Minority Report (feat. Eliot Peper, author) : Episode 65

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Minority Report

What: Tom Cruise running and a future justice system where technology can predict murders before they are committed.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring:  Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Coillin Farrell, Max Von Sydow, Peter Stormare

Featuring guest co-host
Eliot Peper headshot with puppyEliot Peper, author

Recommended and Related Media

Cumulus by Eliot Peper
A near-future techno thriller by our guest co-host! It was really rather good, you should give it a look. 🙂
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Make it So by Chris Noessel
User interfaces. User Interfaces. User Interfaces. USER INTERFACES! In sci-fi! Guest co-host Chris Noessel wrote this wonderful book covering UI/UX in science fiction films. The gestural interfaces of Minority Report are featured in several sections.
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Show Notes

minority report selfie

in the studio for for this episode…


Eliot shares how Kevin Kelly, Stuart Brand, et al advised the filmmakers on how the future ought to look. The movie’s prescience makes a lot more sense now.

Privacy Intrusion

Intrusion creep. Giving up your privacy knowingly. Testing users.

Thought Crimes

Is it a thought crime? Or just determinism?

Big Data/Precogs

Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. Policing, advertising. Oakland and other cities.


The rather rosy picture painted by Minority Report and its realism. How it seems more reasonable now than it may have at the time.

Gestural Interface

Feedback cycle between our fiction and real life.

Dismantling The System

Could such a system be dismantled! It’s hard to just part with a murder rate of zero. Eliminating murder vs civil liberties.



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