaquin Montalvan has made a short film with Mead about what the future holds in store for us. In it, Mead reflects on Ridley Scott and the genius of Blade Runner, the robotics of the future, and how human intelligence, creativity, and imagination will drive the innovations of tomorrow.

We’ve extracted some nuggets of wisdom from the video (which you should watch in full!) for your skimming pleasure:

“Imagination is essentially memory. It’s putting different elements together in different combinations. It’s a process of arranging knowledge into new formats.”

“Here’s the core thing of creativity: you have to be three people. You have to be the person who’s creating the idea and solving the problem, you have to be a technician who can solve the problem in a format that’s usable, and you have to be a third person who is offstage watching those other two do what they do. If you can’t detach yourself from what you’re doing, you’re not going to do good work. Hubris kills.”

“What drives the future is the quest of human intellect wanting to investigate curiosity and wanting solutions to unanswered questions.”

“I’m optimistic about the future because we have more people working on problems today than ever before.”