Incorporated

Incorporated takes place in a dystopian Milwaukee in the year 2074, where many countries have gone bankrupt due to a number of crises and climate change. In the absence of effective government, powerful multinational corporations have become de facto governments, controlling areas called Green Zones. The remaining territories are called Red Zones, where governance is weak or non-existent.

The series follows Ben Larson, a manager at Spiga Biotech, the largest corporation in the world. He works for Elizabeth, the estranged mother of his wife, Laura. In reality, he is a climate refugee from the Red Zone outside Milwaukee whose real name is Aaron. Aaron has infiltrated the Green Zone, assuming the identity of Ben Larson to search for his childhood love Elena, who through a series of unfortunate circumstances has become an executive club companion—a high-end, indentured prostitute who works at a Spiga “executive club” called Arcadia.

On a personal note, Incorporated is an excellent TV Series, truly capturing the reality our world is heading, “High Tech, Low Life“. Plus, Executive Producers are Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (+1 geek point).

The Expert

 

A common situation many people on the tech industry find themselves into.
Written & Directed by Lauris Beinerts , based on a short story “The Meeting” by Alexey Berezin. Starring: Orion Lee, James Marlowe, Abdiel LeRoy, Ewa Wojcik, Tatjana Sendzimir.

PS. Great video

Some fine reads

If you are into Science Fiction, Hacking, Security and Anonymity culture (like me) and want to read some fine books, you should definitely read three of Cory Doctorow’s books, Little Brother it’s sequel Homeland and Pirate Cinema.

The first two talk about a youth’s revolt against the totalitarian / mass surveillance grip of NSA, after a terrorist’s attack on San Fransisco (Little Brother) and the aftermath of the first’s book ending (Homeland), which pits him against a privatized army with branches on several aspects of America’s infrastructure. What I liked on these books was the portrayal of the youth characters on totally believable society, using technology we currently own.

Pirate Cinema on the other hand talks about a very-near future of England (post Brexit maybe), with it’s economy a bit like Greece’s nowadays, where a student loses his access to the internet due to his downloading of movies and has to squat in London, which leads to him having a larger impact that he thought, on England’s legislation for pirated media material.

Obviously the plot is way more interesting than my two-liners, on all three books. The best part of all though is that the links about target the actual books in .pdf form, and are published under the  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, so you are welcome to download and read, redistribute, share them as you like.

Amendment 10/60

A sci-fi/post apocalyptic short film produced here in Greece where in an alternate history, scientists are blamed for nuclear annihilation, and intellectuals are hunted down and killed.
It greatly integrates with the feeling of the ’50s with some Fallout-kind of technology.