Johnny Depp in 'Transcendence' (Warner Bros.)
Not to give anything away (that's not already in the trailer), but things don't work out so well for Johnny Depp and his artificial-intelligence system in the new movie "Transcendence" because, well, of course, they don't.
In Hollywood, the future's a place where computers go bad ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), robots go rogue ("Blade Runner"), and reality TV gets worse than it already is ("The Hunger Games").
"Hollywood has to sell tickets, so they have to scare the pants off the audience," Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and author of "The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind," said via email.
But future-fear-mongering is more than a craven dramatic device. It's human nature.
"These apocalyptic scenarios go way, way, way back — before the Book of Revelation, to Plato's [lost civilization of] Atlantis," says Barry Vacker, an associate professor of media studies and production at Temple University, and author of "The End of the World —Read More »from How Hollywood Preys on Our Fear of the Future