When “Incorporated” first premiered on Syfy, one detail we couldn’t get over was the plethora of cool future tech that exists in the series. The story takes place a mere 62 years from now, and while we’re unsure if the world will become as technologically advanced as the fictional world that’s presented here, there are some items that don’t seem too far out of reach.
Let’s be clear, though, there’s a bunch of technological breakthroughs that appear on the show that tends to present us with some ethical quandaries. For example, Wednesday’s (Dec. 21) episode featured some very user-friendly eugenics software that takes anything natural out of the child-birthing process. That may sound cool to some, but there’s something about messing with simple biology in this manner that gives us pause.
So, since it’s the holiday season and we’re all full of that Christmas cheer, we decided to stick with the wow-worthy tech that we’ve seen thus far on the series and keep the sinister stuff at bay. Heck, who doesn’t want to read their social media feed directly on their bathroom mirror, anyway?
1. Nano-tech healing spray
In the future, a nano-tech spray will exist that will instantly heal skin from the nastiest gashes. We’ve seen this play out, so far, in multiple scenes involving Ben Larson’s wife, Laura. The fact that she’s a doctor probably comes in handy. It’s pretty safe to say this tech doesn’t exist anywhere but inside the Green Zones.
2. A pair of goggles with a personal trainer inside
To keep herself fit, Laura goes on runs regularly through her neighborhood. In a very “Black Mirror”-style twist, her jogging is accompanied by an A.I. personal trainer. Not only do the goggles she wears track her health stats, a fitness pal helps her along the way.
3. Self-driving cars
Shouldn’t we have these by now? No, this isn’t “Demolition Man” or “Blade Runner,” but with Google and other tech giants throwing their hats in the driverless vehicle ring, you’d think we’d see more of these on the road.
Then again, there is cause for concern with regards to, well, every type of driving condition. It’s also worth noting, the self-driving cars depicted here come with all sorts of nifty bells and whistles. Come on, Elon Musk… Make it so!
4. Spatial hologram technology
This tech right here would really up the ante in any game of hide-and-seek. We saw the benefits of this tech play out in Episode 3, which hid certain people and situations from the naked eye. Now, this gadget could be used for good or evil purposes, to be sure. But, come on… Everyone wants to be invisible at some point in their lives.
5. A new take on a contact high
Alright, this one is the most morally questionable item on our list. But there’s something about the concept of experiencing someone else’s inebriation while not actually taking on the calories or worrying about the inevitable hangover. We’re not exactly sure how the headsets work, other than the person ingesting the drugs and alcohol is emotionally linked to those on the receiving end.
Sure, it sounds cool… But what about the person doing all the drinking? Yeah, we’re hoping at the very least this dude volunteered of his own free will. Wait, does free will even exist in the future?
“Incorporated” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.